The names have carried on for probably as long as the distinguished structure itself.continue at GBPG
"St Patricks" is scrawled across the bricks above the arched doorways at the front. In the back sits a sign that reads "St. Patricks," and just a little way down heavily traveled Ashland Avenue at the top of a message board with a four-leaf clover are the words "Saint Patrick's."
As for many of the parishioners, they simply call it "St. Pat's."
"Just habit, I think. It's easier," said Mickey Reed, a longtime member of one of Green Bay's oldest churches that goes by so many monikers.
What can't be altered or shortened to suit one's preferences is a rarely rivaled history. St. Patrick Parish — that would be its correct name — is 150 years old.