Holy Family (New Melleray/Peosta, Iowa)


Holy Family (New Melleray/Peosta, Iowa)


“Holy Family Parish owes its beginning and many years of its existence to its close neighbors, the monks of New Melleray Abbey. Because the people had little funds and the monastery wished to help them have their own church, one of the monks appealed to his wealthy sister in Europe for a donation which made possible the building of a small stone church. The parish continued to be taken care of by the monks, and a larger church became necessary. So a frame church was built at the north end of the present cemetery. That church was replaced 20 years later by the present brick structure, which was dedicated to the Holy Family in 1889 by Bishop Hennessy.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #17: Holy Family Parish, New Melleray.” Dubuque: The Witness, 29 March 1987.


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"


1849 -
History of the parish over the span of 170 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Announcement for the Witness regarding recalling New Melleray Abbey from pastoral work of the surrounding neighborhood and the appointment of Rev. Kraphfl to Holy Family, 25 December 1952 (2 documents)

Centennial 150th Liturgy (1 document)

Clergy List 1910-1972 (3 documents)

Freeman, E. Brendan, New Melleray History including Bishop Loras’s role, 2 December 1986 (6 documents)

History (2 collections – 16 documents)

Parish Quota for National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 11 July 1953 Biskup Letter (1 document)

Peosta and Holy Family Booklet to Fr. Loras, 2009 – Includes History, Family Directory Pictures ca. 1870, Early Peosta History Horse ads (5 documents)

Pictorial Atlas of Dubuque County, Iowa – 1979, Compiled and Published by Title Atlas Co., Inc. Minnesota, on New Melleray Abbey and Our Lady of the Mississippi Abby, Dubuque, Iowa. (1 document)

Souvenir of the Mission: Passionist Fathers, Holy Family Aug. 27th-Sep. 3rd 1950. (1 document)

“Centennial,” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXIX No. 25, 13 August 1989. (2 documents)

Colton, Ray E., “Penetrating the Silent Halls of the Monastery Near Dubuque, Iowa,” The Des Moines Register, 20 January 1935.

“Holy Family Parish will celebrate 150th,” The Witness, 25 June 2000.

“Trappists in Iowa Withdraw from Parish Work, Ending Link with Days of Pioneers in West,” Washington D.C.: Domestic N.C.W.C. News Service, 29 December 1952 (2 documents)




“Holy Family (New Melleray/Peosta, Iowa),” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed February 24, 2024, http://digitalcollections.loras.edu/items/show/6261.