Francis Germovnik, C.M.


Francis Xavier Dahmen journeyed with the first group of Vincentians to the United States and was known for preaching eloquently in English, French, and German. He was pastor of Sainte Genevieve and taught at the seminaries of the Barrens and St. Louis. He was the first pastor of Saint Vincent’s Church in St. Louis, ministering to German immigrants. Although purportedly about Dahmen’s life, the article is more focused on the early history of the Congregation in America and descriptions of the activities of other personnel.