Ss. Cyril and Methodius church, Eaton sold
Town hall to replace building
By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor
The church building for the former Ss. Cyril and Methodius
Parish in Eaton has been sold and was scheduled to be demolished
this week to make room for a new community complex for the Town of
Poland in eastern Brown County. The town will build a town hall, a
fire station and a community center on the site.
In 1999, the parish joined Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish in
Humboldt to become part of the new St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
under the process of parish mergers and linkages to adapt to a
diminishing number of priests in the Green Bay Diocese.
The parish still owns the rectory and the school building on the
site. The rectory is leased and the school houses the parish's
religious education program, three days a week, as well being
leased to the Denmark Charter School.
Fr. Dean Dombrowski, pastor of St. Thomas, noted that most of
the furnishings from the old church are already used in other
The stained glass windows have been installed in Corpus Christi
Parish in Sturgeon Bay;
The statue of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in at The Chapel shrine in
The tabernacle and Risen Lord statue are in the new St. Thomas
The Stations of the Cross have also been sold to the
According to Kevin Brunner, diocesan director of properties, the
Stations will be refurnished and lacquered for outdoor use.
Protective displays are being built and they will be used for
outdoor Stations processions and private meditations.
Additionally, Fr. Dombrowski said, one of the bells and bricks
from the church steeple will be used in a new memorial in the
parish cemetery. As part of the agreement, the town will furnish
water to the cemetery and improve the access to the school. The
church was built and dedicated in 1899.
The priest noted that a key feature to this sometimes emotional
saga is that the site "will still be used by the same community and
gathering the same people that has gathered there for over 100
Under the $17,000 sale, the town has agreed to assume the cost
of demolition, as well as the improvements to the site. Eaton is a
community of about 1,300 people on State Highway 29.