Saint Edward (Waterloo, Iowa)


Saint Edward (Waterloo, Iowa)


“As early as June 1944 Archbishop Francis J. L. Beckmann conferred with Father John M. Fischer at the annual Priests Retreat about founding a new parish in Waterloo. In January 1945 his Coadjutor, Archbishop Henry P. Rohlman, appointed Father Fischer to found the parish, giving it Saint Edward as patron in tribute to Monsignor Dougherty. Almost immediately Father Fischer took residence in the Russell Lamson Hotel and formed the 65 families into a parish. They chose Kingsley School as their place of Sunday worship and celebrated first Mass on Palm Sunday 1945 with Archbishop Rohlman present.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #233: Saint Edward Parish, Waterloo,” Dubuque: The Witness, 21 July 1991.


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 75 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Building Documents 1988 (1 packet)

Catholic Men’s Conference 1998 (1 booklet)

Catholic Schools Themed Bulletin 2 February 1985 (1 booklet)

CD – Parish History 1987 (1 CD)

Constitution of Saint Edward’s Guild 1958-1959 (1 booklet)

Dedication 1996 (1 booklet)

Financial Statement 1968, 1976, 1987 (3 booklets)

Guild – Saint Edward’s Guild 1959-1960 (1 booklet)

History (6 documents)

History – ACCW Parish History Project 1960 (1 packet)

History by Rev. Kurt (2 documents)

Letters regarding the building and approval for canonical erection of the parish 1944-1945 (7 documents)

Major Developments 1945-1957 (1 document)

Men’s Group – Ceder Valley Men’s Group Letter Rev. Hanus 1998 (1 document)

Men’s Group Parish Timetable (1 document)

Parish Plan Booklet 1974, 1989 (2 documents)

Pastor Cards (1 set)

Pastor Timeline (1 document)

Rebuild My Church Booklet ca. 1995 (1 booklet)

Rebuild My Church Documents 1995 (1 packet)

Rededication and Renewal 1996 (1 booklet)

Regional Mass of Celebration 1987 (1 booklet)

Timeline (7 documents)

Transmittal Documents 1994-1996 (1 book)

Vocations 1991 (1 document)

“Area man ordained in Saint Louis, MO,” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXV No. 11, 5 May 1985.

Borich, Michael. “St. Edward’s Renew has enlivened parish spirit.” N.p., ca. 1987.

“Chrism Mass,” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXVI No. 5, 23 March 1986.

“Convinced,” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXVI No. 45, 11 January 1987.

Donland, Joan & Eric Schmadeke & Laura Sears. “St. Edward’s Parish,” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXIV No. 50, 17 February 1985.

Eggers, Sandra. “St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Waterloo.” Waterloo: KWWL, 3rd Quarter, 1994.

Kurt, Rev. Msgr. Edgar, “Parish Profile #233: Saint Edward Parish, Waterloo.” Dubuque: The Witness, 21 July 1991. (2 documents)

McMahon, Steve. “Partnership increases global awareness.” Dubuque: The Witness, 16 March 2003, p. 2.

McMahon, Steve. “St. Ed’s befrienders offer emotional, spiritual support.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXXII No. 42, 6 December 1992.

Rohlman, Henry P., “New Parish in Waterloo Established Yesterday,” n.p., n.d.

“St. Edward, Waterloo to celebrate 50th jubilee.” Dubuque: The Witness, 15 January 1995, p. 1. (2 documents)

“Waterloo parish to begin renewal plan.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXV No. 18, 23 June 1985.

“Waterloo turns red for sesquicentennial.” Dubuque: The Witness, 21 June 1987.


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