St. Angsar (Saint Ansgar, Iowa)


St. Angsar (Saint Ansgar, Iowa)


"Two years after Father Thomas J. Conroy returned from his World War II role as military chaplain he was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Parish at Osage. The first Mass in the new church was celebrated on the morning of September 8, 1951. The dedication by Archbishop Leo Binz took place that afternoon. Original membership was 150. The church and parish are named for Saint Ansgar. That saint was chosen because of the town’s name. A Danish pastor, the Rev. Claus L. Clausen, founded the town in 1853 with other Lutherans from Wisconsin and named it for Saint Ansgar, 'the Apostle of the North.'"

-Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, Parish Profile #206, The Witness, January 6, 1991.


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 54 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

Parish societies (2 documents)
Church opening (2 documents)
Parish history (2 documents)
Parish life (10 documents)
Closing articles (3 documents)

Walk, Chuck. “St. Ansgar founded by C.L Clausen.” Mason City Globe-Gazette, n.d.

Beyer, Larry. Donahue, Bob. Heineman, Joseph. Herman, Neil. Kelley, Elvira. Klecknes, LaRayne. Mayer, Terry. Miller, Dianne. Mullerback, Margaret. Pierce, Ramona. Smith, John P. “Constitution.” Parish society constitution. 1985.



“St. Angsar (Saint Ansgar, Iowa),” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed February 5, 2023,

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