A priest friend and I are headed to SW Wisconsin to visit churches built by the Dominican missionary Ven Samuel Mazzucchelli.
We will aim at Dubuque to see the Cathedral. The founder, Bp Loras was a friend of St John Vianney.
Meanwhile it is a picture perfect summer day.
We stopped in Darlington (really charming Darlington). There was an amazing county seat building and civil war monument.
On to Schullsburg to see a parish founded by Ven. SM.
Ven. SM named the streets in the town around the parish, which is at the corner of Truth and Judgment.
Then on to New Diggings. This area had lead mines. This little church, St. Augustine’s, was built by the Venerable.
It remains today as it was in his day.
On to Benton to see the grave of the Venerable.
Then it was on to Dubuque where we saw the cathedral. It was hard to get into. We eventually found a sign directing us to the rectory, where we were met with indifference but, nevertheless, led to the church. No males in sight, btw. No lights were turned on for us and we were told to find our way out. Thus, we didn’t get a chance to visit the crypt.
It was then on to Sinsinawa Mound to see some of the items that belonged to Ven. Samuel, the founder of this group of Dominicans. This is a super liberal group.
This was in the parking lot next to our car.
The inside of their chapel. Look at the vast number of places in the choir stalls. This was built, if I recall, in 1964.
You should be able to click the image, below, for a large version.
On our way to see an exhibit about the Venerable, we saw this helpful sign, which must have been intended for use during some sort of retreat.
Here is the painting whence the image of the Venerable is copied.
A copy of a wilderness altar.
Actually, the exhibit on Fr. Mazzuchelli was pretty interesting. There were also displays about St. Clare Women’s College.
In their bookstore.
The gift store was … eclectic.
Then is was on to Fennimore to see the marvelously restored parish church, which is entrusted to the priests of the Society of Jesus the Priest.
Then it was back to Madison.
The temperature was about 80F and we had puffy white clouds and a breeze. Perfect for a drive.