Portrait of Father Augustine Smith, born Demetrius Gallitzin
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Portrait of Demetrius Gallitzin

Credit: Courtesy of the Prince Gallitzin Chapel House, Tomb Site, and St. Michael's Basilica, Photo by Wilson

Born into one of Russia's oldest and wealthiest royal families, Demetrius Gallitzin changed his name and abandoned a life of privilege to become a Catholic priest on the Pennsylvania frontier. There he built and financed the first Catholic church and colony in Pennsylvania, west of the Allegheny Mountains.

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