American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to fund the restoration of Paris's oldest church. We work in lockstep with our French counterparts at the 'Fonds de Dotation pour le Rayonnement de l'Eglise Saint-Germain-des Prés' (www.depuis543.org) and contribute monies raised in the United States to a central account to finance the restoration work now underway at the Saint Germain des Prés church.

The all-volunteer AFPSGP was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Maryland. It has directly contributed a significant portion of all restoration funds raised to date, thanks to the ongoing generosity of donors in the United States and indeed around the world.

Our mission is twofold: to ensure the timely completion of all restoration works at the church; and to inspire an appreciation for French culture, architecture and art among the general public in the United States.

Our motivation comes from the knowledge that 85% of this project’s budget must come from private hands and that preservation funding is always in short supply.

The history and beauty of Saint Germain des Prés have long touched the lives of Parisians and Americans alike. We ask that you join your passion for Paris to ours. It is a passion for a parish church at the crossroads of fifteen centuries of art, architecture, spirituality, and the quest for beauty.


Please become an ‘American Friend’ so that together we might bequeath a fully renewed church of Saint Germain des Prés into the next thousand years of its extraordinary history.


Director Emeritus

  • Michel David-Weill


  • President/Chair - David G. Sheppe

  • Treasurer - Brian W. Smith

  • Secretary - Carol M. Donohue 

Board of Directors

  • David G. Sheppe

  • Brian W. Smith

  • Philippe Langlois

  • Carol M. Donohue


Carol Donohue, Foundation Administrator

American Friends for the Preservation of

Saint Germain des Prés


Phone: (410)-251-9210

Email: cdonohue.salisbury@gmail.com