• A pioneering spirit

    Parishioners from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Necedah know what it takes to build a church from the ground up The people of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Necedah have a long and rich history as a pioneering group. Since its beginnings in the latter part of the 19th century, the parish’s men [… […]

  • Bishop William Patrick Callahan leads the opening Mass for the sesquicentennial celebration of the Diocese of La Crosse

    St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien was filled with excitement and reverence as Bishop William Patrick Callahan opened the diocesan sesquicentennial on March 3rd, 2018. There was a presentation enumerating the elements of the diocesan crest with family members present to recount their heritage. Lead, Kindly Lord, the hymn produced for the year [… […]

  • The church’s foundation

    An early portrait of Jane’s family: seated (l-r) are Alyce Walsh Hornby, aunt; Maime Keegan Walsh, grandmother; Patrick Walsh, grandfather; and Mary Walsh, aunt; and standing (l-r) are James Walsh, uncle; Francis Walsh, uncle; Billy Walsh, father; and Patrick Walsh, uncle. (contributed by Jane Powers) Jane Powers recalls a multigenerational connection with St. Patrick Parish [… […]

  • A history of faith through the generations

    The McGowan family’s roots run deep at St. Mary Parish in Lyndon Station As one of the original farm families in Lyndon Station dating back to 1855, the McGowans have made it a family tradition to pass down their love of farming and their Catholic faith through eight generations. The McGowans are a tight-knit group [… […]

  • Education that lasts a lifetime

    Jim Pulvermacher (Left) and Gordon Moore (right) are two dedicated alumni of St. Mary School and continue to support the school for future generations. JIM PULVERMACHER AND GORDON MOORE FROM RICHLAND CENTER LOOK BACK ON THEIR SCHOOL DAYS AND WHY CATHOLIC EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT TO THEM  Catholic schools are a foundational aspect of Catholic faith in [… […]

  • Sitting on the Hilltop

    Larry Scheckel reflects on growing up in Seneca and life at St. Patrick Parish Life for farm families in Seneca Township revolved around family, Church and school. That was certainly true for the Alvin and Martha Scheckel family, who lived on a 238-acre farm out on Oak Grove Ridge. We, like our Catholic neighbors, observed [… […]

  • Catholicism in southwestern Wisconsin: The history of St. John Nepomucene Parish in the lost village of Dilly

    “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” — Marcus Garvey At 88 and 85 respectfully, Robert and Mary (Wopat) Kretche of St. Aloysius Parish, Hillsboro have experienced their fair share of history and have collected and documented a great deal more. The couple’s interest [… […]

  • Living history

    Mary sits in her family’s pew under the stained glass window her family purchased for St. Gabriel Church. For Mary Elise Antoine of Prairie du Chien, her connection to St. Gabriel Church is for life, just like her commitment to her Catholic faith. Her family’s roots run deep at St. Gabriel Church, although nowhere close [… […]

  • A celebration of memories – St. Boniface Parish marks 150 years

    Though the Village of Waumandee, population 46, is just a speck on the map, this year’s celebration of the sesquicentennial of St. Boniface Parish is a testament to the importance of faith, family values and the practice of the golden rule in this rural farming community. Since 1867, and even many years before, the people [… […]

  • St. Anthony Spirituality Center — reconnecting with God

    St. Anthony Spirituality Center in Marathon City is a place of peace. This piece of heaven on earth is a place to rest, relax and re-energize. Most importantly, it is a place to reconnect with God. Deacon Bryan Hilts, executive director of St. Anthony Spirituality Center, explains the importance of the retreat center: “Often in [… […]