Trinity University Press

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church

150 Years of Ministry in Downtown San Antonio, 1858–2008

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

The history of a historic San Antonio Episcopal congregation

How a new congregation of forty Episcopalians struggling against general rowdiness in an isolated frontier outpost of 8,000 inhabitants had the daring to commission Richard Upjohn, the nation’s leading church architect, to design their church—and then to build it. This the start of one of the stories that makes San Antonio such an unusual place.

As various denominations worked to establish churches in San Antonio, missionaries were able to form an Episopal church in 1850, but it was another eight years before their efforts bore lasting fruit with St. Mark’s. Robert E. Lee and other Episcopalians in the U.S. Army helped keep things going. St. Mark’s became one of the major churches in San Antonio and in the Episcopal Church as well. Among its landmark events was the wedding of future President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Taylor in 1934. St. Mark’s produced a profusion of bishops as it endured and thrived even as downtown churches elswhere went throug difficult times.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, filled with color illustrations and architectural photography, recounts 150 years of struggles and triumphs in a significant congregation’s remarkable journey.


  • Designated as a finalist for the National Benjamin Franklin Award, Best Regional Book


“Fisher succeeds in painting a colorful historical mural of the St. Mark’s community and in profiling its people as actors in an ongoing drama of service and devotion.”

San Antonio Express-News

“One of the better narrative histories of an individual congregation, a volume sure to prove useful to those interested in the heritage of both San Antonio and the Episcopal Church in Texas.”

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church cover
  • Price: $30.00
  • Pages: 152
  • Size: 10 X 10
  • Published: Nov 2008
  • Status: Out of print
  • ISBN: 9781595347152


Texas, Regional, History