Holy Cross (Schley, Iowa)


Holy Cross (Schley, Iowa)


"Although Holy Cross Parish began with a resident pastor in 1928, it has been served by neighboring pastors during most of its history. The Catholics of the area had longed for a parish of their own. Perhaps Father Thomas Ballon, pastor of Vining in Benton County, knew something of their yearnings. He asked the Archbishop’s permission to visit Schley to determine the need for a parish. The result was Archbishop James J. Keane’s appointment of Father Ballon to be their pastor and organize a parish in 1928."

-Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, Parish Profile #204, The Witness, December 16, 1990.


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 66 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

Anniversary correspondences (4 documents)
Articles of Incorporation (1 document)
Certificate (1 document)
Closure (2 documents)
Correspondence (8 letters)
Donations (1 document)
Elections (2 documents)
Financial/Insurance documents (3 documents)
Golden Jubilee (2 documents)
History (4 documents)
Inventory (1 document)
Land/Building documents (3 documents)
Oratory (4 documents)
Pastor List (5 documents)
Post Office receipt (2 documents)
Priest’s Council (1 document)

“Holy Cross Church Schley, To Be Dedicated Sun., Sept. 14.” Source unknown. ca. 1941.

“Holy Trinity Church, Protivin and Holy Cross Church, Schley” Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. 321.

Kurt, Rev. Msgr. Edgar, “Parish Profile #204: Holy Cross Parish, Schley.” The Witness. 16 December 1990.

“Schley Parish Jubilee Sept. 24.” The Witness. 21 September 1978.




“Holy Cross (Schley, Iowa),” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed February 4, 2023, http://digitalcollections.loras.edu/items/show/5771.

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