About The Church
On June 21, 1947, John P. Treacy, Coadjutor Bishop of La Crosse, issued a decree for the establishment of a new parish…Our Lady of Peace. Reverend Walter Dillenburg was appointed the first pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish.
On May 18, 1948, Fr. Dillenburg blessed and broke the ground for the Our Lady of Peace complex. The ‘temporary church’ and school construction began and the cornerstone for the church was laid on August 1. The first Mass was celebrated on February 20, 1949. Most Reverend John P. Treacy, Bishop, dedicated the new church on June 12. Bishop Fulton Sheen was present and spoke at the dedication.
The rectory and Columbus High School were added in 1951/52 and the convent in 1954. A vote was taken by the congregation to begin construction on a permanent church with groundbreaking on May 2, 1965. Bishop F.W. Freking dedicated the new church on June 12, 1966.
On January 12, 1980, Fr. Dillenburg died suddenly. He had served as pastor at Our Lady of Peace for 33 years. Reverend Francis Wavra became the new pastor in March. By this time, the parish had grown from 252 families to 1100. There was another groundbreaking for a $400,000 addition and renovation to the school on October 23, 1987. March 10, 1993 saw the passing of Fr. Wavra. Reverend James Logan was appointed new pastor on June 6, 1993. Fr. Logan retired in 2003 and Fr. Don Meuret became the new pastor.
On November 23, 1997, Our Lady of Peace celebrated its 50th Anniversary Mass with its charter members. In 2002, Columbus High School celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Fr. Meuret was reassigned in December 2011. Reverend Eric Berns was appointed as pastor in January 2012. On June 11, 2016, Our Lady of Peace Parish celebrated its 50th Anniversary in its permanent church.
- Love God.
- Love Others
- Make Disciples
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37,39
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20
Our Lady of Peace Parish is a composite of charter members from 1947 to the very newest babies baptized into the Catholic faith. Our individuals and families come with a wealth of life experiences and talents. We are from a variety of cultural backgrounds that express the open hearts of our parish. We are fortunate to have a strong and vibrant Catholic School system in Marshfield that adds to the richness of our faith through its youth.
Fr. Walter J. Dillenburg best summed up the richness of Our Lady of Peace Parish in the following words.
“God in His infinite wisdom has chosen us to carry on where others have left off-for this we are thankful. We are laboring under the glorious patronage of Our Blessed Lady-for this we are honored. Our Friends and Benefactors have been most kind and generous-for this we are sincerely grateful. Our labors and sacrifices are not only recorded in time but also in eternity-for these we hope to receive an eternal reward.”
Our Statement of Faith
A Statement of Faith is a written declaration of the church’s position on matters that pertain to the essentials of historical Christianity
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God. Therefore, our ministry emphasizes the exposition of God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation, line upon line, precept upon precept.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of Christ, in His Virgin Birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of God, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful humanity, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential, and that repentance from sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to come into a relationship with God.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; we further believe His power and gifts are available to believers today.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe it is important to uphold the scriptural practices of the early church. Therefore, we hold to the practice of water baptism and the regular taking of Communion. We do not believe that either of these practices is essential for salvation, but that they serve as a demonstration of our living faith in Christ.
Our Lady of Peace is a parish that believes in Jesus, a parish that loves God and people.
My Spirit Rejoices in God My Savior