Parish History

Sacred Heart of Jesus History

1844     First settler to Bay View and St. Francis area
1855     St. Francis Seminary built from land purchased from Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi
1866      Little building on St. Thomas More High School land, then known as Pio Nono Campus, became the first parish school
1868     Kilian Flasch appointed first pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish
1871     Plans formulated for Sacred Heart’s first church with 65 families registered as parishioners prior to this parishioners
             attended Mass at St. Francis Seminary
1872     First church construction completed
1873     New school building construction completed in less than one year
1876     First burial in location of present-day cemetery
1885     New church was built with a membership of 125 families
1888     New school constructed to include two classrooms and living quarters above for the sisters
1888     Deceased parishioners reinterred in parish cemetery from one on Seminary grounds
1904     Fr. Philip Klein begins serving as pastor of Sacred Heart which was to last 52 years
1930s   Additional classrooms added to parish school
1958     Plans begun for new church, school and rectory
1961     Cornerstone dedicated for new building
1994     Alexandra Guiliano becomes first lay administrator of parish
2001     Fr. Bob Surges becomes pastor of Sacred Heart
2010     Portions of parish property sold to create senior apartments and remodeled worship space
2010-     Weekend Masses celebrated at Clare Hall while construction begins
2011      Fr Bob retires as pastor of Sacred Heart.  Happy Retirement Fr.!!!!
2011      In December Sacred Heart Senior Apartments welcomes its first residents
2012      In January Fr Jan Kieliszewski becomes pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Nativity of the Lord Parishes
2012      March 25 Dedication of the renovated Sacred Heart of Jesus Church by Archbishop Listecki.  We are finally home!!
2015      Renovation of Parish House complete with a March move-in date 
2015      Deacon Al Foeckler appointed parish director
2016     Deacon Al completes his duties at Sacred Heart.  Fr Arul Ponnaiyan from Holy Apostles Parish in New Berlin begins serving as
             parish administrator for Sacred Heart and St Paul Parishes.