Explore the Painted Churches of Central Texas
Back in the 1970s, a young college student named Jan Opella wanted to show a friend the little country church with the tall steeple located about 90 miles south of Austin. Her ancestors played an important role in the church’s early years. About 1912 when the church was built, her great-grandparents donated the altar and chose the name, Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church. That church is one of the Painted Churches of Texas, 15 designated historic places built 80 to 100 years ago by German and Czech immigrants.