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Father David J. Lonergan arrived in November of 1890 to found the parish, staying in the Gordon home until a residence could be provided. Pastor and parishioners chose high ground on the Military Road, near the small town of Fillmore and about eight…

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"Saint Mary’s of Hanover and Saint Mary’s of Dorchester in Allamakee County have been joined by only eight miles of road, and they had a common pastor until 1915. In the beginning the pastor of Lansing, Father William Jacoby, celebrated Mass in a…

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"Probably no other parish in the nation can claim the distinction of Saint Patrick Parish at Hampton. For three years it was served by two priests who were father and son, Father Patrick J. Norton and his son, Father Claude B. Norton. Hampton is the…

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"Saint Mary Parish began with the French Catholics who settled in Clayton County as early as 1833, and missionary priests celebrated Mass and the sacraments whenever they came to the village. The first German families arrived in 1845. Guttenberg…

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"When Greene began to thrive in the 1870s because of the railroads, the Catholic settlers were no longer satisfied with Mass in homes or halls and traveling four miles to Saint Mary’s in Coldwater. They were eager for a church of their own. In 1878…

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"Immaculate Conception Parish began with the town of Gilbertville, which was then called Knox. Several young men, pleased with the banks of the Red Cedar River in Black Hawk County south of Waterloo, laid out the town site in 1854. The Catholic…

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"The Church of Saints Peter & Paul in Story County, north of Ames and a few miles west of Gilbert, is on the Story County side of the county line. About half the parish lies across the county line in the Diocese of Sioux City and Boone County.…

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"St. Patrick’s at Garryowen began with the coming of Irish immigrants a few years after the conclusion of the Blackhawk War and the opening of the Iowa Territory to settlement. Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, the Italian Dominican missionary, tells the…

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"Most parishes have only one patron saint, but the Garner parish has four. Late in the last century Father John McMahon procured a church hall and succeeded in uniting the various nationalities by dedicating the building to Saints Boniface, Rose,…

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"Saint Joseph Parish in Garnavillo began early in the history of the archdiocese. According to tradition, Father Joseph Cretin, who later became the first bishop of Saint Paul, came from Dubuque and celebrated Mass in the homes of John Barrett and…
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