St. Paul (Worthington, Iowa)


St. Paul (Worthington, Iowa)


“German Catholic settlers moved into western Dubuque County in the 1860s and some made their homes in the town of Worthington. Many went to Dyersville for Mass and the sacraments, and fewer went to Saint Martin’s in Cascade, where instructions were in English. They welcomed Father Anton Kortenkamp of Dyersville with his German background, and he readily organized the Worthington congregation and directed the building of a church. The cornerstone was dated November 1, 1868, and dedicated to Saint Paul. A parochial school opened in 1874, taught by laymen.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #63: Saint Paul Parish, Worthington.” Dubuque: The Witness, 28 February 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"


ca. 1893-
History of the parish over the span of 126 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Abstractor’s Certificate, Maps, and Blue Prints ca. 1956 (1 packet)

Annual Parish History Report 1989 (1 document)

Cemetery and Legal Documents Inventory Page 1978 (1 document)

Centennial Booklet of St. Paul, Worthington 1975 (1 booklet)

Centennial of the presence of the Sisters of St. Francis 1878-1978 (1 booklet)

Church Bells History in the Archdiocese – Rev. Edgar Kurt, 20 July 2001.

History (1 document)

History 1937-1961 (3 documents)

Letters and documents regarding the Parish History 1913-1920 (1 packet)

Letter regarding Dora’s donation for those affected by the tornado 1990 (1 document)

Letter regarding the Golden Jubilee 1937 (1 document)

Pastor/Priest Cards (1 set)

Pastor and Major Developments 1939-1974 (1 document)

Records of St. Paul’s Church 1875-1881 copy (3 documents)

Remembrance of Mission Card 1920 (1 card)

Special Apostolic Blessing Request for the 1975 Centennial (1 document)

“100 Year Centennial Worthington, Iowa, July 17 1893-1993.” Delaware County Leader, 14 July 1993, p. 11.

“Corpus Christi.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXXI No. 18, 16 June 1991.

“Fast action saves church.” Cascade: Pioneer-Advertiser, April 2003.

“History of the Worthington Parish.” Dubuque: The Witness, 1 September 1921, p. 15-16.

Japsen, Bruce. “Worthington celebrates centennial Saturday.” Dubuque: Telegraph Herald, 11 July 1993, p. 3A.

Klas, Judy. “Worthington St. Paul’s notes 100 church years,” Dyersville: Dyersville Commercial, 13 July 1983, 1B. (6 pages)

Pins, Deacon Fred. “St. Paul Parish, Worthington.” Dubuque: The Witness, 9 January 2008, p. 13.

“Sister Mary Germaine Ludwig, PBVM.” Dubuque: Telegraph Herald, 5 January 1989, p. 5B.

“St. Paul’s Catholic Church: Worthington,” Pictorial Atlas of Dubuque County, Iowa, Minneapolis: Title Atlas Co., Inc., 1979 (Copyrighted). (3 documents)

“St. Paul – Worthington.” Possibly Dubuque: The Witness, 1997.

The Cascade Pioneer- Advertiser, Volume 98, No. 7, 10 July 1975, Section C, p. 1-10.

“The Finishing Touch.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXVII No. 20, 12 July 1987.

“Worthington.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXVII No. 21, 19 July 1987.

“Worthington.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXVII No. 23, 2 August 1987.

“Worthington Centennial Saturday July 17, Dances July 16, 17.” Delaware County Leader, 14 July 1993, possibly p. 12. (3 pages)

“Worthington’s Heart,” Cascade: The Cascade Pioneer-Advertiser- D 8. (5 documents)


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