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Parish Franciscan Roots


No history of Ss. Anthony and Margaret parish would be complete without mentioning St. Francis Xavier parish founded in 1854. When the Methodist church were unable to make payments on their church, St. Francis purchased it (photo courtesy of Superior Historical Society), which later became St. Adelbert Church after the present day church was built.

In 1878 the Franciscan Fathers of the St. Louis, Mo. Province began to serve in the diocese. In the years before the foundation of the Allouez parish, its growing Belgian Catholic population was being taken care of by Father Eustace Vollmer, O.F.M., (who is pictured in the lower left hand corner of the photo above).

The pastor of St. Francis (1882-1913) would come to Allouez at least twice a month. It was a two mile walk–not always an easy journey for the portly priest. On the intervening Sundays, it was not an uncommon sight to see a procession of people from Allouez to the East End trudging through snow and mud to hear Sunday Mass at St. Francis. Although from late spring to the end of summer as white clover bloomed in wild profusion, the air was filled with a fragrance that made the walk delightful.


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