St Joseph Chapel, Milwaukee, WI
Thank you to Steve Kuhl for sending in this one.
You have to add the St. Joseph Chapel in Milwaukee as a "Places I need to visit".
I stopped in yesterday as I was driving past just to see what it looked like on the inside. I had read something about it last year and always wanted to check it out.
WOW! It looks to be a close architectural relative to the Mary of the Angels Chapel in La Crosse. See attached pictures.
4 pm Mass was taking place so I wandered the Adoration Chapel in the back (just like La Crosse) and went upstairs to look at the balconies. Next thing I know I am in the Relic Room. There was probably over a 100 relics of saints in all kinds of reliquaries on three walls of the room. And some of the relics were very large. Very impressive!
The contact for a tour is Sister Nedine Ferris email@example.com
And I was told that the expert about the relic room is Sister Mary Alma.
I never did get to see the whole chapel. I will definitely go back for a complete tour.
These nuns there also seem to be the aging, polyester pant-suit "Peace and Justice" sisters that are dying off. The one that I talked to seemed very nice but what a shame.
Maybe the Nashville Dominicans can gain a foothold in these gorgeous convents to keep them alive.
A little background:
St. Joseph’s Convent was established by the School Sisters of St. Francis, an order of nuns originally headquartered in Germany. Forced from their homeland by the repressive May Laws of 1872, which prevented them from teaching, the Schools Sisters of St. Francis established their new motherhouse at New Cassel (now Campbellsport), Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. The order remained there from 1873 to 1885 and briefly established a new motherhouse in Winona, Minnesota from 1885 to 1886. Milwaukee Archbishop Heiss approved of the order’s return to Wisconsin in 1886. Rather than their intended destination of Madison, the School Sisters of St. Francis were persuaded to build a motherhouse in the Milwaukee area. The nuns purchased a private beer garden called Greenfield Park from proprietor Joseph Knurr in October of 1886.
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