All Saints (Rowley, Iowa)


All Saints (Rowley, Iowa)


"All Saint Parish, Rowley, was established by Father William Leen after he became a pastor of Walker in 1894. After the Rowley Catholics built the church in 1896 at his direction, Father Leen continued to care for the Walker parish and three missions: Rowley to the north, Spencer’s Grove to the southwest, and Sunny Side about ten miles west of Rowley. When Father Leen moved to the Farley parish in 1912, Father Augustine J. Walsh served the All Saints and Walker congregations into 1913."

-Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, Parish Profile #160, The Witness, February 4, 1990.


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


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


Various primary and secondary sources.




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 109 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Correspondence (3 documents)
History (4 documents)
Parish life and news (21 documents)
Closing articles (3 documents)

Unknown author. “All Saints, Rowley, makes plans for 100-year mark.” The Witness, ca. 1996. 

Unknown author(s). “ALL SAINTS CHURCH; Rowley, IA; December 31, 1985.”

Annual financial report. 31 December, 1985. Corkery, Daniel. Grover, James. Hatt, Vincent J. Kress, Leonard. Kucera, Daniel W. Van Sloten, Bonnie. Von Lehmder, Betty. “Constitution and Bylaws of All Saints Parish Council.” September 1985.


“All Saints (Rowley, Iowa),” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed July 15, 2024,