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One of the first Catholic churches established in Sheboygan County, the
history of St. George dates back to 1848. There is no picture of this
first church which tradition says was a log structure. For the first 12
years, there was no resident pastor and the church was a mission of St.
Mary Magdalene in Sheboygan. In 1860, the Rev. Carl T. Schraudenbach
built a rectory at St. George and began recording baptism and marriage
records. Under the leadership of the first resident pastor, Rev. Patrick
Sebold (1861-1989), the present church was built in 1867. There were 101
members at that time.
In 1896, largely through the efforts of George Brickner, St. Mary
Catholic Church was organized and built. The first resident pastor was
the Rev. Charles Keyser, who served until 1903. In 1920, under the Rev.
George Goesl, the church was remodeled. In 1965, ground was broken for a
new church under the guidance of the Rev. Harold Herbst. The first Mass
was said on November 8, 1966, in the basement of the new one and the
church was dedicated on April 16, 1967.
St. Rose of Lima
In the spring of 1861, the church of St. Rose of Lima was built and the
first Mass celebrated by the Rev. Schraudenbach on October 12, 1861. For
the next four years, Rev. Michael Haider celebrated Mass once a month.
In 1869, the Rev. John Mueller was appointed to St. George to serve both
churches. A succession of priests served both St. George and St. Rose
until 1899, when St. Rose became a mission of St. Mary. This lasted
until 1923, when St. Rose again became coupled with St. George. St. Rose
was permanently closed in March 2006.
Blessed Trinity Parish
Founded in 2001
The parishes of St. Mary, Help of Christians, St. George, and St. Rose
have a long and intertwined history. St. Rose was, for most of its time,
served by the pastor of St. George, but had also been served by the
pastor of St. Mary’s.
The beginning of Blessed Trinity Parish came out of the collaboration
efforts between St. Mary’s, St. John of Kohler, St. George, and St.
Rose. Dialogue on interparish ministry, the Renew program, and the
celebration of a single Eucharist for all four sites at the single
location of the high school auditorium helped to bring the reality of
eventual merger home to us all. With the advice of his priests,
Archbishop Weakland decreed the merger of St. Mary, St. Rose, and St.
George into the new parish of Blessed Trinity. St. Mary’s site is the
Blessed Trinity Parish center, while the chapels of St. Rose and St.
George are for occasional use. Fr. Eugene Neuman became Blessed
Trinity's first pastor with its creation in 2001
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