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St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish

1506 Washington St.
Michigan City, IN 46360
Founded 1891



Parish History

Polish migration to Michigan City started in the 1870's and continued through the 1890's. Many Polish people, attracted to Michigan City by factory and dock jobs, settled on the south and southwest sides of the city.

The first Polish immigrants were members of the predominantly-German St. Mary's Catholic Church, but friction soon developed between the two nation­alities. The bishop gave the Poles permission to form their own parish in 1891, with the Rev. Emmanuel Wrobel as pastor. The energetic Polish immigrants, under Father Wrobel's leadership, wasted no time once they had their own church.

A parish plant was built in 1891, with a two-story combination building on the corner of Washington and Ripley streets serving as a church, school and Sister's convent.


St. Stanislaus Kostka Church History. Parish Website.

St. Stanislaus Church, Michigan City, IN. Pictorial Parish Directory 1977. CAP at Orchard Lake.

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Remember these materials, for example, parish jubilee books, celebrations of priests’ anniversaries, church and/or parish photos, pamphlets, etc., may be valuable to the next generation and may become lost forever.  Your contributions of historical materials may enrich our Polish American Liturgical Center website and archives and they will become a living memorial to your loved ones and your parish history.

We ask you to make an effort to help preserve your parish history as a memorial to all the parishioners who have contributed to making it a magnificent place of worship.  May God reward your kindness!


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