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February 2, 2001 Issue
Local News

Book published on venerable priest

Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli founded state's oldest parish in Green Bay

By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor

A pictorial book has been published on the life of Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, the Dominican priest who helped found the oldest continuously operating parish in the state of Wisconsin.

The book, Always on Call, is published by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters.

The Sinsinawa Dominicans were founded by Fr. Mazzuchelli in 1847 in southwestern Wisconsin along the Mississippi River.

Fr. Mazzuchelli died in 1864 and Pope John Paul declared him to be venerable in 1993.

Fr. Mazzuchelli began his mission work in the Upper Midwest when he was assigned to St. Anne Parish on Mackinac Island in 1830.

His mission area, encompassed more than 52,000 square miles and included what was later to become the Green Bay Diocese.

In 1831, Fr. Mazzuchelli, traveling with Bp. Edward Fenwick of Cincinnati, conducted a mission for the Native Americans and French-Canadian traders living near Green Bay.

Bp. Fenwick then selected the land for what was to become St. John Parish. Fr. Mazzuchelli founded the parish in 1831.

St. John Parish was later turned over to the Redemptorist Fathers of Detroit and then Fr. Florimund Bonduel.

St. John is one of some 40 parishes founded by Fr. Mazzuchelli.

Fr. Mazzuchelli also supervised the mission school for the Menominees that started at Green Bay and was later transferred to Lake Poygan in 1844 by Fr. Bonduel. Rosalie Dousman ran the school under the direction of both missionary priests.

The full-color book, a preliminary publication to a full biography of the Dominican missionary, includes maps, historical documents and photos of modern Dominican ministry.

For more information on Always on Call: Samuel Mazzuchelli of the Order of Preachers, contact Sr. Christiane Althaus, OP, Mazzuchelli Guild, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI 54824-9700. Cost is $12, plus $2 S/H.

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