St. Isidore (Springville, Iowa)


St. Isidore (Springville, Iowa)


“The Parish of Saint Isidore was canonically resurrected on March 22, 1961, the Feast of Saint Isidore the Farmer. At Father Engler’s suggestion the new parish was dedicated to God in honor of Saint Isidore, the Patron of Farmers. Isidore and his wife Maria are honored as saints of the church, and they are the patrons of farmers and of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. On Sunday, May 21, that year the first Mass on the parish property was celebrated by Father Engler. Until a facility could be built, two Masses were celebrated every Sunday in a house located on parish property north of the highway. Later it served as a rectory, and still later sold.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #175: Saint Isidore Parish, Springville,” Dubuque: The Witness, 20 May 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 59 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Annual History (4 documents)

Building Contract and like documents (1 compilation)

Celebrating the New Isidore’s (2 booklets)

Dedication, Proclamation (1 document)

Letter regarding annual status 1988 (1 document)

Letter regarding original parishioners, Pauline Randall to Rev. Kurt 1990 (1 document)

Letter regarding railroad history from Rev. McBride to Rev. Kurt 1988 (1 document)

Letter regarding Witness Parish Profiles 1989 (2 documents)

Letter Rev. McBride to Sr. Kevin Gallagher BVM 1986 (1 document)

Springville Railroad Information p. 4743 A, 4743 B. (1 document)

Timeline (2 compilations)

Witness article on polka ministry, Vol. LXVI No. 11, 1986.

Bandy, Judith. “Vandal steals tabernacle at St. Isidore, Springville.” 30 April 1995.

“Dedication set for Springville church.” The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 16 December 1989.

Hanus, Rev. Jerome. “Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,” Dubuque: The Witness, 30 April 1995.

“Newest parish to celebrate 25 years.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXVI No. 9, 20 April 1986.

“Saint Isidore to add, renovate buildings.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXIX No. 17, 11 June 1989.

“Saint Isidore Open House.” Dubuque: The Witness, 14 January 1990. (2 documents)

“Springville Dedication.” Dubuque: The Witness, 17 December 1989.


“St. Isidore (Springville, Iowa),” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed July 23, 2024,