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Albert Lea Centennial Tribune (Newspaper) - June 7, 1957, Albert Lea, Minnesota Corner of main and Newton a this building was theoc Treser ing showed erected in 1877 for the congregation of St. Theodore s Catholic Church Albert Lea. It stood on the present Loca signs of collapse due to the sinking of the foundation. The following year a new Church was built on the present site. Beginnings Are obscure a itinerant priests ministered to needs of Pioneer roman catholics of Region the Early history of catholicity i the first evidence of regular vols in the Vicinity of Albert Lea is nations is from the resident Pas obscure. Spiritual needs were at tor of Wisner s Grove in the i tended to for Many years by Var Finity of the present Easton. The ious itinerant priests from Distant pastor there Rev. Theodore \ Enn parts of the state particular r i y seems to have made regular Calls Winona Faribault Austin and Here in the late sixties and the Owatonna i Early seventies. In the fall of 1877 he sufficient organization to warrant the erection of a substantial Brick Church which stood on the site of the Majesic hotel at the Corner of main St. And Newton ave. This edifice the Church of Saint Theodore i Albert Lea Tribune j 2friday june 7, 1957 in 1882. Resident pastor arrives father Fleming was appointed pastor of Saint Michael s Church at Stillwater in july 1887, and the Parish was temporarily supplied by father p. R. Heffron of St. Paul afterwards Bishop of Winon until sept. 24, 1887 when Rev. James e. Donovan assistant pastor of immaculate Conception Church Faribault arrived As resident pastor of St. Theodore Salbert Lea with missions at twin lakes Bath and Alden. In 1891 the Church at Newton ave. Showed signs of collapse due to the sinking of the foundation. On March 29, 1891, at a Parish meeting it was decided to build a new Church on a different location. On april 30, 1892 work was begun on the erection of the new Church at e. Clark St. Mass was celebrated there for the first time nov. 20, 1892, and it was solemnly dedicated by most reverend Joseph b. Cotter d. D., Bishop of Winona on May 9, 1893. In december 1895, Bath was made a resident pastorate with Rev. E. M. Devlin its first pastor. The first unit of St. Theodore a school was built and opened in 1911 and in april 1923, the North addition was begun. In 1923 the Church was enlarged and remodeler to add considerably to its appearance and seating capacity. Father Donovan served the Parish for almost 46 years until aug. I 1933. When due to the infirmities of old age he resigned his charge. He lived in the private Home at 317 e. Clark St., which he personally purchased until May 2, 1936, when he died at age 82. Repair property Rev. John m. Kiely took up the reins on aug. 17, 1933, and remained As pastor until his Transfer to St. Bernard a Parish Stewartville in january 1952. During his pastorate msgr. Kiely made extensive repairs to the Parish property and both by encouragement and example he succeeded in giving the Parish a sound spiritual character. He introduced the weekly devotions in Honor of our Mother of perpetual help which continues to this Day and in addition established the holy name Socie-1877, by archbishop Ireland of St. I to for the spiritual betterment of Paul assisted by the revs. P. He men of the Parish. It was Dur ionian and Theodore Venn. The in g the second year of msgr. Kie Sermon on the occasion was by administration that St. Theo preached by archbishop Ireland Dore a High school was closed so in 1878 father Venn took up Hie As a better commodare a a residence at Blue Earth and its creasing enrolment to the Elemen first resident pastor in the person Tay oracles. Of Rev. P. S. Dagnault was a in december of 1951 msgr. Kie. By because of failing health be found j pointed to Albert Lea and its mis Titio Ned Bishop Binz to be relieved of the diocese of Winona since june 9, 1947, was appointed to succeed msgr. Kiely As pastor of St. Theodores. He arrived in Albert Lea to assume his new duties on feb. 22, 1952. During msgr. Manganis administration the Parish has grown in numbers and in stature. In the Spring of 1953, property in the amount of 4.9 acres was purchased at Hawthorne and Garfield As a site for a new school and ultimately a new Parish. In the following August a fund raising Campaign was launched with a goal of $200,-000 towards the construction of the new school which had been planned by pass and Rocky architects of Mankato. The fund raising Campaign exceeded the expectation n s of All in that pledges in the amount of $255,000 were received. Ground broken contracts for building were let totalling $287,000 and ground for the new building was broken in september 1953. One year later the new school opened its doors to grades 6, 7, 8, and 9. This school was named St. Mary a both because it was begun during the Marian year and also because it was Felt that in years to come it would be the first unit of a new Parish distinct from St. Theodore a. Since the opening of St. Mary a school there has been a marked increase in the. Enrolment in our Parish schools which has grown from 262 in 1951 to 460 in 1957. The addition of a ninth Grade has Bern responsible in some measure for this increase. The growth in school population brought with it a growth in faculty numbers. To meet this it was necessary to enlarge St. Theodore a Convent very substantially. This new addition to the Convent was built by Thomas Duffy. St. Theodore a Parish has grown in numbers approximately 45 per cent Between 1946 and 1956. This growth has necessitated the addition of a fourth mass on sundays and also an extra assistant bringing the total staff of priests to three. Baptists Here organized Calvary Church in feb. 1874 a i priests from Distant parts of the state served the spiritual needs of the people before a formal organization was effected. They came from Winona Faribault Austin and Owatonna. The first resident pastor of St. Theodore a Catholic Church was the Rev. P. S. Dagnault. I his picture was loaned to the Tribune by l. W. by mrs. Lyle r. Westrum from its beginning the City of Albert Lea had had a Large percentage of scandinavian people. Among these Are a Large number of scandinavian baptists. The work of the scandi Nav i a n baptists in this Community dates Back to 1872. At that time the Rev. Adolph Carlsen who had been pastor of the Church in Clarks Grove began to hold meetings in and around Albert Lea. S. C. Jansen who was a Baptist from Denmark had before this organized a sunday school on the South Edge of the City. Some of the danish and swedish baptists of the City at this time belonged to the first Baptist Church. After some time these Syndina Vian friends anxious to do something definite for the Salvat i o n of their Brethren expressed the wish to be organized into a Baptist Church. A Council was called consisting of representatives of the first Baptist Church of the City and the Clarks Grove Church. After the matter was thoroughly discussed the councilmen decided to recommend the organization of a Church the motion was carried and there in the Home of or. And mrs. S. C. Jansen on feb. 14, 1874, the scandinavian Union Baptist Church was organized. The charter members were mrs. Lars Anstrom or. And mrs. Carl Carlsen or. And mrs. S. C. Jansen Jens c. Lee or. And mrs. J. J. Madsen Mary Madsen and Soren c. Peterson none of whom Are now living. Pastor stayed five years the Day after the Church was organized the Rev. Adolph Carlsen was called to be the pastor and he remained for about five years. At the time of his resignation the Church had grown to 66 members. During the next six years there was no regular pastor but apart from the Parish building Tje Church was served by several program perhaps the most out Brethren of the Church the Rev. Carl Carlsen Peter Daniels e. C. Standing single event of the past five years was the diocesan holy name rally which was held under the auspices of St. Theodore a holy name society at the free or the Church was organized the meetings were held in Homes rented Halls and the schoolhouse but the Church realized that if it presence was to be Felt it should have a permanent place of worship. It was decided to build a Church which was dedicated in june 1876, on the present site now 50i w. College. In 1888 it was found that t h a building was too Small and an addition was built. Another addition was added in 1909. In 1925 the old Church building was torn Down and a new edifice was built in which we Are now worshipping. This building was dedicated March 21, 1926. The Rev. I. Fredmund was pastor at this time. During the pastorate of the Rev. V. Andreasen the Church p u a chased its first parsonage. The present parsonage is located at 615 Oak Lane. The Church was first organized As the scandinavian Union Baptist Church later changed to the first danish norwegian Baptist Church and finally in 1926, to the Calvary Baptist Church. The growth in Church in e a be ship has been fairly steady. At the present time the membership totals 425. There Are Sev e r a i members who have been member of the Calvary Baptist Church for 50 years or More. They Are a. E. Carlsen mrs. Henry Oudekirk mrs. Alice Harvey Hannah Hansen mrs. Thomas Dahl mrs. Hana p. Jensen Alfred Petersen mrs. Gena Johnson mrs. Alfred Madsen mrs. J. P. Nelsen mrs. Waiter Andersen Thomas Dahl a Jarl Carlsen Charles Christensen. Harper Christensen and mrs. Irv i n Melback. Calvary Baptist Church celebrated its 80th anniversary feb. 14 and 15, 1954. First baptism the first child to be baptized in the first presbyterian Church a Helen Ruble. Date is Given is aug. 22, 1869. She later served a Titio Ned Bishop Binz to be relieved Sions. Of the responsibility of being Pas father Regnault was succeeded tor of St. Theodore a. His request by Rev. James Fleming in t h e was granted and in january of 1952 m. On pm a Cru he was appointed As pastor of St. Closing Days of 1881. The rectory Bernard a Church at Stewartville which sur stands on it original j the it. Rev. Msgr. Bernard p. A j i it a i i i cos Multi i 7mo tax 3 a a v born county Fairgrounds on Sun-1 Adolph Carlsen 1874 to 1879 r. Day sept. La 1955. On this of Christophersen 1885 to 1891 n. L. Casion men from the various holy. Christiansen. 1891 to 1895 h. A. Name society units throughout the Reichenbach. 1894 to 1900 o. H diocese of Winona journeyed to Al-1 Skotheim 1900 to 1905 n. H. By i a t to. Del. I Olson a. Brandt and its former an army nurse in Cuba Porto pastor Rev. Carlsen. I Rico and the Philippines. H a r since 1874 the Church has had service was during the Hpamsn-17 regular pastors. They were american Var. Stresses How to new York of a or. Norma Vincent Peale author and pastor diocese of Winona journeyed to Skotheim 1900 to 1905 to. To. By a a Tju role collegiate Church Bert Lea to participate in the rat Erst 1905 to 19o8. August Broholm. A j has by it it it no to stress by for peace which was addressed 1908 t0 1917 v. Andreasen 1917 a religion by Bishop Fitzgerald of Winona l0 1920. A. P. Nielsen 1920 a Ltd a a. The it or Obj Quot and Bishop Mulloy of Covington 1923 mgt c. Carstensen 1923 to As Mlach As he by. The attendance at this Occa 34 1. Fredmund 1924 to 1929 lives a to those Earnest critics who choose to concentrate More exclusion was estimated to be 10,000. J a. Jensen seven months until on that same Day sept. La the june i 1930 n. C. Gramp 1930 a a hot a theological Specula first a red mass in the history of to 1935 l. E. Petersen. N the judgment of god or the diocese of Winona was held at 1938 w g. Holmerg 1939 to 1944, o. J St. Theodore s Church Moat of the it. K. Thompson. 1944 to 1946 the Meaut to Man i j Catholic lawyers of the diocese v. Meta a. 1947 to in i a a a a a of Winona were present for this the Rev. A. J. Deneui. T h 0 nucleation of his new Book. Mass. The Sermon was delivered present pastor Carne in 1950. On hic pub. Is i Mumm Mew _ resent pastor car a 4 of. A a your life a a was dedicated on sept. 9 j site was built by father Fleming i Mangan who had been Chancellor 1 by Bishop Fitzgerald. I during the first two years aft a Tay Ive Trinity lutheran Church Pearl Street and Washington Avenue Fred Jacobsen and Alfred v. Andersen pastors .4 Rev. E. G. Gad pastor Concordia lutheran Church americ an lutheran Church Pickerel Lake township the history of Concordia lutheran Church goes Back to the year 1h66 when a travelling missionary. Rev. M. Reek. Gathered together a group of lutheran inure Grants who had settled in Pickerel Lake township. Pastor Heck conducted the first service april i 1866 in the Home of c. Schneider. During those Early year the members continued to have services in their Home until 1876 when the first Church was built. With the growth of the congregation a new Church became necessary. In 1891 the second Church was built which continued to be the place of worship for Concordia congregation until j950 when the present Beautiful cd Hee was erected. Eleven pastors have served Concordia during its 91 years of h f Pfeiffer served 44 of these years from 1892 to 1936 when pastor h. He Doh Meier assumed the pastorate and served 17 years until 1953. The present pastor e. G. Acde assumed charge in october of 1953. Three of Concordia a sons have entered the Christian ministry they Are Rev. Eugene Pfeiffer of Baroda Michigan. Rev. Arthur Heine of Woodbine Kansas and Rev Jerome Bangert of Worthington Minn. Present membership of Concordia congregation is 522 of which 376 Art confirmed. The present officer of the congregation include c. A Pestor Oua president Henry Krueger vice president Melvin Syverson Secretary Arthur Pestorious treasurer Duane Steele financial Secretary hours of worship every sunday 10 00 am a sunday school 11 00 a m worship service sunday services worship 8-30 and 1030 a my sunday school. A. Luther league a 7 30 p our Only aim a to save souls our Only Means the gospel of Christ

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