St. Patrick's Parish
604 Adams Street
Brownsville, MN  55919

Pastor:    Father Greg Havel
Parish Office:  507-482-6818
Parish Hall:     507-482-6253

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St. Patrick's  


   Church:  In 1857 Lots 7 & 8 on Block E was sold by Mr. Thompson to Bishop Criton of St. Paul.   The property was then deeded to the Parish in 1882 by Bishop Thomas L. Grace of St. Paul.
   Father Michael Prendergast, pastor of St. Thomas, Winona, MN was entrusted in 1858 with the spiritual care of the Catholics in the Brownsville settlement.

   The Sacrament of Confirmation to a class of sixty-eight adults and children on 10.22.1861 was preformed by The Most Rev. Thomas Grace, O.P., second bishop of St. Paul.

   A brick building was erected by the congregation in 1871, under the direction of Father Patrick Ryan.  The sacristy and the roof, destroyed by a fire in 1929, were repaired that year under the direction of Father Arthur Doran.  A wooden framed church first occupied by the parishioners was located on the North West corner of Benton and 8th Street and was torn down once the brick building was constructed.


Sexton of the Cemetery:

     Butch Shuda

Directions:  From Brownsville, head East on CTH 3 to just outside of city limits, take a right onto Cork Hollow Drive (gravel road), follow for approximately 4 miles, cemetery is on your left over a wooden bridge. 

St. Nicholas
   Nicholas Reiter first donated the land for purposes of a cemetery.  The Church was built in 1863 and closed its doors in 1978.   Majority of the founding members were from Luxemburg, Germany and Ireland.

   Father Zuzek took over religious duties at St. Nicholas, he also was assigned St. Peter's Church in Caledonia, MN.  
   Father Reichl served as the first resident parish priest -- appointed on 11.7.1897 by then Bishop Joseph Cotter.
   Most Rev. Msgr. Richard Speltz was the last Priest to serve St. Nicholas'.   He also served St. Patrick's Parish, Brownsville, MN.
   Burials:   Recorded burials:
       1868   -- Georgen child
       2.22.1898:  Franciscus Saefler -- 75 yrs.
           died: 2.19.1898
                burial by:  Rev. F.B. Reichl


Sexton of the Cemetery:


From Brownsville: Head West on County Highway 3/Main Street for 3.5 miles.  Turn left onto County Highway 24, follow for 4.8 miles.  Take a slight right onto County Highway 249.   Go through small town of Freeburg to the first gravel road on your right, take the right and cemetery will be on your right after a short distance.
To make a donation to either cemetery; please indicate which cemetery, whom the donation is honoring, and by whom the donation is from.  Donations can be sent to St. Patrick's Parish Office at 604 Adams Street, Brownsville, MN  55919. 
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