St Jerome 1856 to 2006 Timeline 150th Anniversary

Cover of Anniversary Booklet

Blessing from Pope Benedict

First page of booklet, where we belong in the big plans of GOD

Chapter 1 – Years 1856 to 1880

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

- Psalm 100:4-5

“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him.

So your servant has found courage to pray to you.

- 1 Chronicles 17:25

Congregation in 1872 :

80 families

Baptisms in area :

approx 440

Weddings in area:

approx 60


Rev. Martin Kundig 1858 – 1866

Rev. Edward McGurk

Rev. James O’Keefe 1868 – 1870

Rev. Edward McGurk

Rev. Ed Gray 1871-1872

Rev. Henry Roche 1872 – 1892


Sister Catherine Lowth 1853 - 1924

Sister Xavier Conlin 1851 - 1915

Sister Gertrude Conlin 1853 - 1928

Sister Mary Seraphine Hyland

Sister Mary Victor McTiernan

Sister Mary Evangela Traynor

Sister Mary Seraphica Hyland


Pope Pius IX 1846 - 1878

Pope Leo XIII 1878 - 1903

Congregation News

Father Kundig serves our members out of his saddlebags 1840-1850’s.

St. Columbkille (originally St. Adiens) is first church in area 1843.

St. Jerome’s is established as a mission out of Fox Lake along with Beaver Dam and Elba.

Father Roche is missionary to the area along with Father Kundig.

Rev Martin Kundig establishes St. Jerome’s 1856

Almon and Arnella Birdsey sell land for Catholic church to Archbishop Henni for $ 30.00. Foundation day is September 15, 1956

Rev Edward McGurk is missionary to area churches

Cornerstone is laid June 1857.

Unable to afford the church a temporary wood structure serves the parish 1857 - 1865

John Crombie works on our limestone church which is finished 1865

Style of church is Gothic Revival.

St. Jerome’s first resident pastor is assigned – Rev. James O’Keefe 1868

Parsonage and several lots purchased 1868

Cemetery purchased 1868

Catherine Lowth becomes a nun of the Jesuit Order of the Sacred Heart

Rev Edward McGurk returns as pastor 1870-1871

Rev Ed Gray is here for a short time filling in until Rev. Henry Roche arrives in 1872

1st addition to church built under Rev Henry Roche 1872

Sister Xavier Conlin enters the Visitation Order in Dubuque, IA where she goes on to teach young women commercial skills 1875

Sister Gertrude Conlin becomes a Daughter of Charity serving as a nurse

St. Jerome’s Temperance Society is organized 1876

Extension added to church and spire built 1878

Our parish is also blessed with Sisters Mary Seraphine Hyland, Mary Victor McTiernan, Mary Evangela Traynor and Mary Seraphica Hyland

Diocese of Milwaukee News Some Pioneer Families of Faith

Milwaukee was mostly German but Irish bishops wanted the people to speak English.

Holy See elevated Milwaukee to metropolitan status and Bishop Henni became its first archbishop - 1875


Bishop John Martin Henni 1843 – 1881

John and Esther Crombie

James and Mary McTiernan

Thomas and Ella Manley of Elba

Matthew and Mary Lowth

Bernard and Mary Conlin

Venuste and Adelaide Brossard

John and Christine Dargan

Eugene and Emma Brossard

Thomas and Bridget O’Neil

Dennis and Mary Finnegan

John and Mary Derr

John and Margaret Kluperdanz

Anton and Magdaline Naiser

Fred and Maggie Fox

A Louis and Mary Brauckle

David and Susan Laskey

Miss Anna Croak

Charles and Winifred Hudson

Bridget Monaghan

Patrick and Helen Carney

Edward and Catherine Rourke

Mr and Mrs. Stephen Tobin


Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before

you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

- Deuteronomy 1:29-31

Civil War 1860 – 1865 Apache War 1861 – 1865 Sioux War 1862 – 1867

Civil War Veterans:

Over 575 frontiersmen from the villages of Fall River, Otsego, Hampden and Columbus fought in the Civil

War. They formed 22 separate company units, quite an undertaking for these fledgling communities.


Live as freemen, yet not using your freedom as a cloak for malice but as servants of God.

Honor all men; love the brotherhood; fear God; honor the king.

- 1 St. Peter 2:16-17


Franklin Pierce 1853 – 1857

James Buchanan 1857 – 1861

Abraham Lincoln 1861 - 1865

Andrew Johnson 1865 – 1869

Ulysses S. Grant 1869 – 1877

Rutherford Birchard Haye

Governors of Wisconsin Population

William A. Barstow 1854 – 1856

Arthur MacArthur, Sr. 1856 – 1856

Coles Bashford 1856 – 1858

Alexander W. Randall 1858 – 1862

Louis P. Harvey 1862 – 1862

Edward Salomon 1862 – 1864

James T. Lewis 1864 – 1866

Lucius Fairchild 1866 – 1872

Cadwallader C. Washburn 1872 - 1874

William R. Taylor 1874 – 1876

Harrison Ludington 1876 – 1878

William E. Smith 1878 - 1882

1850 – 305,391

1860 – 775,881

1870 – 1,054,670

1880 – 1,315,497

Columbus News

Catholic settlers, mostly Irish arrive in Columbus starting in the 1840’s

1st passenger train arrives in Columbus. May 1857

Newspaper Columbus Reporter moved to Portage and becomes the Columbia County Reporter 1857

Kurth Brewery established 1859

Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena, WI established 1860

Track between Columbus and Portage completed 1864

Columbus’s first lawyer becomes Assemblyman, Senator, Lt.Governor and then Governor of Wisconsin - James T. Lewis 1864

Columbus is one of the oldest and most prosperous towns in Columbia County and the county seat.

States admitted to the Union Diocese formed in United States of America

Minnesota is 32nd state – 1858

Oregon is 33rd state – 1859

Kansas is 34th state – 1861

West Virginia is 35th state – 1863

Nevada is 36th state – 1864

Nebraska is 37th state – 1867

Colorado is 38th 1876

Marquette, MI – 1856

Green Bay, WI - 1868

LaCrosse, WI - 1868

Columbus, OH – 1868

Rochester, NY – 1868

Providence, RI – 1872

Ogdensburg, NY – 1872

Elevation of the archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA 1875


Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked.

None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.

- Daniel 12:10


Blessed Martin Wu Xuesheng,

Blessed John Peter Neel, a priest of the Paris Foreign Missions Society,

In the following year, on 18 and 19 February 1862, another five people gave their life for Christ. They are known as the Martyrsof Guizhou.

St. Agatha Lin Zao (Tchaio).

St. Laurence Wang Bing,

St. Jerome Lu Tingmei,

Three catechists, known as the Martyrs of MaoKou (in the province of Guizhou) were killed on 28 January 1858, by order of the Mandarin of MaoKou:

Blessed Agnes Cao Guiying, a widow, born into an old Christian family. Being dedicated to the instruction of young girls who had recently been converted by Blessed Chapdelaine, she was arrested and condemned to death in prison. She was executed on 1 March 1856

Blessed Laurence Bai Xiaoman, a Chinese layman, and an unassuming worker. He joined Blessed Chapdelaine in the refuge that was given to the missionary and was arrested with him and brought before the tribunal. Nothing could make him renounce his religious beliefs. He was beheaded on 25 February 1856.

St. Teofano Venard and 105 companions (1745 – 1862)

St. Valentino Berrio Ochoa, O.P. and 6 Bishops

Girolamo Hermosilla

Tommaso Thien and Emanuele Phung

Andrea Dung-Lac

Martyrs of Vietnam (1745 – 1862)


Saint Clelia Barbieri 1870

Anatole de Bengy 1871

Blessed Mary of Providence 1871

Blessed Edmund Bojanowski 1871

Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara 1871

Blessed Francis Palau y Quer 1872

Blessed Francis Coll 1875

Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified 1878

Blessed Mary Frances Schervier 1876

Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello 1858

Mama Margaret Bosco

Blessed Marco Antonio Durando 1880

Venerable Emmanuel D'Alzon 1880

Maria Rosa Molas y Vallvé 1876

Paola Elisabetta Cerioli 1865

Blessed Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran 1869

Nimattullah Kassab Al-Hardini 1858

Saint Peter Julian Eymund 1868

Bishop Frederic Baraga, missionary to America 1868

Venerable Anastasius Hartmann 1866

Blessed Maria de Mattias 1866

Saint Madeline Sophie Barat 1865

Blessed Nazju Falzon 1865

Giacomo Antonelli 1876

Blessed Frederick Albert 1876

Saint Catherine Laboure 1876

Blessed Jeanne Jugan 1879

Jesuit missionary John Bapst 1875

Blessed Placide Viel 1877

Blessed Jeanne Jugan 1879

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes 1879

Blessed Theresa of Jesus

Gerhardinger 1879

Rose-Philippine Duchesne 1852

Religious, of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Clelia Barbieri 1870 foundress of the Congregation of the "Suore Minime dell'Addolorata

Gaspar Bertoni 1853 priest, founder of the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Eugene de Mazenod 1861 Bishop of Marseille, founder of the Congregation of the Missionaries, Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Maria De Mattias 1866

Daniel Comboni 1881

Teresa Eustochio Verzeri 1852

St. John Mary Vianney 1859

Blessed Gaetano Errico 1860

Blessed Johann Nepomuk von Tschiderer 1860

Saint John Neumann 1860

Saint Justin de Jacobis 1860

Saint Joseph Cafasso 1860

Blessed Pierre Bonhomme 1861

Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek 1862

Saint Benildus 1862

Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows 1862

Venerable Bernarda Heimgartner 1863

Blessed Jacques Laval 1864

Venerable Charles Samuel Mazzuchelli 1864

Francis Asbury Baker, co-founder of the Paulist Institute 1865

Jesuit priest Felix Joseph Barbelin, known as the Apostle of Philadelphia 1869


…In him the whole structure is closely fitted together and grows into a temple holy in the Lord;

in him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.

- Ephesians 2:21-22


Pope Pius IX approves the Sisters of the Christian Schools 1859

St. John Bosco forms the Salesian congregation 1859

Religious congregation Handmaids of Mary Serving the Sick receives diocesan approbation 1860

Founding of the Daughters of the Divine Will 1865

Founding of the Oblates of the Assumption 1865

Institute of the Daughters of Saint Anne, Mother of Mary Immaculate founded 1866

Founding of the Missionaries of Africa 1868

Founding of the German Center Party 1870

Founding of the Little Sisters of the Poor by Saint Teresa de Gesu, Jornet y Ibars 1872

Founding of the Association of Young Catholic Daughters of Mary and Saint Teresa of Jesus 1873

Founding of the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood, a congregation devoted to the care of orphans 1873

The Society of Mary, which combines education with missionary work 1873

Founding of the Servants of the Sacred Heart 1874

The Priestly Society of the Catholic Apostolate receives papal approval 1874

Episcopal approval of the Daughters of the Divine Will 1875

Founding of the Congregation of the Cross 1875

Founding of the Institute of Josephine Brothers 1876

Founding of the Institute of Sisters of the Immaculata 1876

Founding of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart 1877

Founding of the Oblates of St. Joseph 1878

Founding of the Oblates of the Sacred Heart 1878

Founding of the Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph 1880

Founding of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart by Mother Cabrini 1880


Diocese of Goulburn, Australia 1862

Diocese of Bathurst, Australia 1865

Elevation of the archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia 1874

Diocese of Aberdeen, Scotland 1878

Diocese of Middlesbrough, England 1878


Spanish Queen Isabella II ordered the Jesuits to take charge of all Catholic missions in Mindanaw and Sulu(Philipines) 1852

Bible translated into Tswana language 1857

American College established in Rome by Pope Pius IX 1860

Pres. Abraham Lincoln sent Ambassador Archbishop Hughes to Rome for a Papal audience 1861

Catholic Jesuits opened missions in Tetuan (Zamboanga) and Isabela (Basilan) Philipines 1862

Blessed Anna Rosa Gattorno receives the hidden stigmata 1862

Pope Pius IX names Saint Peter of Alcantara as patron of Brazil 1862

Death of Cajetan Cardinal Bedini, papal diplomat to the United States 1864

First Catholic parish church for blacks in the United States dedicated at Baltimore, Maryland 1864

Pope Pius IX decreed that all Catholics were forbidden to take part in political life to usurping the Kingdom of Italy 1968

Vatican Council I Ecumenical Council publishes the dogmatic constitution Dei filius 1870

Saint Alphonsus Liguori proclaimed a Doctor of the Church 1871

Breakaway of the Old Catholics sect 1871

Destruction of Saint Genevieve 1871

Catholic Truth Society organized in Great Britain 1872

Beginning of Kulturkampf in Germany, Catholics were persecuted and Jesuits expelled in Germany 1872 ended in 1878

Pope Pius IX encyclical On the Church in Armenia published 1873

Pope Pius IX proclaims a jubilee for 1875

Archbishop John McCloskey of New York becomes the first American Cardinal 1875

St. Francis De Sales named Doctor of the Church 1877

Pope Leo XIII's encyclical, Inscrutabili dei consilio 1878

Pope Leo XIII issues the encyclical Aeterni patris, urging the study of "true" philosophy; this led to a revival of both Thomist

and Scholastic philosophy 1879

Victor Emmanuel II, seized the Papal States in 1859-1860 and renamed the Kingdom of Italy. Rome was chosen as its capital

in 1870. Pope Pius IX became "a prisoner of the Vatican," refusing to accept the Italian government's Law of Guarantees in

1871, which offered compensation in return for the Pope's disband of Temporal Power.


Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Blessed art

thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb! And how have I deserved that the mother

of my Lord should come to me?…

-St. Luke 1:42-44

On Saturday, September 19, Our Blessed Mother appeared weeping, to two small children, in the tiny mountain village, nestled within the chain of the Alps, in La Salette, France. Amidst her tears, she said to them, “My children no longer attend Holy Mass. The men who drive the carts take the Name of My Son in vain.” This is the only Marian Apparition to inspire an Order of Priests to be organized. The apparition is, of course; Our Lady of La Sallette. Our Blessed Mother was wearing a Crucifix suspended by a chain. On the Crucifix were the tools of the Passion, a hammer and pincers. The hammer symbolizes our sins; everytime we sin, we nail Our Blessed Lord to the Cross. The pincers, are an invitation to us to pull out the nails. The whole point of the Apparition was that of reconciliation; among ourselves, with God, and with His Church 1879

Our Lady, Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist appeared in a blaze of light at the south gable of Saint John the Baptist Church, Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. They appeared to float about two feet above the ground, and each would occassionally move toward the visionaries, and then away from them. The Blessed Virgin Mary was clothed in white robes with a brilliant crown on her head. Where the crown fitted to her brow, she wore a beautiful full-bloom golden rose. She was praying with her eyes and hands raised towards Heaven. Saint Joseph wore white robes, stood on Our Lady's right, and was turned towards her in an attitude of respect. Saint John was dressed in white vestment, stood was on Mary's left, and resembled a bishop, with a small mitre. He appeared to be preaching and he held an open book in his left hand. Behind them and a little to the left of Saint John was a plain altar on which was a cross and a lamb with adoring angels. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people. Miraculous healings reported soon after the area, and it is now a major pilgrimage destination. 1879

The Blessed Virgin Mary appears 18 times at Lourdes, France to St. Bernardette Soubirous, from February 11 to July 16. Our Lady introduced told St. Bernardette: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Four years earlier, Pope Pius IX declared the Blessed Virgin to Be the Immaculate Conception. 1858

Miraculous healings take place in the waters of Lourdes that Bernadette was led to. A Shrine has been built at the location of the spring and is still the sight of pilgrimage for many of the faithful.

During the Franco-Prussian War, German troops approached the town of Pontmain, and the villagers there prayed for protection. On the evening of 17 January 1871, Mary appeared in the sky for several minutes over the town. She wore a dark blue dress covered in stars, carried a crucifix, and below her were the words Pray please. God will hear you soon. My son lets Himself be touched. That night the German army was ordered to withdraw, and an armistice ending the war was signed eleven days later on 28 January. 1871


“All this”, David said, “I have in writing from the hand of the Lord upon me,

and he gave me understanding in all the details of the plan.”

- 1 Chronicles 28:19

Medical and Technology and Home Life

Goodyears’ Vulcanized rubber 1851

Colt’s Repeating pistol 1851

Otis Passenger Elevator 1857

Burglar Alarm 1858

Oil Well Drilling 1859

Winchester Repeating Rifle 1860

Roller Skates 1863

Soda-fountain machine 1863

Oil pipeline 1864

Web Offset Printing press 1865

Barbed wire 1867

Typewriter 1874

Mimeograph 1876

Telephone 1877

Phonograph 1879

Incandescent Lamp 1880

Internal-combustion engine 1860

Dynamite 1867

Electric motor 1873

Electric Dental Drill 1875

Hearing Aid 1880

Pneumatic Subway 1870

Montgomery Ward begins mail order business with issue of first catalog 1872

Ivory soap is named 4 years after formula is accidently discovered 1879

Frank Woolworth opens first “five and dime” store 1879

Quaker Oats is mass marketed 1878

Atlantic Monthly magazine started 1857

Harper’s Weekly magazine started 1861

McCalls magazine started 1876


“Woe to the world because of scandals! For it must needs be that scandals come,

but woe to the man through whom scandal does come!

- St. Matthew 18:7

French Emperor Napolean III invades Mexico 1863

Cholera epidemic in Madrid, Spain 1865

Bavaria becomes part of the German Empire 1871

Work starts on the Panama Canal 1878

American College, Louvain, Belgium founded 1857

Ethiopian-Egyptian war 1875 – 1877

Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the British North America Act to provide for the formation of Canada 1867

Franco-Prussian War 1871 - 1872

Golden Retrievers are first bred in Scotland 1870

After the Crimean War, the Congress of Paris required of Turkey certain reforms within the Ottoman Empire, particularly to the treatment of Christian minorities.

Suez canal opened 1869

Mexican Civil War 1871 – 1877

Venezuelan Civil War 1858 – 1864

Italian War of Independence 1856 – 1861

French IndoChina War 1858 – 1863

Salvation Army organized by William Booth to promote revival of religion among the masses and help for those in need 1865


Mormons walk across the Great Plains in Utah 1856 – 1860

John Brown, American abolitionist is hanged, 1859

Gold and silver rushes in Nevada and Colorado 1859

First Pony Express service begins in United States 1860

Civil War 1860 - 1865

Gold rush in Montana 1862

Battle of the Ironclad Ships 1862

The Homestead act promised free land to settlers in the West 1862

Morrill Act gave Federal land to support state agricultural and technical colleges 1862

Emancipation Proclamation issued 1863

The motto "In God We Trust" first appeared on U.S. coins - specifically, the bronze two-cent piece issued during the American Civil War. 1864

American Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery 1865

The Sultana, a ship explodes on the Mississippi River killing 1,653. 1865

President Lincoln Shot in office 1865

Reconstruction of the South is undertaken, by 1870 all states have rejoined the Union 1865 - 1877

First trans-Atlantic cable laid 1866

United States purchases Alaska from Russia 1867

Territory of Wyoming authorizes women to vote and hold office 1869

Under the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, Congress officially declared Christmas to be a national

holiday. 1870

Great Chicago Fire 1871

The Great Peshtigo Fire 1871

National Rifle Association founded to protect the 2nd amendment “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms” 1871

Patrick Healy becomes president of Georgetown University, making him the first African American

president of a predominantly white university in the United States 1873

Michigan Supreme Court ruled that taxes could be collected to support public high schools 1874

Structural Steel Bridge built across Mississippi River at St. Louise, MO 1875

Gold Rush in South Dakota 1875

Battle of Little Big Horn, Custer’s last stand 1876

Great Railroad Strike of 1877 occurs

Chapter 2 - Years 1881 to 1906

And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.

- St. Mark 13:10

He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever,

his horn will be lifted high in honor. – Psalm 112:9

Congregation in 1893:

106 families and an additional 46 families when Elba becomes a mission of Columbus.

Baptisms: 503

First Communions: Approx 171

Confirmations: Approx 138

Weddings in area: Approx 149

Funerals in area: Approx 183


Rev. Henry Roche 1872 – 1892

Rev. Doctor Mathias Joerger – 7 months

Rev. F. J. Sillis 10/1892 - 1893

Rev. Henry R. Murphy 1893 - 1924



Pope Leo XIII 1878 – 1903

Pope Pius X 1903 - 1914

Congregation News

Saint Jerome Congregation of Columbus WIS, (with “no capital stock”) is incorporated by the Wisconsin Secretary of State, Ernst G. Timme. Bishop Michael Heiss, Monsignor P. J. Donahoe (Vicar General of the Diocese of Milwaukee), Father Henry Roche (Pastor of St. Jerome Parish), and Mr. Stephen Tobin and Mr. Thomas Conlin (Lay Trustees elected by the Parishioners) were the original Board of Directors September 6, 1883

Catholic Knights of Wisconsin society founded 1887

Second addition put on church added at right angle to the nave for a chapel, and bell tower built 1888 – 1889

Young Ladies Sodality (now the Altar Society) founded 1890

Columbus town hall built 1892

Rev. Henry Roche leaves Columbus and Rev. Mathias Joerger and Rev. F. J. Sillis become the temporary pastors until a new pastor arrives 1892-1893

Rev. Henry R. Murphy becomes Pastor 1893

Elba becomes mission to Columbus 1893

St. Aidens in Elba changes to St. Columbkille 1893

2 story frame house built next to church to be used as rectory 1894

Parish files claim against railroad for damages 1899

Bishop Frederick Xavier Katzer deeded title to all property to Saint Jerome Congregation for the sum of “one dollar and other valuable considerations.” Before this time for the last 16 years all of the parish property was owned by the Bishop of Milwaukee in his own name 1899

Diocese of Milwaukee:

More immigrants from southern and eastern Europe cause it to be more ethnically diverse.

Milwaukee still strongly German and with the backing of the German born bishops in Milwaukee successfully had the Bennett Law repealed in 1890. This legislation mandated instruction in English in all public schools.


Bishop Michael Heiss 1881 – 1890

Bishop Frederick Xavier Katzer 1890 - 1903

Bishop Sebastian Messmer, the last European born bishop was from Goldach, Switzerland 1903 - 1930

Local and Wisconsin News

Ringling Brothers form circus in Baraboo 1884

1st observance of Flag Day takes place in Waubeka, WI at Stony Hill School 1885

Joseph Steinward develops new cheese, names it after nearby town, Colby 1885

Malted Milk is invented in Racine, WI by William Horlick 1887

Wisconsin sent 5,469 men to the Spanish-American War, 134 casualties 1898


“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin

has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with

my own eyes - I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”

- Job 19:25-27

Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion in China 1900

a) Martyrs of Shanxi, killed on July 9, 1900, who were Franciscan Friars Minor:

Blessed Gregory Grassi, Bishop,

Blessed Francis Fogolla, Bishop,

Blessed Elias Facchini, Priest,

Blessed Theodoric Balat, Priest,

Blessed Andrew Bauer, Religious

b) Martyrs of Southern Hunan, who were also Franciscan Friars Minor:

Blessed Anthony Fantosati, Bishop (martyred on July 7, 1900)

Blessed Joseph Mary Gambaro, Priest (martyred on July 7, 1900)

Blessed Cesidio Giacomantonio, Priest (martyred)

To the martyred Franciscans of the First Order were added seven Franciscan Missionaries of Mary,

of whom three were French, two Italian, one Belgian, and one Dutch:

Blessed Mary Hermina of Jesus (in saec: Irma Grivot),

Blessed Mary of Peace

Of the martyrs belonging to the Franciscan family, there were also eleven Secular Franciscans, all Chinese:

Blessed John Zhang Huan, seminarian,

Blessed Patrick Dong Bodi, seminarian,

Blessed John Wang Rui, seminarian,

Blessed Philip Zha

To these are joined a number of Chinese lay faithful:

Blessed James Yan Guodong, farmer,

Blessed James Zhao Quanxin, manservant,

Blessed Peter Wang Erman, cook.

Blessed Alberic Crescitelli, a priest of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions of Milan, who carried

out his ministry in Southern Shanxi and was martyred on 21 July 1900.

Blessed Leo Mangin, SJ, Priest

Blessed Paul Denn, SJ, Priest

Blessed Rémy Isoré, SJ, Priest

Blessed Mary Zhu born Wu

Blessed Peter Zhu Rixin, aged 19

Blessed Mary Fu Guilin, aged 37

Blessed Joseph Ma Taishun, aged 60

Blessed Paul Wu Anjyu, aged 62

Blessed Paul Wu Wanshu, aged 16

Blessed Peter Li Quanhui, aged 63

Blessed mary An Linghua, aged 29

Blessed Rose Chen Aijieh, aged 22

Blessed Mary Guo born Li, age 65

Blessed Zhang Huailu, aged 57

Blessed Paul Liu Jinde, aged 79

Blessed Rose Zhao, aged 22

Blessed Joan Wu Wenyin, aged 50

Blessed Mary Zheng Xu, aged 11

Blessed Lang born Yang, aged 29

Blessed John Baptist Wu Mantang, aged 17

Blessed Barbara Cui born Lian, aged 51

Blessed Mark Ki-T'ien-Siang, aged 66

Blessed Ann An born Xin, aged 72

Blessed Mary An born Guo, aged 64

Blessed Ann An born Jiao, aged 26

Blessed Peter Zhao Mingzhen, aged 61

Blessed Raymond Li Quanzhen, aged 59

Blessed Joseph Wang Kuiju, aged 37

Blessed Teresa Zhang born He, aged 36

Blessed Modeste Andlauer, S.J., Priest

Blessed Elizabeth Qin born Bian, aged 54

Blessed Lucy Wang Cheng, aged 18

Blessed John Baptist Zhao Mingxi, aged 56

Blessed Mary Du born Zhao, aged 51

Blessed Magdalene Du Fengju, aged 19

Blessed Mary Du born Tian, aged 42

Blessed Teresa Chen Tinjieh, aged 25

Blessed Simon Qin Cunfu, aged 14

Blessed Peter Liu Zeyu, aged 57

Blessed Ann Wang, aged 14

Blessed Joseph Wang Yumei, aged 68

Blessed Lucy Wang aged 31

Blessed Andrew Wang Tianqing, aged 9

Blessed Mary Wang born Li, aged 49

Blessed Chi Zhuze, aged 18

Blessed Mary Zhao, born Guo, aged 60

Blessed John Baptist Zhu Wurui, aged 17

Blessed Mary Zhao, aged 17

Blessed Joseph Yuan Gengyin, aged 47

Blessed Paul Ge Tingzhu, aged 61

Blessed Rose Fan Hui, aged 45

Blessed Mary Fan Kun, aged 16

Blessed Mary Chi Yu, aged 15

Blessed Paul Lang Fu, aged 9

Blessed Peter Wang Zuolung, aged 58


…”A people not mine I will call my people, and an unbeloved, beloved, and her who had not obtained mercy, one who has obtained mercy. And it shall be in the place where it was said to them:

you are not my people; there they shall be called sons of the living God.”

- Romans 9:25-26



Blessed Maria Cristina

dell'Immacolata Concezione 1906

Saint Joseph Marello 1895

Blessed Peter Donders 1887

Blessed Caterina Volpicelli 1894

Blessed Josepha Naval Girbes 1893

Saint Antony Mary Pucci 1892

Saint Leonard Murialdo 1900

Saint Maria Goretti 1902

Blessed Laura Vicuna 1904

Agostino Roscelli 1902

Saint Therese of Lisieux 1897

Venerable Valentin Paquay 1905

Saint Charbel Makhlouf 1898

Blessed Mary Assunta 1905

Blessed Eugenia Ravasco 1900

Blessed Maria Anna Sala 1891

Blessed Maria Anna Blondin 1890

Blessed Maria Repetto 1890

Blessed Anna Rosa Gattorno 1900

Blessed Luigi Maria Monti 1900

Blessed Clemente Marchisio 1903

Blessed Giacomo Cusmano 1888

Agostina Livia Pietrantoni 1894

Blessed Arnold Reche 1890

Blessed Joseph de Veuster 1889

Saint Mary Joseph Rosello 1888

Blessed Gaetana Sterni 1889

Saint John Bosco 1888

Benjamin Disreali 1881

Saint Paula Frassinetti 1882

Saint Luigi Scrosoppi 1884


“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.

My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The Lord is the

strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

– Psalm 28:7-8

Congregations Founded:

Founding of the Apostolic Teaching Society in Rome by Father Francis Jordan which later becomes the Society

of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) 1881

American Rescue Workers – 1884

Founding of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians) 1888

Founding of the Pious Workers of Saint Joseph Calasanctius of the Mother of God 1889

Founding of the Biblical Institute of Jerusalem by the Dominicans 1889

Mother Katherine Drexel founded the Blessed Sacrament Sisters to teach Indians and Negroes. 1889

Founding of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Immaculate Conception 1890

Founding of the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Camillus 1892

Founding of the Josephite Fathers in Baltimore, MD to conduct Negro Missions 1892

Founding of the Apostolate of the Cross 1895

Founding of the Congregation of Sisters of the Cross of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 1897

Founding of the Consolata Missionary Priests and Brothers 1901

Founding of the American Federation of Catholic Societies 1901

Founding of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary 1905

Diocese Formed:

Vicariate apostolic of Kimberley, Cape Province, Union of South Africa 1886

Diocese of Belleville, IL - 1887

Diocese of Rockhampton, Queensland – 1882

Diocese of Salt Lake City, UT – 1891

Diocese of Boise, ID – 1893

Diocese of Baker City, OR – 1903

Diocese of Superior - 1905

News from the Vatican:

Many miraculous cures continue to happen at Lourdes in France

St. Cyril of Jerusalem named Doctor of the Church 1882

Father Michael J. McGivney founds the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, CT 1882

Pope Leo XIII appoints the first Apostolic Delegate in the United States of America 1882

Feast of the Holy Family is instituted by Pope Leo XIII 1883

Pope Leo IXXX publishes his Papal Encyclical, Supremi Apostolatus Officio, on the Holy Rosary 1883

Disbanding of the Oblates of the Sacred Heart 1883

Pope Leo XIII issues his encyclical On Freemasonry 1884

The National Council of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), approve the Baltimore Catechism 1884

The Catholic Truth Society is reorganized. Their purpose is to spread information of the Faith among Catholics

and Protestants. The title, in the United States is the International Catholic Truth Society 1884

Pope Leo XIII proclaims extraordinary jubilee 1885

Catholic University of America chartered in Washington, DC, USA 1887

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls founded in United States 1887

Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical on slavery in the missions 1890

St. John Damascene proclaimed Doctor of the Church 1890

First Black priest, Charles Randolph Uncles ordained in United States in Baltimore, Maryland 1891

Archbishop Francesco Satolli appointed as the Vatican's first Apostolic Delegate to the United States 1893

The Holy Shroud of Turin is exposed, a photograph is taken and found that the Shroud is a negative with the picture

of a human face more recognizable than the cloth itself or any positive print 1898

Pope Leo XIII promulgates the encyclical Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, Concerning New Opinions, Virtue, Nature

and Grace, With Regard To Americanism - In the apostolic letter Testem benevolentiae, Pope Leo XIII condemned

the "heresy" of "Americanism," a doctrine which he regarded as an attempt by American Catholic clergy to reconcile Catholic teachings with modern thought and liberties 1899

St. Bede declared a Doctor of the Church 1899

St. Gemma Galgani begins to receive the stigmata 1899


Pope Leo XIII dedicates the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as Prince and Lord of all, Catholics and non-Catholics, Christians and non-Christians 1899

Anti-cleric laws were passed in France 1901

Dr. Paul Vignon reads a paper before the Academie Des Sciences regarding the Holy Shroud of Turin explaining how a violent death could cause the image to be made naturally and was beyond the skill of any medieval forger 1901

Pope Leo XIII published the apostolic letter Vigilantiae, establishing the Pontifical Commission of Biblical Studies 1902

Encyclical On the Church in the US issued by Pope Leo XIII 1902

Mother Cabrini founds the Columbus Hospital in Chicago, IL 1902

King Edward VII of Great Britain visited Pope Leo XIII 1903

Pope St. Pius X suppressed the right of the secular governments to assert a veto during the Conclave 1904

The bronze statue Christ of the Andes, which lies on the border of Argentina and Chile in the Andes Mountains, was dedicated as a perpetual symbol of Peace between the two countries 1904

On the Mariavites or Mystic Priests of Poland, encyclical of Pope Saint Pius X published 1906


And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed in the newness of your mind,

that you may discern what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

- Romans 12:2



Transportation and Home Life

Dishwasher – 1889

Gasoline Powered Car 1892

Rubber cored golf balls 1898

Airplane 1903

Submarine 1898

Pepsi-Cola invented 1898

Coca-Cola invented 1886

Linotype machine 1884

Cigarette rolling machine 1881

Player Piano 1897

Escalator 1891

Peep Show (forerunner of movie projectors 1891

Life Magazine started 1883

Good Housekeeping magazine started 1885

Cosmopolitan magazine started 1886

Sears, Roebuck and Co begins mail order business 1886

Introduction of safety bicycle, which had wheels of equal size. 1887

National Geographic magazine started 1888

Redbook Magazine started 1903

Ladies Home Journal Magazine started 1883

Air Conditioner 1902

Zipper 1893

Double Edge Razor for Shaving 1901


Le no one deceive himself. If any one of you thinks himself wise in this world, let him become a fool,

that he may come to be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

- 1 Corinthians 3:18

Sioux War 1890 – 1891

Brazilian Revolt 1892 –1 895

Armenian Massacres 1894 – 1897

Sudanese War 1881 – 1885

Ugandan Religious Wars 1885 – 1892

Large gold deposits are discovered in South Africa 1880’s

Russian conquests in Central Asia 1875 – 1881

Clara Barton forms the US branch of the Red Cross 1881

Eiffel Tower built in France 1889

First Nobel Peace Prize awarded 1901

Spanish – American War 1897 – 1899

Cuban War of Independence 1894 – 1899

Inexpensive way to process aluminum is developed 1886

Boxer Rebellion occurs in China, secret Society of Boxers kill many people. Western powers send a relief expedition which occupies the City of Beijing and ends the rebellion 1899 - 1900


All things are lawful, but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.

Let no one seek his own interests, but those of his neighbor.

- 1 Corinthians 10:23-24


James A. Garfield 1881

Chester Alan Arthur 1881 – 1885

Grover Cleveland 1885 – 1889

Benjamin Harrison 1889 - 1893

Grover Cleveland 1893 – 1897

William McKinley 1897 – 1901

Theodore Roosevelt 1901 - 1909

Governors Population of Wisconsin

William E. Smith 1878 – 1882

Jeremiah McLain Rusk 1882 – 1889

William D. Hoard 1889 – 1891

George W. Peck 1891 – 1895

William H. Upham 1895 – 1897

Edward Scofield 1897 – 1901

Robert M. LaFollette, Sr 1901 - 1906

1880 – 1,315,497

1890 – 1,686,880

1900 – 2,069,042

States admitted to the Union

North Dakota is 39th state – 1889

South Dakota is 40th state – 1889

Montana is 41st state – 1889

Washington is 42nd state – 1889

Idaho is 43rd state – 1890

Wyoming is 44th state – 1890

Utah is 45th state – 1896


“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

- 2 Corinthians 3:17

Standard time began in US 1883

Skyscrapers built in Chicago, IL 1885

Washington Monument Dedicated 1885

Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886

Congress enacts the Interstate Commerce Act 1887

Congress establishes the Department of Labor 1888

Daughters of the American Revolution founded in Washington, DC 1890

US Army massacres 300 Sioux at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota 1890

US Census Bureau declared in a report that no frontiers remained in the US 1890

1st Labor Day is celebrated in the US 1894

1st American automobile race from Chicago to Evanston, IL 1895

Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opens at Madison Square Garden in NY 1896

Population of the US is 76 million 1900

Over 4000 passenger cars are sold in America 1900

Hurricane in Galveston, TX kills about 6,000 - 1900

National Bureau of Standards is established 1901

Anthracite Coal Strike last 5 months, United Mine Workers demands include union representation, wage increases and 8 hour workdays 1902

State of Maryland passes nation’s first workers compensation law 1902

Dept of Commerce and Labor is created 1903

Wright brothers make first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC 1903

Pres Theodore Roosevelt sent message around the world using new Pacific communication cable takes 12 minutes 1903

Devils Tower in WY is 1st National monument in US 1906

The Pure Food and Drug Act is passed 1906

New Jersey is the 1st state to require drivers licenses 1906

The US Supreme Court ordered the property previously seized by a group of schismatics called the Aglipayans to be restored to the Catholic hierarchy. They complied with the Court’s decision 1906

Chapter 3 – Years 1907 to 1930

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

– Psalms 96:1-3

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6

Congregation in these early years the congregation continues to grow as evidence of the sacraments that are received, as for an exact number, only God knows for sure…

Baptisms: approx 346

First Communions: approx 218

Confirmations: approx 234

Marriages: approx 112

Funerals: approx 170


Rev. Henry R. Murphy 1893 – 1924

Rev. Thomas Myles 1924 - 1965


Father James Manley

Father Robert Anthony

Father William Dwyer


Congregation News

Columbus Council No 1609, Knights of Columbus organized 1912

Lady Foresters chartered, met for fellowship and prayer 1921

Father Henry Murphy goes to be with our Lord, January 10, 1924, the city of Columbus closes businesses during the funeral as a tribute. Father Murphy was buried in the church cemetery.

Father Thomas Myles becomes the pastor of St. Jerome’s and works to beautify and rejuvenate the church property including redecorating the interior of the church and chapel. 1924 – 1965

As the congregation grows the organizations that support the parish are organized, Finance council, Education commission, Stewardship committee, Liturgy committee, Parish council. All parts of an active parish that in one form or another support all aspects of the congregation.

Our parish contributes Father James Manley to the Lord, ordained in 1924, he later serves as priest at St. James, Kenosha WI 1957 – 1969.

Fathers William Dwyer and Robert Anthony were also from this parish. Rev. William Dwyer went home to our Lord, six months after ordination and is buried in the church cemetery.

Rev. Robert Anthony was born March 5, 1911 from Robert Anthony and the former Catherine Powers. He was ordained June 14, 1936 at St. Francis Seminary. From there the Lord used him where he needed him at times returning him to Elba to live amongst his family and friends.

Pope Pius X

Pope Benedict XV

Pope Pius XI

1903 - 1914

1914 - 1922

1922 - 1939

Diocese News


Bishop Sebastian Messmer 1903 – 1930

Bishop Samuel Alphonsus Stritch 1930 – 1940

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Koudelka 1911-1913

Auxiliary Bishop Edward Kozlowski 1914 – 1915

Monsignor Bernard Traudt

Parishioner’s handbook published that stipulated clear and precise rules and regulations for Catholic life 1907

First ministry to African Americans (St. Benedict the Moor Parish) 1908

Catholic Herald diocesan paper formed

Local and Wisconsin News

State Capitol completed at a cost of $7,258,763 1917

18th amendment ratified closing nearly 10,000 Wisconsin saloons and 137 breweries 1919

Wisconsin becomes leading dairy state 1919

Green Bay Packers are founded 1921

Wisconsin passes the first law eliminating all legal discrimination against women 1921


Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue

the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

- Psalm 82:3-4

Veterans of the WWI who gave their lives to keep us free

William C. Crombie

Raphael Farley

John W. Fisher

John Edward Hatzinger

Ray T. O’Connell

Julius Theodore Senft

Edgar E. Cole

Earl P. Donahue

Eugene H. Hancock

Harold Larkin

Albert H. Ostrander

Otto Gustav Siegert

James J. McLarty

Estes Seidingler

Joseph Hutchinson

William Leisner

Keith L. Morris

Lester H. Smith


“Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks

himself to be something, whereas he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

- Galations 6:2-3


Theodore Roosevelt 1901 – 1909

William H. Taft 1909 – 1913

Woodrow Wilson 1913 - 1921

Warren G. Harding 1921 – 1923

Calvin Coolidge 1923 – 1929

Herbert Hoover 1929 - 1933


James O. Davidson 1906 – 1911

Francis E. McGovern 1911 – 1915

Emanuel L. Philipp 1915 - 1921

John J. Blaine 1921 – 1927

Fred R. Zimmerman 1927 – 1929

Walter J. Kohler, Sr 1929 - 1931

States admitted to the Union Population of Wisconsin

Oklahoma is 46th state – 1907 1910 – 2,333,860

New Mexico is 47th state – 1912 1920 – 2,632,067

Arizona is 48th state – 1912 1930 – 2,939,006


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights,

with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration.

- St. James 1:17

Technology and Transportation

Electric Cash Register 1911

Electric Self Starter for cars 1911

Wirephoto (picture transmitted by Western Union) 1921

Bakelite is invented 1909

Rocket 1926

Model T 1908

Hydrofoil 1919

Taxi Cabs 1915

1st regular commercial radio broadcasts begin 1920

Television 1927

Home Life and Medical

Commerical Frozen Food 1929

Canada Dry ginger ale is invented 1907

Hoover Vacuum is patented 1908

Electric iron and toaster 1908

Chemotherapy introduced 1910

Production of Raggedy Ann started 1918

Discovery of Insulin 1922

Better Homes and Gardens magazine started 1922

Reader’s Digest Magazine started 1922

Time Magazine started 1923

Penicillin discovered 1928


Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren with me here greet you.

All the saints greet you, especially those of Ceasar’s household.

– Philippians 4:21-22




Do all things without murmuring and without questioning, so as to be blameless and guileless.

Children of God without blemish in the midst of a depraved and perverse generation.

For among these you shine like stars in the world.

- Philippians 2:14-15

Congregations Founded:

Founding of the Alliance of Love with the Heart of Jesus 1909

Organization of the Knights & Ladies of Saint Peter Claver in Mobile, Alabama, US 1909

American Catholic Weekly founded by the Jesuits at Fordham University 1909

Founding of the Consolata Missionary sisters

Papal approval of Sister Oblates of Saint Francis of Sales 1911

The Maryknoll Foreign Mission Society is founded 1911

Founding of the Apostolic League 1912

Formal incorporation of the Assembly of God church 1914

Founding of the Congregation of Missionaries of the Holy Spirit 1914

Founding of The Missionary Society of St. Columban 1918

Founding of Opus Dei by Blessed Josemaria Escriva 1928

Dioceses formed:

Diocese of Rockford, Illinois 1908

Diocese of Toledo, OH 1910

Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas 1912

Diocese of Amarillo, TX 1921

Vicariate apostolic of Keewatin, Manitoba, Canada 1910

Elevation of the archdiocese of Birmingham, England 1911

Diocese of Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada 1913

Prefecture Apostolic of Kavirondo, Kenya 1925

News from the Vatican:

Publication of the encyclical Pascendi dominici gregis, by Pope Saint Pius X condemming the modernist

movement within the various branches of Christendom, and establishing councils to combat these errors 1907

With the publication of the apostolic constitution Sapienti consilio, Pope Pius X caused the American Catholic Church to cease being a "missionary church" under the control of the Congregation de Propaganda Fide. Now, it

was a full-fledged member of the Roman Catholic Church. 1908

Tametsi enacted. The Council of Trent details what is the marriage contract, becomes Canon Law 1908

Quam singulari decree issued by the Vatican Sacred Congregation of the Sacraments; it recommends children be permitted to receive Holy Communion when they reach the "age of discretion" (i.e., about age 7) 1910

Promulgation of the encyclical Editae Saepe: On Saint Charles Borromeo by Pope Pius X 1910

Publication of the encyclical On Indians of South America by Pope Saint Pius X 1912

Pope St. Pius X initiated the revision of the Roman Missal 1914

Pope Benedict XV issues instruction of All Souls Day 1915

System of nominating Bishops in the United States is established 1916

Congregation for the Oriental Church is established and the Pontifical Oriental Institute is set up by the Pope 1917

Bethlehem assumed into the British Empire 1917

New Code of Canon Law gave diocesan bishop new powers and authority of his clergy and laity. 1917-1918

Saint Padre Pio receives the stigmata 1918

Declaration of Our Lady of Loreto as patron of aviators 1920

St. Ephrem the Syrian is named Doctor of the Church 1920

Pope Piux XI founds the Pontifical Institute of Archaeology and the Feast of Christ the King 1925

Pope Pius XI issues the documents Quas Primas and Vehementer exultamus hodie 1925

St. Peter Canisius declared a Doctor of the Church 1925

28th International Eucharistic Congress held for the 1st time in United States in Chicago, IL 1926

Our Lady of Victory, Lackawanna, New York, becomes the first US church consecrated a basilica 1926

St. John of the Cross proclaimed a Doctor of the Church 1926

Rediscovery of the relics of St. John Southworth 1927

St. Jerome Emiliani declared patron of orphans and abandoned children

Father Fulton J. Sheen begins his broadcasting career on WLWL radio in New York 1928

Vatican City made an independent state when the Lateran Treaty was signed 1929

US Archaeologist Wooley uncovers proof of Noah’s Ark dates to 4000 BC 1929


And all who heard marveled at the things told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept in mind all

these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and

praising God for all that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken to them.

- St. Luke 2:18-20


In the Spring of 1916, three children, Lucia Dos Santos, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francesco Marta were playing in a cave; taking shelter from an earlier rain storm. Suddenly, a violent wind blew through the trees, bending branches like a fishing rod with a big bass on the line. There eyes became fixed on a bright light,without speaking, just gazing at the light, there appeared a beautiful man. He said, “Do not be afraid. I am the Angel of Peace.” (This is St. Michael). He asked the children to pray with him. He prostrated himself on the ground and said, “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I Love you. I ask forgiveness for those who do not believe, not adore, nor hope, nor love you.” St. Michael instructed the children to pray in this way, he told them that the hearts of Jesus and Mary were listening.


In the Autumn of 1916, the Angel of Peace, St. Michael, visited the children a third time. They were tending their sheep at the Loca De Cabeco again. Suddenly, appearing above them holding a Host in one hand and a Chalice in the other, drops of Blood fell from the Host into the Chalice. The Angel left the Host and Chalice suspended in mid-air while he prostrated himself on the ground and began to pray, “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore you Profoundly and I offer you the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.


In the Summer of 1916, the children Lucia, Frencesco, and Jacinta were tending the sheep near a well behind Lucy’s house. About noon, St. Michael stood before them. He asked, “What are you doing? Pray! Pray! The hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs for you. Offer your prayers and sacrifices to the Most High.” Lucia asked him, “How are we to makes sacrifices?” St. Michael responded, “In every way you can, offer a sacrifice to the Lord, in reparation for the sins by which He is offended and in supplication for sinners. Thus you will bring peace to our country. I am the Guardian of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with patience the sufferings which the Lord will send you.” In this apparition, Francesco was unable to hear the Angel’s words


Marian Apparition. The Blessed Virgin Mary appears six times at Fatima, Portugal, from May 13-October 13. The Blessed Mother promised the war would end soon and the conversion of Russia. She also gave us the “O My Jesus” prayer to be added to the Holy Rosary; and warned mankind how grave the sins of the flesh are. (gave the Fatima Prophesies)


For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be earthquakes

in various places, and famines. These things are the beginnings of sorrows.

– St. Mark 13:8

WWI 1914 – 1918

Honduran Civil War 1908 – 1911

Nicaraguan Civil War 1908 – 1912

Black Patch War 1904 – 1909

Russian Revolution 1905 – 1911

Haitian Revolt 1915 – 1920

Anglo-Irish Civil War 1916 – 1921

Bolshevik Revolution 1917

British Colonial Wars 1900 – 1916

Mexican Revolt 1914 – 1915

Moro Wars 1901 – 1914

United Kingdom issues the Balfour Declaration supporting a Jewish homeland in Palestine 1917

Turks erect a statue of Pope Benedict XV in Instanbul which saluted him as The Great Pope of the world tragedy, benefactor of all people, regardless of religion 1920

Turkish War of Independence 1919 – 1924

Palestine becomes a mandated territory of United Kingdom 1920

Nicaraguan Civil War 1925 – 1933

Mexican Insurrections (Cristera War) Martyred many saints 1926 – 1929


"Uprising of Thirty Thousand" garment workers strike in NY City. After 14 weeks the workers win. Establishes the International Ladies Garment Workers Union 1909

Electric current for domestic use is standardized 1910

The Titanic sinks on maiden voyage killing 1518 passengers and crew 1912

Juliette Gordon Low founds the Girls Scouts in the US 1912

Federal Reserve System is created 1913

16th Amendment, giving Congress the power to tax personal incomes is adopted 1913

Panama Canal finished 1914

Hollywood, CA becomes center of motion picture production 1914

Congress passes resolution to celebrate Mother’s Day on 2nd Sunday in May 1914

Federal Trade Commission is established 1914

The US purchases the Virgin Islands from Denmark 1917

Smith-Hughes Act provided federal funds for vocational education below college level 1917

18th Amendment is ratified prohibition 1919

Passage of child labor laws reduce child labor by 40% particularly in coal mining and canning

industries 1919

1st municipal airport opens in Tucson AZ 1919

19th Amendment, Women given the right to vote 1920

United States Supreme Court unanimously upholds 19th amendment, the woman's right to vote 1922

In an effort to counter the terrorist activities of the Ku Klux Klan, Governor John Calloway Walton placed Oklahoma under martial law 1923

United States Supreme Court declares the Oregon School Law of 1923 to be unconstitutional. The purpose of the law was to force Catholic children under 14 to attend public schools 1925

Scope Monkey Trial in Dayton, TN 1925

Execution of prisoner by gas chamber (state of Nevada) 1924

Walt Disney made 1st animated sound film “Steamboat Willie” 1928

Hurricane and floods in Lake Okeechobee in Florida kill about 1800 people 1928

Stock Market Crash 1929

Great Depression starts 1929

Bishop Bernard Sheil of Chicago founds the Catholic Youth Organization CYO to promote

leadership 1930

Radio Astronomy (discovery of radio waves emanation from stars in outer space 1931

Chapter 4 – Years 1931 to 1956

My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the Lord. – Psalm 26:12

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. – Psalm 95:6-7

Congregation after WWII approx. 350 families

Baptisms – approx 640

1st Communions –

approx 246

Confirmations –

approx 545

Weddings – approx 196

Funerals – approx 117


Rev. Thomas Myles 1924 - 1965


Congregation News

Communion altar breads were made by the Sisters at St. Mary’s Hospital. Marion Heidke’s son would ride his bike to pick them up and bring them to the church 1930s

Father Linus McGarity from our parish celebrates 1st Mass at St. Jerome’s 1933

St. Jerome’s Parish helps the City of Columbus celebrate 100 years 1940

Holy Name Society organized for the men in the parish 1941

Miss Rachel Hylin goes home to our Lord and wills $ 29,000 to the parish to build a school. 1941

The children of St. Jerome’s are taught catechism by Father Myles and lay teachers (Marcella Powers was one of the teachers), they used the Baltimore catechism. 1930s

With the increase in enrollment and additional duties at the church the congregation contacts the Sinsinawa Dominicans to teach the children 1941

St. Jerome School Society is organized. Adults pay 50 cents a month to provide for transportation of the Sisters who taught catechism, and for the school fund 1942

Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters came from Edgewood in Madison on Saturday mornings to teach catechism 1942- 1945

Sisters begin the May Crowning of Mary for the catechism students 1943

More gifts are given for a purpose of building a school 1941 – 1958

Bishop Cotton from Kentucky comes to confirm the young people 1945

Due to the distance of bringing the Sisters from Edgewood, the children are now taught by the Sisters of the Divine Savior from East Bristol. A special monthly collection pays for the transportation of these sisters 1947

Bishop William P. O’Connor from Madison confirms 45 young people 1948

Father James Manley writes to us from Lake Geneva 1949

Junior Choir organized by Norma McNulty 1950

Two ladies from our parish enter the Sinsinawa Dominicans 1951

Our oldest member, Miss Jane Powers passes away at 107 years. She came to our parish from St. Columbkill in 1900. Miss Powers was a daily communicant until she was forced to give up attending Mass due to illness around 1952.

St. Mary Magdalene Circle is started to raise money for the school. Organized as a card party playing sheephead, later raises money for many church items 1954

Father Joseph Braig arrives to assist Father Myles in building a school 1956

Sister Mary Elizabeth Cullen joins the Daughters of Charity as a nurse and Sister Kathleen Conlin joins the Sinsinawa Dominicans as a teacher 1951

The start of the summer festival is with the chicken barbeque served at the Firemen’s Park which turns into a fall festival with beef when the school is built continues on…

Pope Pius XI 1922 - 1939

Pope Pius XII 1939 - 1958

Religious from our parish

Father Linus McGarity

Sister Kathleen Conlin

Sister Marilyn Derr

Sister Mary Elizabeth Cullen

Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Bishop Samuel A. Stritch 1930-1940

Monsignor Joseph Barbian

Monsignor Roman Atkielski

Bishop Moses E. Kiley 1940-1953

Catholic Herald newsletter merges with Catholic Citizen 1930’s

Fire destroys interior of St. John’s Cathedral 1935

Catholic Action movement started- Catholic laity invited to participate "in the apostolate of the hierachy" Sanctioned by Pope Pius XI

Novena’s started – To the Sorrowful Mother and to Our Lady of Victory

Diocese of Madison

Formed from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of LaCrosse 1946

Approx 82,000 members in the diocese 1946


Bishop William O’Connor 1946 - 1967

St. Martin de Porres House is founded by Bishop Jerome Hastrich in Madison, WI to serve the African American public 1946


“ Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the

sword or be burned or captured or plundered.

- Daniel 11:33

Veterans of the WWII and Korean War - forever in our hearts for their sacrifice to bring peace to the world

USS Dorchester torpedoed by a German sub and went down with a loss of 600 lives, 4 of them chaplains, one a Catholic priest, who gave up their life jackets to shipmates; Congress afterwards marked the 3rd of February "Four Chaplains Day" 1943


The Lord will have compassion on Jacob; once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in

their own land. Aliens will join them and unite with the house of Jacob.

- Isaiah 14:1


Herbert Hoover 1929 – 1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933 - 1945

Harry S. Truman 1945 – 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953 - 1961

Governors Population of Wisconsin

Philip LaFollette 1931 – 1933

Albert G. Schmedeman 1933 – 1935

Philip LaFollette 1935 – 1939

Julius P. Heil 1939 – 1943

Walter Samuel Goodland 1943 – 1947

Oscar Rennebohm 1947 – 1951

Walter J. Kohler, Jr 1951 - 1957

1930 – 2,939,006

1940 – 3,137, 587

1950 – 3,434,575

American News

First Friday Clubs are organized to encourage devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus 1936

Release of “The Song of Bernadette,” film about St Bernadette Soubirous and Our Lady of Lourdes 1943

Some men of note where Fathers Aloisius Muench and Francis Haas, both social thinkers and members of the seminary faculty. Both men had national reputations as social thinkers and moved to national and international prominence. Haas would become a close advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt's administration and Muench

would have a distinguished career as Apostolic Nuncio to post-war Germany. 1944

Rev. James Keller, MM founds the Christopher Movement in the US. The movement tries to bring Christian principles to American public and private life 1946

Archbishop Ritter of St. Louis opens Parochial schools to Negroes 1947

The Everson Case. The US Supreme Court supported the use of tax funds to provide free bus transportation for parochial school children as a Constitutional right 1947

First group of displaced persons (refugees) from Europe, including many Catholics arrive in the US 1948

Santa Maria University of Ponce, Puerto Rico is the first Catholic University in Puerto Rico 1948

Catholics in US collected 5,000 pounds of clothing during Thanksgiving Week for relief in Korea 1950

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen is consecrated Bishop in Rome and begins his career as a Televangelists 1951

Sister Naya Pelagie becomes the 1st native Eskimo Nun in the Community of the Grey Nuns of Nicolet 1951

Bishop Sheen receives the Look Television Award and an Emmy for “Life is Worth Living” TV show 1952


…For you are all the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all you who

have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.

- Galatians 3:26-27


Saint Augusto Andrés 1934

Saint Anicet Adolfo 1934

Saint Benjamín Julián 1934

Saint Benito de Jesús 1934

Saint Cirilo Bertrán 1934

Saint Inocencio de la Immaculada 1934

Saint Julián Alfredo 1934

Saint Marciano José 1934

Saint Victoriano Pío 1934

Blessed Antonia Mesina 1935

Blessed Leonid Feodorov 1935

Blessed Carmelo Sastre Sastre 1936

Blessed Carlo Erana Guruceta 1936

Blessed Ceferino Jimenez Malla 1936

Blessed Fidel Fuidio Rodriguez 1936

Blessed Francisco Castells Brenuy 1936

Blessed José Boher Foix 1936

Blessed José Juan Perot Juanmarti 1936

Blessed Jose Tàpies Sirvant 1936

Blessed Jesus Hita Miranda 1936

Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat 1936

Blessed Maria Pilar of Saint Francis Borgia 1936

Blessed Maria Angeles of Saint Joseph 1936

Blessed Pascual Araguàs Guàrdia 1936

Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero 1937


Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa 1955

Saint Pauline of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus 1942

Blessed Ladislao Batthyany-Strattmann 1931

Blessed Bernardina Maria Jablonska 1940

Blessed Angela of the Cross Guerrero 1932

Venerable Marie Therese of Saint Joseph 1938

Blessed Maria Dominica Mantovani 1934

Blessed Maria Candida of the Eucharist 1949

Blessed Andrea Giacinto Longhin 1936

Venerable Antonio Amumdarian Garmendia 1954

Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung 1944

Venerable Angela de San Jose Lloret Marti 1936

Blessed Maria del Pilar Izquierdo Albero 1945

Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida 1937

Venerable Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament 1937

Venerable Laura of St Catherine of Siena 1944

Blessed Clemens August von Galen 1946

Blessed Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi 1951

Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster 1954

Venerable Carlo Gnocchi 1956

Saint Luigi Orione 1940

Blessed Philip Rinaldi 1931

Blessed Eurosia Fabris 1932

Venerable Cesare Maria Barzaghi 1941

Blessed Liduina Meneguzzi 1941

Blessed Sanzia Szymkowiak 1942

Saint Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga 1952

Saint Genoveva Torres Morales 1956

Blessed John Adalbert Balicki 1948

Venerable Alberto Marvelli 1946

Blessed Claudio Granzotto 1947

Blessed Guido Maria Conforti 1931

Blessed Ignatius Klopotowski 1931

Blessed Florentina Nicol Goni 1940

Blessed Ursula Ledochowska 1939

Venerable Felix de Jesús Rougier 1938

Blessed Francis Rogaczewski 1940

Blessed Manuel Gonzalez Garcia 1940

Blessed Eusebia Palomino Yenes 1935

Venerable Carlo Liviero 1932

Blessed Daniel Brottier 1936

Blessed Andre Bessette 1937

Saint Leopold Mandic 1942

Blessed Antoni Swiadek 1945

Blessed Karl Leisner 1945

Saint Katharine Drexel 1955

Blessed Artemide Zatti 1951

Blessed Olympia Bida 1952

Blessed Paolo Manni 1952

John Calabria 1954

Venerable Caritas Brader 1943

Saint Faustina Kowalska 1938

Blessed Alphonsa of India 1946

Saint Josephine Bakhita 1947

Blessed Aurelio da Vinalesa 1936

Blessed Maria Karlowska 1935


And they continued steadfastly in the teaching of the apostles and in the

communion of the breaking of the bread and in the prayers.

Acts 2:42

Congregations Formed:

Episcopal approval of the Society of Christian Doctrine in Malta 1932

Founding of Glenmary Home Missioners in US to establish the Catholic Church in small-town and

rural America 1939

Founding of Legionaries of Christ by Fr. Marcial Maciel

Christian Appalachian Project founded by Father Ralph Beiting to serve the people of Appalachia 1950

The Catholic Worker begins publication by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin 1933

Diocese Formed:

Diocese of Youngstown, OH 1943

Diocese of Steubenville, OH 1944

Diocese of Austin, TX 1947

Elevation of Archdiocese of Canberra, Australia 1948

Elevation of Archdiocese of Goulburn, Australia 1948

Elevation of the Diocese of Kimberley, South Africa 1951

Diocese of Greensburg, PA 1951

Diocese of Juneau, AK 1951

Diocese of Bridgeport, CT 1953

Elevation of the Diocese of Kisumu, Kenya 1953

Elevation of the Diocese of Kingston, Jamaica 1956

Diocese of Atlanta, GA 1956

News from the Vatican:

Proclamation of Saint Robert Bellarmine as a Doctor of the Church 1931

Pope Pius XI installs a radio station in Vatican City, first Pontiff to use the radio for Pastoral purposes 1931

Holy Shroud of Turin is put on public display and photographed again ending all doubt 1931

St. Albert the Great is named Doctor of the Church, he was the teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas 1932

Pope Pius XI allows the Holy Shroud of Turin to be put on display again and is photographed holding a corner

of the Sacred Relic. 1933

Apparition of Our Lady of Knock receives approval 1936

Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, Papal Secretary of State tours the US, visiting universities and the President 1936

Pope Pius XI founds the Pontifical Academy of Sciences 1936

Eucharistic Congress held in Manila in Philippine Islands 1937

The US Hierarchy was founded at Montezuma Seminary at Las Vegas, NM for the Mexican clergy 1937

Pope Pius XII issues his 5 Point Peace Plan as an effort to avoid WWII 1939

Miraculous cure of Mrs Georgina Grondin from a malignant tumor through the intercession of Saint Marcelino Champagnat 1939

Pope Pius XII announces that the Catholic Church would remain strictly neutral in the War, the Pope pleas for

peace and Rome is treated as an Open City because of the Pope’s effort for peace 1940

Miraculous cure of John Ranaivo from cerebrospinal meningitis through the intercession of Saint Marcelino Champagnat 1941

The New York Times reported that Pope Pius XII was “About the only Ruler left on the continent of Europe who dares to raise his voice at all …against Hitlerism.” 1941

Pope Pius XII denounced the exterminations of all races, mainly the Jews in Germany 1942

Pope Pius XII makes the Vatican an asylum for countless refugees, including Jews. 1943

Rome bombed and then occupied by Hitler 1943

Rome liberated by the Allies from the Nazis and Fascists. American troops play a key role in the liberation 1944

People of US collect 6,000,000 pounds of clothing for the people of Italy 1944

St. Anthony of Padua named Doctor of the Church 1946

Our Lady of Ghisalla given as patroness of cyclists 1949

Discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls in Wadi Qumran written in Hebrew and Aramaic 1949

Pope Pius XII issues the Decree of Excommunication for all Communists 1949

St. John Baptist De La Salle named Heavenly Patron of school teachers 1950

Pope Pius XII proclaims the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be dogma 1950

The Vatican Order received approval to begin microfilming Vatican documents 1951


And on the third day a wedding took place at Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now Jesus too was invited to the marriage, and also his disciples. And the wine having run short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “What wouldst thou have me do, woman? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the attendants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

- St. John 2:1-5

Marian Apparition. The Blessed Virgin Mary appears in Banneux, Belgium from November 29 to January 3. 1932 – 1933

During World War II, American fighter pilots reported they witnessed a large figure of a Franciscan priest appear in the sky. The pilots were flying over San Giovanni Rotondo, on a mission to bomb Axis Powers targets. The apparition of the Franciscan priest was Padre Pio of Pietralcino. He stood with out stretched arms, ordering the pilots to turn around. The attack mission was aborted. No bombs fell on that Catholic town that day. 1944

Beginning of the messages from Our Lady of All Nations 1945

The title Our Lady of All Nations refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary who appeared in a series of apparitions from 25 March 1945 through 31 May 1959, and a series of ecstatic Eucharistic experiences between July 1958 and May 1970.

The seer, Ida Peerdemen was an office worker with an industrial firm in Amsterdam, Holland who, while pious, had no history of mystical experiences and was subsequently subjected to a series of examinations to prove she was not delusional. The messages give instruction and advice to fight evil and assorted prophecies. Our Lady told her that the messages were intended for all the people of the world, and that instead of miracles to prove their authenticity, the truth of the revelancies and prophecies would prove themselves.


…But he who has looked carefully into the perfect law of liberty and has remained in it, not

becoming a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, shall be blessed in his deed.

- St. James 1:25


Vaccine for yellow fever 1935

Heart-lung machine used for open heart surgery 1935

Vaccine for typhus 1937

First blood bank started 1937

First use of a Seeing Eye dog 1938

Antibiotic streptomycin discovered 1943

Vaccine for influenza 1945

Pacemaker 1952

DNA structure described 1953

1st kidney transplant 1954

Vaccine for polio 1955

Amphetamines used 1930’s

Sulfa drugs discovered 1935

Synthetic tranquilizers developed 1950’s


Home Life

Laura Ingalls Wilder writes the Little House Books 1930 – 1940’s

Mickey Rooney stars in “Boy’s Town” a movie about Father Flanagan’s Boy’s Town 1938

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire are the dancing duo for many movies 1930’s

Transistor 1947

Tape recorder 1940

McDonalds starts 1955

Nylon 1938

Fluorescent light 1935

Modern Plastics 1935

Radar 1935

Jet engine airplane 1939


…And I saw, and behold, a pale-green horse, and he who was sitting on it – his name is Death, and

hell was following him. And there was given him power over the four parts of the earth, to kill

with sword, with famine, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

- Revelations 6:8

Europe is plunged into a deep depression after WWI

Japanese forces invade Manchuria 1931

Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany 1933

Germany invades Poland beginning World War II in Europe 1939

Holocaust was carried out against Jews by the Nazis, many Christians were also murdered, by end of the war more than six million people had died in concentration camps 1939-1945

German army invades Holland 1940

Japan bombs Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941

WWII – 1939 – 1945

United Nations formed 1945

Nuclear weapons used for the first time in Japan by US 1945

UN divides Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state 1947

Israel was born and opened its borders to receive all its children home from the 4 corners of the globe May 1948

Geneva Convention initiated to regulate warfare 1949

Elizabeth II becomes Queen of England 1952

World Health Organization formed in the United Nations 1948

Korean War 1950 –1953

Mother Theresa opens the Nirma Hriday (Pure Heart) Home for the dying 1952


Great Depression, many banks are closed and people are unemployed 1929 – 1941

Civilian Conservation Corp is formed by the government to put people to work 1933

Social Security Act passed 1935

The American Hierarchy protests the religious persecution in Mexico 1935

Hoover Dam is completed in Nevada 1936

Wisc experiences a heatwave, Madison hits 107 degrees, Wisconsin Dells hits 114 degrees July 13, 1936

New England hurricane in Northeastern US kills about 600 people 1938

NBC made 1st regular telecasts in the US 1939

“Gone with the Wind” and “Wizard of Oz” are released 1939

Selective Service Act passed by US Congress (the draft) 1940

Pearl Harbor – The Day that will live in Infamy, US is attacked by Japan, enters WWII, December 7, 1941

First Atomic Reaction 1942

1st GI Bill passed, granting funds to veterans to continue their education 1944

Rural Electrification Association brings electricity to the people living in rural America 1935

Babyboom started 1946 to 1964

Center for Disease Control established 1946

James Stewart stars in “It’s a Wonderful Life” 1946

“Diary of Anne Frank” is published 1947

Executive Order 9981 ends segregation in the United States Armed Forces 1948

1st Cinemascope film “The Robe” is released 1950

1st nationwide telecast in US features President Harry S. Truman 1951

First successful open heart surgery 1953

Regular color telecast for televisions begin 1953

United States president Eisenhower signs order adding "under God" to the Pledge of Allegience 1954

Pres Eisenhower initiates the Food for Peace Program to help feed a world in need. 1954

Veteran’s Day first celebrated in US 1954

Supreme Court rules that public schools segregated by race are unconstitutional 1954

Martin Luther King Jr. led black boycott of Montgomery’s segregated bus system 1955

US Supreme Court ordered Montgomery to provide equal, integrated seating on buses 1956

Disability coverage under Social Security established 1956

Chapter 5 - Years 1957 to 1981

Say to him: “Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!

- 1Samuel 25:6

“For where two or three are gathered together for my sake, there am I in the midst of them.”

- St. Matthew 18:20

Congregation in 1972:

Over 400 families

Baptisms – 1,121

1ST Communions – 1,019

Confirmations - 801

Weddings - 340

Funerals - 344


Rev. Thomas Myles 1924 – 1965

Rev. Joseph Braig 1956

Rev. Bernard Meloy 1959 – 1965

Rev. Howard Finnegan 1965 – 1968

Rev. Ambrose Holzer 1968 – 1990

Rev. Timothy Gericke 1969 –

Religious from our parish

Father Thomas Schmied


Diocese of Madison


Bishop William P. O’Connor 1946-1967

Bishop Cletus F. O’Donnell 1967-1992

Congregation News

Work starts on a new school on 12 acres of land donated by J.E. O’Brien, Sr. 1957

School is opened with an enrollment of 131 children in grades 1 – 6. Sister Jovita is the principal 1958

New convent is built for the Sinsinawa Dominicans who teach in the school 1958

St. Jerome’s Chicken Barbecue, men of parish barbecue over 1300 chicken halves at Firemen’s Park 1963

Father Myles goes home to our Lord April 1, 1965 and Father Meloy serves as pastor for 6 months

Father Howard Finnegan launches a successful drive for the church building fund, adds over $100,000 1965 – 1968

A new home and school society is organized and actively supported under Father Finnegan 1965 – 1968

1st class to graduate from St. Jerome’s school 1966

Mass is served in the gym for the students due to the church no longer being big enough.

May crowning of Mary becomes an annual celebration in the school 1959

Knights of Columbus celebrates 50 years 1962

Altar Society starts selling spices to raise money for church and school 1960s to 1980s

1st Pancake Breakfast is given by Home and School Society, becoming an annual event 1966

Father Finnegan celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his ordination 1968

Father Finnegan is assigned to St. Patrick’s Parish in Janesville, WI. Over 500 area people welcome new priests to the parish and bid farewell to those leaving 1968

Father Ambrose Holzer is new parish priest, celebrates 25th Jubilee March 1970

Father Holzer is an accomplished carpenter, he teaches woodworking to students at St. Jerome’s and also graces many churches in Wisconsin along with St. Jerome’s with his creations 1968 – 1990

Father Thomas Schmied, a Capuchin Priest, offers his first Mass at St. Jerome’s. He is the son of Mrs. Anthony Wedel of Columbus. Father Schmied goes on to serve the Indian Missions in Minnesota 1969

Father Timothy Gericke comes to St. Jerome’s from St. Mary’s Hospital. He was the chaplain at the hospital. He moves to the rectory and is an assistant to Father Holzer 1969

The New Church is dedicated September 24, 1972

Blessings are received from Bishop O’ Connor on opening of new church August 1, 1972.

Book, “The Story of St. Jerome’s and a Community” published in honor of opening new church 1972

Cornerstone from old church in 1856 is opened and only an empty jar is inside. 1972

The old church and priest’s home is sold, becomes “New Testament Baptist Church” and is open to this day 1972

New priest’s residence is purchased on Folson Street 1972

Altar Society starts doing funeral lunches to help those in mourning Mid 1970’s

Bell Tower purchased for the front of church, the bell from the old church was used 1975

Ecumenical Masses start with other churches in the Columbus/Fall River area 1976

Last Supper carving is placed in the front of the altar 1977

Altar Society starts having its monthly bake sales after Mass 1978

St. Jerome’s celebrates 125 years with a Liturgy of Thanksgiving given by Bishop O’Donnell 1981

Father Holzer burns the mortgage 1981


He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great.

- 2 Samuel 22:35-36

Veterans of the Vietnam War - those who would go to help our brothers in need, to stop

communism from spreading.

Roger Carl Atkinson

Eugene Otto Fuller

William Dale Gorsuch

Allen Frederick Grotzke

James R Neubauer

Jerry Allen Nichols

Harlan T Pache

Jerrold Joseph Schliesman

Lloyd Steven Smith

Ralph Lee Vogeli

David John Wilcox


Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your

God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.

- Deuteronomy 16:18


Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953 – 1961

John F. Kennedy 1961 – 1963, first Catholic President

Lyndon B. Johnson 1963 - 1969

Richard M. Nixon 1969 – 1974

Gerald R. Ford 1974 – 1977

Jimmy Carter 1977 - 1981


Vernon Wallace Thomson 1957 – 1959

Gaylord A. Nelson 1959 – 1963

John W. Reynolds 1963 – 1965

Warren P. Knowles 1965 - 1971

Martin J. Schreiber 1977 – 1979

Lee S. Dreyfus 1979 - 1983

States admitted to the Union Population of Wisconsin

Alaska is 49th state – 1959 1960 – 3,951,777

Hawaii is 50th state – 1959 1970 – 4,417,731

1980 – 4,705,767

Wisconsin and Area News

Milwaukee Braves win the world series defeating the New York Yankees 1957

Menominee Indian Reservation becomes Wisconsin’s 72nd county 1961

Golden anniversary of St. Mary’s Hospital in Columbus, WI is celebrated. Father Nellen is chaplain 1963.

School compulsory attendance age is raised to 18 years 1965

Governor calls out the National Guard during civil rights demonstrations in Wauwatosa, WI 1966

Ban on colored oleomargarine is repealed 1967

Columbus builds a community hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital is closed and property sold. Later turned into the Santa Maria apartments. 1969

Several thousand welfare rights supporters led by Father James Groppi occupy the Assemby Chamber. Culmination of week-long march by welfare recipients protesting cuts in their living allowances 1969

Sterling Hall Bombing at UW – Madison kills researcher during Vietnam war protest 1970

Milwaukee Bucks win the National Basketball Association Championship 1971

Madison Experiences an ice storm losing power and shutting down business and schools 1975

Madison School District Teachers go on an extended strike February and March 1976

The whole country celebrates the United States 200th birthday July 4, 1976

Fall River and Columbus set up a joint food pantry to help those in need 1981


Now we know that for those who love God all things work together unto good,

for those who, according to his purpose, are saints through his call.

- Romans 8:28




Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of vain glory, but in humility let each one regard the others

as his superiors, each one looking not to his own interests but to those of others.

- Philippians 2:3-4

Diocese formed:

Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY 1957

Diocese of Baton Rouge, LA 1961

Diocese of Allentown, PA 1961

Diocese of San Angelo, TX 1961

Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA 1962

Diocese of Brownsville, TX 1965

Diocese of Nouakchott, Mauritania 1965

Archdiocese of Anchorage, AK 1966

Diocese of Beaumont, TX 1966

Archdiocese of Keewatin, Manitoba 1967

Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica 1967

Diocese of Birmingham, AL 1969

Diocese of Forth Worth, TX 1969

Archdiocese of Khartoum, Sudan 1974

Diocese of Arlington, VA 1974

Diocese of Biloxi, MS 1977

News from the Vatican

United Church of Christ founded by ecumenical union of Congregationalists and Evangelical & Reformed, representing Calvinists and Lutherans 1957

Pope John XXIII announces his intention to hold the Vatican II Council 1959

Pope John XXIII publishes Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia: On Saint John Vianney 1959

Pope John XXIII publishes his first encyclical “On truth, unity & peace, in charity” 1959

The United Church of Christ issues their Statement of Faith 1959


And he said to them, “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who

believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned.

- St. Mark 16:15-16

News from the Vatican:

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is dedicated in Washington, DC 1959

Saint Louise de Marillac chosen patron of social workers by Blessed Pope John XXIII 1960

Saint Joseph added to the Canon of the Mass, the first alteration made to this canon since the 7th century 1962

Saint Peter of Alcantara names as patron of Estremadura, Spain 1962

Second Vatican Council begins 1962

Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical On peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty 1963

Pope Paul VI makes a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, becoming the first pope in 150 years to leave Italy while on the throne 1964

Pope Paul VI meets with Greek Ecumenical, Patriarch of Constantinople, Athenagoras I, 1st meeting since 1439 1964

Miraculous cure of Mrs Maria Battaglia through the intercession of Blessed Tommaso Maria Fusco 1964

Roman Catholic Church in US changes from Latin to English in the Mass 1964

Pope Paul VI becomes first Pope to visit Western Hemisphere 1965

Pope Paul VI proclaims Jews not collectively guilty for the Crucifixion of Jesus 1965

Removal of Simon of Trent from the calendar 1965

Second Vatican Council closes 1965

Translation of the relics of St. John Baptist Rossi 1965

Publication of the Jerusalem Bible, a translation from original languages based on Bible de Jerusalem 1966

Publication of the Revised Standard Version Bible, Catholic Edition, a joint effort between Catholics and the

Church of England, a big step towards a common Catholic/Protestant Bible 1966

United States bishops end mandatory Friday abstinence from meat 1966

Bethlehem occupied by Israeli troops 1967

Pope Paul VI and Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny confer @ the Vatican in the first meeting in history between a Roman Catholic pontiff and the head of a Communist state 1967

Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical Sacerdotalis Caelibatus 1967

Voice of the Martrys, Christian organization formed in the United States to combat communism and promote the

cause of the persecuted church 1967

Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota, Colombia; this is the first visit by a Pope to South America 1968

Pope Paul VI issues encyclical that continued church teachings prohibiting birth control 1968

Apollo 8 astronauts read passages from Book of Genesis from space 1968

Declaration of Saint Catharine of Siena as a Doctor of the Church 1970

Declaration of Saint Teresa of Avila as a Doctor of the Church 1970

Publication of the Confraternity Version Bible, a new Catholic translation which began before 1939 as a translation

from the Vulgate, but ending up as a new translation from the Hebrew and Greek 1970

Publication of the New American Standard Bible, which updates the American Standard Version using recent

Hebrew and Greek textual discoveries 1971

Pope Paul VI encyclical To Honor Mary 1974

Miraculous cure of Brother Heriberto Weber Nellessen, in Uruguay through intercession of St Marcelino

Champagnat 1976

Pope Paul VI ends automatic excommunication of divorced American Catholics who remarry, a decree 1st imposed

by American Bishops in 1884 and only to the diocese of America 1977

Publication of the New International Version Bible, which used eclectic Greek and Massoretic Hebrew text, and

current English style 1978

Pope John Paul II is first pope to visit the White House 1979

Pope John Paul II’s first overseas trip as pope 1979

Work begins on the New King James Bible, a complete revision of 1611 Authorized Version, updating archaisms

and retaining style 1979

Mother Teresa of Calcutta is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 1979

Pope John Paul II shot by Turkish terrorist 1981


…And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her

by the Lord shall be accomplished.”

- St. Luke 1:45

In July the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Agnes Sasagawa at Akita, Japan. Our Lady said, "Do not fear. Pray with fervor not only because of your sins, but in reparation for those of all men. The world today wounds the Sacred Heart of our Lord by its ingratitudes and injuries. The wounds of Mary are much deeper and more sorrowful than yours. Let us pray together in the Chapel."

In the last apparition Our lady said, "The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, and Bishops against Bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confrers. Churches and altars will be sacked. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord." 1973

On June 24, 1981 our Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to 6 children in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Hercegovina (Yugoslavia). She came with messages of Peace, Faith, Conversion, Prayer and Fasting. All this time, from the beginning of the apparitions up until today, there have only been five days when none of the children saw Our Lady. Our Lady didn't always appear in the same place either, nor to the same group, nor individuals, nor did her apparitions always last a specified period. Sometimes the apparitions lasted two minutes, sometimes an hour. Neither did Our Lady appear at the children's will. Sometimes they prayed and waited but Our Lady didn't appear until a little while afterwards, unexpectedly and unforewarned. And sometimes she appeared to one and not to the others. If she hadn't promised an appointed time, nobody knew when she would appear, or if she would appear. Neither did she appear always to just the aforesaid visionaries, but to others also of different age, stature, race, education and walks of life. All this suggests that the apparitions are not a product of the imagination. It depends neither on time nor place, nor desire nor the prayer of pilgrim or visionary, but moreover on the will of He who permits it.


The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and

you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled,

do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.

– 1Samuel 10:6-7


Technology and Transportation

Space Shuttle 1981

Gossamer Albatross human powered 1979

Super Computer 1976

Microsoft is formed 1975

Barcode on products 1974

VCR are invented Beta and VHS 1970s

First Mass produced video game – Pong 1972

Boeing 747 starts production 1970

Optical Fiber 1970

Apollo spacecraft 1969

Integrated circuits minicomputers 1965

IBM OS/360 operating system 1964

Laser 1960

Television weather satellite 1960


Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or hunger,

or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? Even as it is written, “For thy sake we are put to death

all the day long. We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.”

- Romans 8:35-36

Cuban Revolution 1955 – 1959

Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1958

Guatemalen Civil War 1961 - 1996

Algerian War 1953 - 1964

Sudanese Civil War starts 1956

Ethiopian Eritrean Guerilla War 1960 – 1991

Congalese Civil War 1960 – 1968

Angolan War of Independence starts 1961

Arab – Israeli War 1956

Transatlantic TV programs relayed by satellite 1962

Argentine Revolts 1962 – 1964

Mau Mau uprising 1952 – 1956

Lebanese Civil War 1957 – 1958

Vietnam War 1957 – 1974

Start of Palestinian Guerrilla War 1960

Start of Burmese Guerrilla War 1950

Laotian Civil War starts 1953

Communist build the Berlin Wall 1961

Independence of Jamaica 1962

Yemenite Civil War 1962 – 1970

Martin Luther King Jr. awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 1964

Six Day War, Israel wins 1967

Chinese “Cultural Revolution” 1966 – 1970

Answar Dam built in Egypt 1968

Apollo 11 astronauts land on the moon 1969

Britian abolishes the death penalty 1969

Start of Philippine Guerilla War 1969

Cambodian Civil War, dictator Polpot takes over and kills millions 1970

Storm surge from a tropical cyclone drowns about 266,000 people in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) 1970

Bangledishi Civil War 1972

Palestinian terrorist kill 11 Israeli athletes at Olympic Games in Munich Germany 1972

Hurricane Fifi kills about 8,000 in Honduras 1974

72 nations agree to ban biological weapons 1972

Arab Israeli War 1972 – 1974

Northern Ireland Civil War 1969 – 1998

Start of Basque war for Independence 1968

United Nations condemns apartheid in South Africa 1976

Spanish Saharan War 1976 – 1991

Columbian Guerrilla War starts 1976

Salvadoran Civil War 1977 – 1992

Hurricane Flora kills about 5000 people in Haiti, 1700 in Cuba, 400 in the Dominican Republic 1963

Floods caused by typhoon Nina kill over 100,000 people in China 1975

Dictator Idi Amin Dada takes over Uganda and massacres millions 1971 - 1979


Explorer launched by US 1958

1st images of Earth taken from satellite 1959

Civil Rights demonstrations throughout country 1960’s

First manned American Space flight by astronaut Alan Shepard 1961

1st satellite launched with a nuclear power source 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis 1962

President Kennedy assassinated 1963

Congress passes Civil Rights Act 1964

Medicare set up 1965

Congress passes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 1965

Congress passes Voting Rights Act of 1965

1st American spacewalk by astronaut White 1965

Disaster at Cape Kennedy, 3 astronauts die 1967

Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl 1967 and 1968

Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 1968

Senator Robert Kennedy assassinated 1968

Hurricane Camille kills over 250 people in seven states from Louisiana to Virginia 1969

Voting age reduced to 18 years 1970

Center for Science in Public Interest founded 1971

President Nixon visits China 1972

President Nixon visits Soviet Union 1972

Floods from Hurricane Agnes kill 117 from Florida to New York 1972

Vietnam POW’s are returned home 1975

Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns 1973

Draft was ended and military becomes an all-volunteer force 1973

The War Power Resolution passed by Congress giving Congress the power to halt after 60 days the use of any US armed forces that the president has ordered into combat abroad. 1973

Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon resigned 1973

Vice President Ford is the first president not voted into office, pardons Richard Nixon 1973

Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, Christians rally to support life – ProLife movement 1973

Federal Energy Administration is formed 1974

United States celebrates 200th birthday 1976

1st satellite for GPS (global positioning system) is launched 1978

Satellite MAGSAT maps the magnetic field of Earth 1979

Congress establishes US Dept of Education 1979

Space shuttle is launched 1980

Mount St. Helen erupts in state of Washington 1980

Chapter 6 - Years 1982 to 2006

They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. - Psalm 145:6

My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me;

he whose walk is blameless will minister to me.

- Psalm 101:6



I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you

put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.

- Psalm 44:6-8

Veterans of the Invasion of Grenada, Invasion of Panama, Persian Gulf War, War on Terrorism, Kosovo/Bosnia Conflict, Somalia, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Afghanistan and throughout the world fighting to bring freedom to a troubled world…

With the ongoing nature of the war on terror, we remember those that have already died in service to their country and those that still go in the name of freedom wherever they are called in the world.


I urge therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be

made for all men; for king, and for all in high positions, that we may lead a quiet

and peaceful life in all piety and worthy behavior.

- 1 Timothy 2:1-2


Ronald Reagan 1981 – 1989

George Bush 1989 - 1993

Bill Clinton 1993 – 2001

George W. Bush 2001 - 2008

Governors Population of Wisconsin

Lee S. Dreyfus 1979 – 1983

Anthony S. Earl 1983 – 1987

Tommy Thompson 1987 - 2001

Scott McCallum 2001 – 2003

Jim Doyle 2003 - current

1980 – 4,705,767

1990 – 4,891,769

2000 – 5,363,675

These last 25 years God has given us additional tools to help reach more people for our Lord. The internet, cell phones, satellite television and satellite radio all are tools used by missionaries throughout the world.

Here are some websites you can check out: Website where you can write to Christians imprisoned for their faith around the world Voice of the Martyrs Priests of the Sacred Heart Christian Relief Services Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity Legion of Christ Catholic Website Vatican website Catholic Website Send bibles directly to people in hostile countries Catholic Website Catholic Timeline Site with information on Mary in Medjugorje


And one of the elders spoke and said to me, “These who are clothed in white robes, who are they?

And whence have they come? And I said to him, “My lord, thou knowest.” And he said to

me, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation, and have washed their

robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

- Revelations 7:13-14


September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Flight 93 were the sight of Islamic terrorist attacks killing about 3,000 people in the worst attack on US soil. Persecution of Christians worldwide is greatly increased.

Father Jerzy Popieluszko spiritual director of Solidarity in Poland 1982

207 of Catholic parish in Kasika, Zaire 1998

37 people of which 5 religious and 5 lay church workers martyred in rebel attack, Democratic Republic of Congo 1998

30 Catholics martyred in their local church in Bujumbura, Burundi 1999

Bishop in Uganda

Sister Dorothy Stang in Brazil 2005

Rev. Fr. Matthew Gajere in Nigeria 2006

2 Priests of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Nigeria 2006

Many Christians lost their lives when their Islamic neighbors rioted over a cartoon, very sad day for our brothers and sisters Spring 2006

The following countries are where Christians are consistently harassed, imprisoned, killed or deprived of their possessions or liberties because of their faith in Jesus:

The following countries are where the governments consistently attempt to provide protection for the Christian population but they are still victims of violence due to their witness:

Chechnya (Russia)

Chiapas (Mexico)

Gaza and the West Bank

Mindanao (Philippines)



The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus


As the number of people in the world increase, so do the number of people who are doing the work of our Lord. God keeps track of his children and those who love our Lord. Some of those who have served the Lord and have gone home to his rest are:

Bishop Cletus F. O’Donnell 1992

Father Bernard F. Meloy 1998

Father Jack McNearney 2006

Venerable Teresa of Calcutta 1997

Father Ambrose Holzer 2000

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand 2001

Pope John Paul II 2005


Because all that is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the

victory that overcomes the world, our faith.

- 1 St. John 5:4

Diocese Formed:

Diocese of Victoria, TX 1982

Archdiocese of Alba Iulia, Romania 1991

Diocese of Alto Solimões, Amazonas, Brazil 1991

Mission “Sui luris” of Bomadi, Nigeria 1991

Vicariate apostolic of Meki, Ethiopia 1991

Apostolic administration of European Russia 1991

Apostolic administration of Kazakhstan 1991

Apostolic administration of Lubaczów, Poland 1991

Apostolic administration of Siberia, Russian Federation 1991

Diocese of Alcalá de Henares, Spain 1991

Diocese of Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil 1991

Diocese of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 1991

Diocese of Ebolowa-Kribi, Cameroon 1991

Diocese of Nacala, Mozambique 1991

Vicariate apostolic of Mandeville, Jamaica, Antilles 1991

Armenian ordinariate of Eastern Europe 1991

Mission “Sui luris” of Kano, Nigeria 1991

Archdiocese of Cumaná, Venezuela 1992

Archdiocese of Czestochowa, Poland 1992

Archdiocese of Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1992

Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamien, Poland 1992

Diocese of Zamosc-Lubaczów, Poland 1992

Diocese of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico 1992

Diocese of Valle de la Pascua, Venezuela 1992

Diocese of Warszawa-Praga, Poland 1992

Diocese of Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire 1992

Vicariate apostolic of Bontoc-Lagawe, Philippines 1992

Vicariate apostolic of Tabuk, Philippines 1992

Apostolic administration of Caucaso, Armenia 1993

Apostolic administration of Zakarpattia, Ukraine 1993

Diocese of Alto Valle del Río Negro, Argentina 1993

Diocese of Debrecen-Nyíregyháza, Hungary 1993

Diocese of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina 1993

Diocese of Tarahumara, Chihuahua, Mexico 1993

Ukrainian eparchy of Kolomyia-Chernivtsi, Ukraine 1993

Ukrainian eparchy of Sambir-Drohobych, Ukraine 1993

Ukrainian eparchy of Ternopil, Ukraine 1993

Ukrainian eparchy of Zboriv, Ukraine 1993

Diocese of San Ignacio de Velasco, Bolivia 1994

Diocese of Araçatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1994

Diocese of El Vigia-San Carlos del Zulia, Venezuela 1994

Military ordinariate of Hungary 1994

Archdiocese of Calabozo, Venezuela 1995

Diocese of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela 1994

Maronite eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles, California 1994

Prefecture apostolic of Jimma-Bonga, Ethiopia 1994

Syro-Malabarese archdiocese of Tellicherry, India 1995

Syro-Malabarese archdiocese of Trichur, India 1995

Diocese of Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica 1995

Diocese of Cuauhtémoc-Madera, Chihuahua, Mexico 1995

Diocese of Getafe, Spain 1991

Diocese of Gokwe, Zimbabwe 1991

Diocese of Grodno, Belarus 1991

Diocese of Kotido, Uganda 1991

Diocese of Melipilla, Chile 1991

Diocese of Bialystok, Poland 1991

Diocese of Yokadouma, Cameroon 1991

Diocese of Drohiczyn, Poland 1991

Military ordinariate of Poland 1991

Diocese of Jinotega, Nicaragua 1991

Diocese of Juigalpa, Nicaragua 1991

Diocese of Fort-Liberté, Haiti 1991

Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana 1992

Archdiocese of Bialystok, Poland 1992

Archdiocese of Gdansk, Poland 1992

Archdiocese of Katowice, Poland 1992

Archdiocese of Lublin, Poland 1992

Archdiocese of Lódz, Poland 1992

Archdiocese of Przemysl, Poland 1992

Archdiocese of Warmia, Poland 1992

Diocese of Beilsko-Zywiec, Poland 1992

Diocese of Carora, Venezuela 1992

Diocese of Elblag, Poland 1992

Diocese of Elk, Poland 1992

Diocese of Gikongoro, Rwanda 1992

Diocese of Gliwice, Poland 1992

Diocese of Guwahati, India 1992

Diocese of Hakha, Myanmar 1992

Diocese of Kalisz, Poland 1992

Diocese of Edéa, Cameroon 1993

Diocese of Eséka, Cameroon 1993

Diocese of Gumla, India 1993

Diocese of Tlapa, Mexico 1992

Diocese of Torun, Poland 1992

Diocese of Legnica, Poland 1992

Diocese of Lowicz, Poland 1992

Diocese of Simdega, India 1993

Diocese of Limón, Costa Rica 1994

Diocese of Aného, Togo 1994

Diocese of Batouri, Cameroon 1994

Diocese of El Alto, Bolivia 1994

Diocese of Jasikan, Ghana 1994

Diocese of Kandi, Benin 1994

Diocese of Kara, Togo 1994

Diocese of Kpalimé, Togo 1994

Archdiocese of Guwahati, India 1995

Archdiocese of Imphal, India 1995

Diocese of Tunis, Tunisia 1995

Diocese of Djougou, Benin 1995

Diocese of Ecatepec, Mexico 1995

Diocese of Hazaribag, India 1995

Diocese of Jalingo, Nigeria 1995

Diocese of Jelgava, Latvia 1995

Diocese of Kafanchan, Nigeria 1995

Diocese of Kericho, Kenya 1995

Diocese of Khunti, India 1995

Diocese of Nebbi, Uganda 1996

Diocese of Eunápolis, Baia, Brazil 1996

Diocese of Lugazi, Uganda 1996

Diocese of Keningua, Malaysia 1992

Diocese of Koforidua, Ghana 1992

Diocese of Mawlamyine, Myanmar 1993

Diocese of Rzeszów, Poland 1992

Diocese of Sosnowiec, Poland 1992

Diocese of Palangkaraya, Indonesia 1993

Archdiocese of Veszprém, Hungary 1993

Apostolic administration of Moldova 1993

Diocese of Alto Paraná, Paraguay 1993

Diocese of Gurué, Mozambique 1993

Diocese of Homa Bay, Kenya 1993

Diocese of Kankan, Guinea 1993

Diocese of Kaposvár, Hungary 1993

Diocese of Penonomé, Panama 1993

Diocese of Plzen, Czech Republic 1993

Diocese of Port-Bergé, Madagascar 1993

Diocese of Srikakulam, India 1993

Diocese of Magdeburg, Germany 1994

Diocese of Escuintla, Guatemala 1994

Diocese of Odienné, Côte d'Ivoire 1994

Vicariate apostolic of Rundu, Namibia 1994

Vicariate apostolic of Kano, Nigeria 1995

Archdiocese of Košice, Slovakia 1995

Diocese of Konongo-Mampong, Ghana 1995

Diocese of Mbaïki, Central African Republic 1995

Diocese of Damongo, Ghana 1995

Diocese of Dassa-Zoumé, Benin 1995

Diocese of Obuasi, Ghana 1995

Diocese of Osogbo, Nigeria 1995

Diocese of Otukpo, Nigeria 1995

Diocese of Ratnapura, Sri Lanka 1995

Diocese of Rezekne-Aglona, Latvia 1995

Diocese of Santisimo Salvador de Bayamo y Manzanillo, Cuba 1995

Eparchy of Barentu, Eritrea 1995

Eparchy of Keren, Eritrea 1995

Maronite eparchy of Nuestra Señora de los Mártires del Libano en Mexico 1995

Military ordinariate of Venezuela 1995

Prefecture apostolic of Kontagora, Nigeria 1995

Syrian eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark, New Jersey 1995

Ukrainian apostolic exarchate of Kyiv-Vyshhorod, Ukraine 1995

Vicariate apostolic of Isiolo, Kenya 1995

Diocese of Buenaventura, Colombia 1996

Prefecture apostolic of Nepal 1996

Diocese of Agartala, India 1996

Diocese of Baucau, East Timor 1996

Diocese of Carabayllo, Peru 1996

Diocese of Chosica, Peru 1996

Diocese of Ciego de Avila, Cuba 1996

Diocese of Guarenas, Venezuela 1996


Archdiocese of Los Altos Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán, Guatemala 1996

Diocese of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador 1996

Ukrainian archdiocese of Przemysl-Warsaw, Poland 1996

Archdiocese of Palmas, Tocatins, Brazil 1996

Vicariate apostolic of Bomadi, Nigeria 1996

Diocese of Ostrava-Opava, Czech Republic 1996

Diocese of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic 1996

Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima, Guatemala 1996

Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu, Guatemala 1996

Byzantine apostolic exarchate of Czech Republic 1996

Malankarese diocese of Marthandom, India 1996

Maronite archeparchy of Haifa e Terra Santa, Israel 1996

Syro-Malabarese diocese of Thuckalay, India 1996

Ukrainian diocese of Wroclaw-Gdansk, Poland 1996

Archdiocese of Mercedes- Luján, Argentina 1997

Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica, Antilles 1997

Archdiocese of Vaduz, Liechtenstein 1997

Byzantine apostolic exarchate of Košice, Slovakia 1997

Diocese of Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic 1997

Diocese of Matehuala, San Luís Potosí, México 1997

Diocese of San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic 1997

Prefecture apostolic of Brunei, Brunei Darussalam 1997

Territorial prelature of Paranatinga, Mato Grosso, Brazil 1997

Archdiocese of Nassau, Bahamas, Antilles 1999

Diocese of San José del Guaviare, Colombia 1999

Diocese of Caraguatatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1999

Diocese of Osório, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 1999

Syro-Malabarese diocese of Adilabad, India 1999

Vicariate apostolic of Trinidad, Colombia 1999

Vicariate apostolic of Tierradentro, Colombia 2000

Diocese of Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil 2000

Diocese of Catanduva, Sao Paulo, Brazil 2000

Diocese of Gregorio de Laferrere, Argentina 2000

Diocese of Janaúba, Minas Gerais, Brazil 2000

Mission “Sui luris” of Baku, Azerbaijan 2000

Prefecture apostolic of Gambella, Ethiopia 2000

Prefecture apostolic of Likouala, Congo 2000

Vicariate apostolic of Kontagora, Nigeria 2002

Prefecture apostolic of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 2002

Diocese of San Clemente a Saratov, Russian Federation 2002

Diocese of San Giuseppe a Irkutsk, Russian Federation 2002

Diocese of Trasfigurazione a Novosibirsk, Russian Federation 2002

Apostolic administration of São João Maria Vianney, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2002

Apostolic exarchate of Argentina, Faithful of the Oriental Rite 2002

Vicariate apostolic of Rodrigues, Mauritius 2002

Vicariate apostolic of Taytay, Philippines 2002

Diocese of Lurín, Peru 1996

Diocese of Neyyattinkara, India 1996

Diocese of Rrëshen, Albania 1996

Diocese of Abeokuta, Nigeria 1997

Diocese of Asansol, India 1997

Diocese of Bagdogra, India 1997

Diocese of Dharmapuri, India 1997

Diocese of Goaso, Ghana 1997

Diocese of Mongu, Zambia 1997

Diocese of Požega, Croatia 1997

Diocese of Varaždin, Croatia 1997

Diocese of Šiauliai, Lithuania 1997

Military ordinariate of Croatia 1997

Archdiocese of Gulu, Uganda 1999

Archdiocese of Arusha, Tanzania 1999

Archdiocese of Mbarara, Uganda 1999

Archdiocese of Patna, India 1999

Archdiocese of Tororo, Uganda 1999

Diocese of Granada en Colombia 1999

Diocese of Kano, Nigeria 1999

Nunciature of Cambodia 1999

Nunciature of Singapore 1999

Diocese of Gwalior, India 1999

Diocese of Kolda, Senegal 1999

Diocese of Mamfe, Cameroon 1999

Diocese of Masvingo, Zimbabwe 1999

Diocese of N’Dali, Benin 1999

Diocese of Tumaco, Colombia 1999

Diocese of Vitebsk, Belarus 1999

Diocese of Wiawso, Ghana 1999

Diocese of Yendi, Ghana 1999

Diocese of Yopal, Colombia 1999

Archdiocese of Agrigento, Italy 2000

Archdiocese of Monreale, Italy 2000

Archdiocese of Pesaro, Italy 2000

Archdiocese of Rijeka, Croatia 2000

Diocese of Bongaigaon, India 2000

Diocese of Carúpano, Venezuela 2000

Diocese of Gospic-Senj, Croatia 2000

Diocese of Lafia, Nigeria 2000

Diocese of Laredo, Texas 2000

Diocese of Malindi, Kenya 2000

Diocese of Mpanda, Tanzania 2000

Diocese of Orizaba, Mexico 2000

Diocese of Nouna, Burkina Faso 2000

Diocese of Skopje, Macedonia 2000

Diocese of Zaria, Nigeria 2000

Eparchy of Bucac, Ukraine 2000

Eparchy of Sokal, Ukraine 2000

Eparchy of Stryj, Ukraine 2000

Military ordinariate of Lithuania 2000

Archdiocese of Poiters, France 2002

Diocese of Mukacheve, Ukraine 2002

Diocese of Auchi, Nigeria 2002

Diocese of Chinglepet, India 2002

Diocese of Jhabua, India 2002

Diocese of Nyahururu, Kenya 2002

Nunciature of East Timor 2002

Nunciature of Qatar 2002

Diocese of Bauchi, Nigeria 2003

Diocese of Cubao, Philippines 2003

Diocese of Dindigul, India 2003

Diocese of Engativá, Colombia 2003

Diocese of Fontibón, Colombia 2003

Diocese of Kasana-Luweero, Uganda 1996

Vicariate apostolic of Bauchi, Nigeria 1996

Archdiocese of Parakou, Benin 1997

Diocese of Amparo, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1997

Diocese of Juína, Mato Grosso, Brazil 1997

Diocese of Manga, Burkina Faso 1997

Diocese of Merlo-Moreno, Argentina 1997

Diocese of Punto Fijo, Venezuela 1997

Mission of “Sui luris” of Kyrgyzstan 1997

Mission of “Sui luris” of Tadjikistan 1997

Mission of “Sui luris” of Turkmenistan 1997

Mission of “Sui luris” of Uzbekistan 1997

Diocese of Ambositra, Madagascar 1999

Diocese of Karaganda, Kazakhstan 1999

Diocese of Mocoa-Sibundoy, Colombia 1999

Apostolic administration of Almaty, Kazakhstan 1999

Apostolic administration of Astana, Kazakhstan 1999

Apostolic administration of Atyrau, Kazakhstan 1999

Apostolic administration of Eastern Siberia, Russian Federation 1999

Apostolic administration of Southern European Russia 1999

Vicariate apostolic of Puerto Gaitán, Colombia 1999

Syro-Malabarese diocese of Belthangady, India 1999

Vicariate apostolic of Puerto Carreño, Colombia 1999

Diocese of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico 2000

Archdiocese of Koupéla, Burkina Faso 2000

Vicariate apostolic of Leticia, Colombia 2000

Diocese of Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico 2000

Diocese of Dédougou, Burkina Faso 2000

Archdiocese of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso 2000

Vicariate apostolic of San Andrés y Providencia, Colombia 2000

Diocese of Fenoarivo Atsinanana, Madagascar 2000

Apostolic administration of Prizren, Yugoslavia 2000

Diocese of San Lorenzo, Paraguay 2000

Mission “Sui luris” of Cayman Islands, Antilles 2000

Archdiocese of Gandhinagar, India 2002

Diocese of Coxim, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil 2002

Archdiocese of Vitória da Conquista, Baia, Brazil 2002

Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego 2002

Diocese of Parañaque, Philippines 2002

Diocese of Tanjung Selor, Indonesia 2002

Mission “Sui luris” of Afghanistan 2002

Diocese of Novaliches, Philippines 2002

Diocese of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, Ukraine 2002

Archeparchy of Donets'k-Kharkiv, Ukraine 2002

Archdiocese of Palembang, Indonesia 2003


And let us consider how to incite one another to charity and good works; not forsaking our assembly as

is the custom of some, but exhorting one another, and this all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

- Hebrews 10:24-25

Archdiocese of Maria Santissima in Astna, Kazakhstan 2003

Diocese of Santissima Trinità in Almaty, Kazakhstan 2003

Diocese of Acarigua-Araure, Venezuela 2002

Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, Ukraine 2002

Prefecture apostolic of Makokou, Gabon 2003

Diocese of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico 2003

Apostolic administration of Kyrgyzstan 2006

Archdiocese of Maribor, Slovenia 2006

Diocese of Murska Sobota, Slovenia 2006

Diocese of El Banco, Colombia 2006

Diocese of Novo Mesto, Slovenia 2006

Diocese of Celje, Slovenia 2006

Diocese of Sindhudurg, India 2005

Diocese of Kalookan, Philippines 2003

Diocese of Mindelo, Cape Verde 2003

Diocese of Pasig, Philippines 2003

Diocese of Port-Gentil, Gabon 2003

Diocese of Soacha, Colombia 2003

Diocese of Vélez, Colombia 2003

Eparchy of Guizeh, Egypt 2003

Eparchy of Emdeber, Ethiopia 2003

Eparchy of Idukki, India 2003

Eparchy of Muvattupuzha, India 2003

Military ordinariate of Slovakia 2003

Diocese of Terrassa, Spain 2004

Diocese of Timika, Indonesia 2004

Diocese of Gulbarga, India 2005

Diocese of Cartago, Costa Rica 2005

Archdiocese of Samarinda, Indonesia 2003

Archdiocese of Toliara, Madagascar 2003

Diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea 2003

Diocese of Valle de Chalco, Mexico 2003

Diocese of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico 2003

Apostolic exarchate of Odessa-Krym, Ukraine 2003

Apostolic exarchate of Serbia e Montenegro, Croatia 2003

Diocese of Uijongbu, South Korea 2004

Diocese of Jashpur, India 2006

Diocese of Jowai, India 2006

Diocese of Nongstoin, India 2006

Diocese of Awgu, Nigeria 2005

News from the Vatican:

Pope John Paul II prays for an end to martial law in Poland 1982

Great Britian establishes full diplomatic relations with the Vatican 1982

Pope John Paul II announces the reversal of the Catholic Church's 1633 condemnation of Galileo Galilei,

who vocalized the theory of a heliocentric solar system 1983

First visit to Lutheran church by a pope, John Paul II in Rome 1983

Miracle proposed for the canonization of James Kyushei Tomonaga, O.P. and 13 Philippine Companions occurred in Manila in the year 1983 through the intercession of the group in favour of Cecilia Alegria Policarpio, child - 2 years old, cured completely of brain's paralysis without any effective therapy. This

miracle was recognized by Pope John Paul II 1983

US establishes full diplomatic relations with the Vatican 1984

Pope John Paul II issues his Letter on The Curé of Ars 1986

Pope John Paul II meets Rome’s Chief Rabbi Elio 1986

Concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1986

Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India 1986

Donald E Pelotte, the first Native American bishop, ordained in Gallup, New Mexico 1986

Eugene Antonio Marino installed as archbishop of Atlanta, the first black Roman Catholic archbishop

in the United States 1988

Issue of a declaration of cooperation between Evangelicals and Catholics 1994

Restoration of the Sistine Chapel 1994

Pope John Paul II condemns the Mafia 1994

Proclamation of Saint Theresa of Lisieux as Doctor of the Church 1997

FOCUS - Fellowship of Catholic University Students was organized as a national outreach to secular and Catholic college campuses in the United States. 1998

Catholic and Lutheran Church declared a joint statement of faith: Salvation by Grace 1998

Pope John Paul II publishes his letter to Artists 1999

US Church is infiltrated by wicked men disguised as priests, church delays reaction then develops numerous programs to prevent further infiltration 1999

Movie “Passion of the Christ” is produced by Mel Gibson 2004

Young girl from Fond du Lac, WI is bitten by a bat with rabies while attending Mass. With many prayers

from around the world to our Lord and new medical techniques becomes the 3rd person in the world to

survive rabies 2004

Vatican museum exhibit comes to Milwaukee, WI, attendance is so great, stays an extra month 2006

St. Jerome’s Catholic Church receives blessing from the Pope on celebration of 150th anniversary 2006


And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,”Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

- St. Luke 2:34-35

In early December, 1996, there started to be reports of an image appearing on the windows of the Seminole Finance Company of Clearwater, Florida. The image resembles, as can be plainly seen, the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe. Word spread, and thousands of people flocked to the site to light candles, pray, and leave flowers below the 60 foot high image. More than 500,000 came to the image by mid-January. Scientists have tried to explain the phenomenon, saying it is water from the sprinklers reflecting from the sun. HOWEVER, why does the image always appear the same form, and why is the image visible long after any sprinklers have gone off? This blessed miracle has turned many people to convert, and that is the exact mission of the Blessed Virgin, in all of the places She has appeared throughout the world.

Messages from Mary continue to be received in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia Since 1981, the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, continues to appear in the simple rural village of Medjugorje in central Yugoslavia. Worldwide attention has been drawn to this village as the place where Our Blessed Virgin Mary leaves messages for the world. Her message is simple and direct. She is appearing to the seers to tell the world of the urgent need to return to prayer, conversion, faith, fasting, and devoting their lives to peace with God and their fellow man

On 31 May 1996, Bishop Hendrik Bomers of Haarlem gave his nihil obstat in approving devotion to the Lady Of All Nations, three weeks before Ida's death on 17 June 1996. The messages were released in print soon after, and are available online. The Shrine of The Lady of All Nations is located at Diepenbrockstraat 3, NL 1077 VX Amsterdam


For his workmanship we are, created in Christ Jesus in good works, which God has made

ready beforehand that we may walk in them.”

- Ephesians 2:10


1st artificial heart implanted in human – Barney Clark 1982

HIV virus that causes AIDS is identified 1983

Vaccine for hepatitis A 1992

Dolly the sheep is cloned 1996

Vaccine for lyme disease 1998

Despite lack of results the medical community continues to use embryonic stem cells. They have achieved results with adult cells which the church supports 2006


PC developed by IBM 1983

Genetic Engineering 1985

Graphic User Interface 1988

Hubble Space Telescope 1990

Windows by Microsoft made computers easier to use 1993

Internet developed and made accessible to homes across the world making the world a smaller place 1991 – current

Hybrid Cars are developed to save fuel 2000 - current

Home Life

People stay home and watch tapes on VCR’s then progress to DVD.

Video games are developed for home use.

More women working outside the home.

PC home use is widespread.

Cellphones are used worldwide even on the battlefield bringing our soldiers into our homes while at war

Green Bay Packers win the superbowl 1997


For many deceivers have gone forth into the world who do not confess Jesus as the Christ

coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

- 3 St. John 1:15

Guatemalan Civil War 1961 – 1996

Ethiopian-Eritrean Guerrilla war 1960 – 1991

Northern Ireland Civil war 1969 – 1998

Spanish Saharan War 1976 – 1991

Columbian Guerrilla War 1976 – current

Salvadoran Civil war 1977 – 1992

Invasion of Granada 1983

US Invasion of Panama 1989

Salman Rushdie publishes “The Satanic Verses” about Islamic religion 1988

Giant Tsunami hits Indonesia killing over 200,000 people 2004

Giant earthquake in Pakistan and Iran 2005

Falkland Islands/Malvinas War 1982-1983

Tiananmen Square Massacre 1989

Papua New Guineau Civil War 1988-1998

Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988

Persian Gulf War 1990-1991

Afghan Civil War 1979 – current

Mad Cow disease found to infect humans in England 1996

International Space station construction begins 1998

Berlin wall torn down 1989

Palestinian Guerrilla Raids 1960 – current

Burmese Guerrilla War 1950 – current

Philippine Guerrilla War 1969 – current

Chernobyl nuclear plant explodes in Russia 1986

Soviet Union collapses 1991

Serbia-Kosovo conflict 1997-1999

Storms and flooding from Hurricane Mitch kill over 11,000 in central America 1998

Lebanon elects terrorists to head govt then attacks Israel who retaliates starting war 2006


Martin Luther King Jr. Day established in the United States 1983

HIV is isolated as the cause of AIDS 1983, by 2001 estimated 36 million people infected, major cause of suffering

in Africa where it is found in both sexes causing many children to be orphaned when both parents die.

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 1986

Human Genome Project is launched 1990

American with Disabilities Act is passed in US 1990

Hurricane Andrew hits Bahamas, Florida and Louisiana causing about $ 22 billion in damage 1992

World Trade Center is attacked with a truck bomb 1993

Movie “Schindler’s List” is released 1993

Oklahoma City bombing of federal office building by American terrorist 1995

Bombs are found at Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA 1996

Impeachment trial of Pres. Clinton for lying in office about having an affair 1997

A constellation of 72 satellites in low orbit form a telephone network for individual cell phone users 1997-1998

US launches airstrike against Iraq 1998

US Supreme Court rules students may not lead group prayers at public school football games 2000

Tornadoes and Hurricanes become especially numerous 2000 - current

Islamic hijackers attack the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Passengers on United Flight 93 take hold of the

hijacked plane and crash into a cornfield, the hijackers wanted to crash into the White House. 9/11/2001

US declares war on terrorism, invades Afghanistan and kicks out the Taliban, continues to maintain a presence and

fight insurgents. New government is installed. 2001 to current

Anthrax is mailed to several businesses and government offices in US 2001

US goes to the UN on Iraqi sanctions for Desert Storm war that are not being followed.

US invades Iraq to free the people from the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein – Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003

US starts rebuilding a free Iraq, people in Iraq are allowed to vote

Ford Motor Company does major recall of Ford Explorers after tires are found defective 2001

Spaceshuttle Columbia breaks apart upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere killing all 7 astronauts on board 2003

Major flooding in Appalachian mountains May 2004

Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma devastate LA, MS and Florida Sept. 2005

Brush fires in CA and TX burn many acres of land 2005

Disabled woman, Terry Schiavo is starved to death against the wishes of her parents 2005

USS Cole is repaired and returns to service in the Middle East 2006

St. Jerome’s Catholic Church celebrates 150 years of service to our Lord 2006