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
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biography of the Dominican missionary, includes maps, historical
documents and photos of modern Dominican ministry.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.