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St. Lowrence Parish

530 Tenth Ave. North
Wisconsin Rapids, MI 54495
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Founded 1904

 

 

Parish History


"Our parish's rich cultural history began in 1899, when 33 Polish families decided that their spiritual needs would be served by a parish of their own, using their mother language. On December 31, 1899, these families collected $925.00 to purchase land for their church. In 1900, they purchased an additional eight lots for $800.00.

On March 14, 1900, Articles of Incorporation were issued. Work on  church construction began in August 1903 and it was dedicated on October 15, 1904. Parish members placed the parish under Saint Lawrence's patronage, naming it after the patron saint of its oldest parishioner, Lawrence Kleppin.

In September 1904, Saint Lawrence opened its first school, staffed by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi from Milwaukee. Initial enrollment was about 100 students. In August 1910, Felician Sisters took over teaching duties, remaining at Saint Lawrence until 1971."

Source: Parish Website

Parafia św. Wawrzyńca w Grand Rapids, WI. Historya Polska w Ameryce, X. Wacław Kruszka, Milwaukee, WI, t. VIII, 1906, s. 94-97.

Polish Parishes of the Diocese of La Crosse Nineteenth & Tweentieth Centruries by Rev. Janusz Kowalski Ph. D., Stevens Point, WI 2013, p. 91-93.

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We Need Your Help with Historical Preservation

If you have any important documents or other materials related to this parish and would like to share them with us, please contact us at: info@liturgicalcenter.org

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. We ask you to check the correctness of information about this parish and let us know if it’s incorrect.
May God reward your kindness!

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