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American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés is a 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' ( 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.

We are currently working to renew our tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status which recently lapsed due to a clerical error.  Consequently we have temporarily suspended all fund-raising activities in the United States.  Please contact us for further details.

Our mission remains intact: it is to ensure the timely completion of all restoration works at the church; while inspiring 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.


Although we have temporarily suspended our fundraising activities in the United Sates, we continue to hope to bequeath a fully renewed church of Saint Germain des Prés into the next thousand years of its extraordinary history.. 


(Please be advised we are currently in the process of re-establishing our tax-exempt charity status and that any gifts or donations currently made to our foundation are not subject to tax deductibility for US taxpayers.)


Founder and Director Emeritus

  • Michel David-Weill

              1932 - 2022​


  • 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


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