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St. Willebrord Catholic Church

Packers Heritage Trail

 
 
St. Willebrord Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 8, 2012
1. St. Willebrord Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. St. Willebrord Catholic Church was where Vince Lombardi faithfully attended Mass during his 10 years in Green Bay. A devout Catholic, Lombardi would invariably arrive minutes before 8 a.m. on weekdays, park in the back lot and enter the church through a side door.

When Lombardi first arrived in Green Bay in 1959, the Packers' office building on Washington Street was located within two blocks of St. Willebrord. But even after the team moved its offices to Lambeau Field, Lombardi maintained his routine.

The cornerstone on the present St. Willebrord Church was laid on June 14, 1891. the parish was organized in 1864 to accommodate Dutch immigrants, and the Norbertine Fathers assumed control of it in 1932.

Father David Rondou was the pastor at St. Willebrord for 19 years, including the time when Lombardi was coaching the Packers. Rondou was long active in sports and served as athletic director at St. Norbert College from 1930 to 1934.

St. Willebrord also was the church of choice for many of the players on visiting teams when they stayed at the Hotel Northland. The hotel was located three blocks north on Adams Street, and the players would walk to and from Mass on Sunday morning before heading to the stadium.

The Edward and Terri Martin Family
In Memory of Mary Ellen Neufeld Martin
St. Willebrord Catholic Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 8, 2012
2. St. Willebrord Catholic Church and Marker

 
Erected 2012 by Packers Heritage Trail Foundation.
 
Location. 44° 30.749′ N, 88° 0.932′ W. Marker is in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of South Adams Street and Doty Street, on the right when traveling north on South Adams Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Green Bay WI 54301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brown County Civil War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brown County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Curly Lambeau's Office Northern Building (about 600 feet away); The Spirit of the Northwest (about 600 feet away); Columbus Community Club (about 600 feet away); Bellin Building (about 700 feet away); Augustin de Langlade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Green Bay Press-Gazette (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Green Bay.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Packers Heritage Trail. (Submitted on June 14, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.)
 
Categories. Sports
 
St. Willebrord Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 8, 2012
3. St. Willebrord Catholic Church
St. Willebrord Catholic Church in the distance image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 13, 2012
4. St. Willebrord Catholic Church in the distance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 562 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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