St. Patrick (Tama, Iowa)


St. Patrick (Tama, Iowa)


“The first resident priest in Tama was Father Charles McCabe, arriving in 1873. He stopped there on a missionary journey and decided Tama was a better location for a church because of the larger community of Catholics and the railroad, which helped him serve the Belle Plaine and Blairstown Catholics. Built in 1875 and named for Saint Patrick, the church replaced the Toledo church, but some members were dissatisfied for more than a decade.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #87: Saint Patrick Parish, Tama,” Dubuque: The Witness, 21 August 1988.


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 155 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Annual Report and Budget Plan 1981-1984 (1 booklet)

Articles of Incorporation 1912 (1 packet)

Articles of Reincorporation and Certificate 1961 (1 packet, 1 certificate)  

“A short history of Catholicism in this area,” unknown date. (1 packet)

Blessings and Dedication for the new St. Patrick’s School (2 booklets)

Bulletin and Annual History 1955, 1956, 1976 (3 documents)

Contribution Cards 1959 (2 documents)

Dedication Mass 2004 (1 booklet)

History of Catholicity in Tama and Toledo ca. 1964, 1976 (2 packets, 1 unbound booklet, 1 bound booklet, 1 bound book)

Mt. St. Bernard Seminary Appeal 1951 (1 document)

Parish Council notes (2 documents)

Parish Vocation Profile (1 document)

Pastor Lists and Major Developments 1914-1960 (3 documents)

Rectory Holy Week Schedule and Christmas Cards in 1943, 1944, 1946 (5 documents)

“Reid’s New Addition to Tama Map/Blue Prints/ Maps (3 documents)

Social Function Cards ca. 1943-1959 (1 document)

Testimonial Citation, Dinner Party in Gratitude, Rev. Goodman (1 document)

Time Table (1 document)

Warranty Deed and Legal Documents 1927, 1991 (1 compilation)

Bandy, Judith. “More flooding in October? ...: Tama shelter fed 2,000 a day.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXXIII No. 29, 5 September 1993.

“Diamond Jubilarians: Seven BVMs mark 75 years.” Dubuque: The Witness, 31 August 2003, p. 2.

Hoverman, Sr. Carol. “Tama hosts Fiesta Latina.” Dubuque: The Witness, 25 September 2005.

Kirsch, John. “Seeking Shelter in Chelsea,” Cedar Rapids: The Gazette, 13 July 1993.

Kolash, Margaret. “Parish makes this newcomer feel welcome.” Dubuque: The Witness, 1 February 2005, p. 5.

Meyer, Steve. “St. Patrick’s plans $3.4 million project.” Cedar Rapids: The Gazette. 3 May 2003, p. 8B.

Morgan, William. “St. Patrick’s Parish, Tama-Toledo, Iowa.” A.C.C.W. Parish History Project, n.d.

“Received into the Church,” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXVII No. 11, 3 May 1987.

“Ready to Serve,” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXXIII No. 29, 5 September 1993.

“Tama School Dive Tops Goal,” Dubuque: The Witness, 20 September 1958.

The Hallelujah Herald, Volume III – Issue 9, November 1988. (18 pages)


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