St. Peter (New Haven, Iowa)


St. Peter (New Haven, Iowa)


"While Father Patrick Feeley of Charles City visited the Mitchell County pioneers in the 1870s, the New Haven area Catholics decided to build a church that would unite the Irish to the north and the Germans to the south and west. In the spring of 1877 they began to build a church on five areas of land purchased from James McCarthy for $100. The limestone for the foundation was quarried at the Albert Morse farm southeast of Osage. Named for Saint Peter, the frame church was completed in October 1877. Although it was the third church to be built in Mitchell County, it was the first to have a resident pastor."

-Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, Parish Profile #112, The Witness, February 19, 1989.


The Archdiocese of Dubuque.
The Center for Dubuque History at Loras College.




Loras College
Kucera Center for Catholic Thought
Frank and Ida Goedken Series: "Spiritual Life in the Upper Mississippi River Valley"


History of the parish over the span of about 141 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.


Burback, Emily. Burns, Daniel. Gibson, Michael. Oberfoell, Carol. Waldmeir, Helen. Waldmeir, John.


Various primary and secondary sources.

Table Of Contents

Financial documents (10 documents)
Pastors and vocations (3 documents)
Parish history (20 documents)
Unknown author. Flad, J.J photographer. “St. Peter-- New Haven.” The Witness, unknown date
Photographs (10 documents)
Unknown author. Remembrance mass for John Breitbach brochure. 11 May, 1961.
Silver Sacretorial Jubilee (1 document)



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