New Ulm in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
2011 Centennial of The Church of St. Mary
The Church of St. Mary was incorporated on September 26, 1911 by Archbishop John Ireland of St. Paul. The Parish included Catholics living south of Center Street in New Ulm, plus Cottonwood and Courtland Townships. Because of difficult economic times during World War I, "southsiders" attended their Mother Church, Holy Trinity, until 1923. September 1, 1921, Archbishop Austin Dowling appointed Fr. Anthony Losleben as the first pastor. St. Mary's first church/school (pictured above) and convent were dedicated February 2, 1923. At that time there were 300 households and 1,300 members.
By 1968 there were over 700 households with 2,500 members. The old Washington School nearby was acquired and demolished to build a new church. The first Mass in the new St. Mary's was offered on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1971. In 1999 an administrative addition was blessed by Bishop Raymond Lucker of the Diocese of New Ulm, and a new rectory constructed at 416 South German Street. In late 2004 the former church/school and convent were razed. In 2006 St. Mary's became part of the five-parish Holy Cross Area Faith Community. The current church and sanctuary were remodeled in 2009. Bishop John LeVoir dedicated the new alter on December 27, 2009.
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Over the course of the last 100 years St. Mary's has celebrated 4,340 Baptisms, 2,798 First Communions, 3,210 Confirmations, 1,515 Marriages, and 1,847 Funerals. In accord with demographic trends in southern Minnesota, the Parish now numbers 1,125 households and 2,500 members.
Building on its strong history of faith, the Church of St. Mary looks forward with great promise and enthusiasm to carrying the faith into its second century.
historic research and rendering of text for this centennial memorial plaque.
September 26, 2011
Location. 44° 18.455′ N, 94° 27.199′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of South Minnesota Street and 6th South Street on South Minnesota Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flandrau's Charge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Turner Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gänseviertel (Goosetown) (approx. half a mile away); Brown County Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); City Meat Market (approx. half a mile away); Lest We Forget (approx. half a mile away); Roebbecke Mill (approx. half a mile away); The Pioneers of Brown County Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Ulm.
Also see . . .
1. Church of St. Mary. History. (Submitted on May 28, 2014.)
2. St. Mary’s Centennial celebration begins Sunday, Oct. 9. The Journal. (Submitted on May 28, 2014.)
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