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Marysburg Assumption Church

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Hidden : 08/01/2010
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Marysburg Assumption Church

Listed as one of the sites for the Canadian Institute of Stained Glass, visit site at: (visit link)

The first services, in Marysburg were held on Sunday, July 19, 1903, when Prior Alfred Mayer, O.S.B., first superior of the Benedictine monks, had the first holy mass in the dining room of Mr. Lawrence Lindberg's house. A small log church was completed by Christmas, 1903, but within a year this structure was made larger as many settlers came to what was then called Dead Moose Lake (renamed Marysburg in 1924). The blessing of the church took place on August 24, 1905, and the parish was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin under the title of her Assumption. Again this settlement outgrew their church so on April 1, 1906, construction of a new and larger church began. On October 22, 1906 a new 400 lb. bell arrived, a donation from a generous member of the parish. This bell which was named "Maria Immaculata", called the faithful of Marysburg to the House of God, and was rung morning, noon and evening by Mr. F. X. Strueby. In 1919 a new sanctuary and sacristy were being added to this same church when a tornado struck and demolished the entire structure. Fr. Casimir Cismowski, who was the parish priest at the time, gave an eye witness report of this event.

Once again Fr. Casimir and parishioners made plans to erect a new church, one that would withstand all nature had to offer. By February, 1921, the beautiful church, which had more the appearance of a cathedral than a country church, was completed with the exception of the two front towers. These would be finished by the following summer and would house the bell which had weathered the 1919 tornado. The blessing of the beautiful Assumption Church took place on August 15, 1921, the Feast of the Assumption and the patronal feast of the parish. Celebrant for this occasion was Abbot Michael Ott. The dimensions of the church are as follows: 112' x 56'; height from floor to ceiling - 36'; height of towers including the cross - 71 feet; with seating capacity of 500. The altars were furnished by Messrs. Frank Berker and Jacob Schmitz of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The beautiful statue of the Assumption, donated by a good lady of the parish in 1907, now adorned the new altar. This same statue had been safely stored away before the storm of 1919. All of the windows were of stained glass. A firm at Redcliffe, Alberta furnished the exterior variegated brick, with the interior brick being supplied by the Bruno Interlocking Tile Co. The cost of the construction of the church exceeded $30,000, with the interior furnishings and beautiful statues adding to the overall cost. The debt of $26,400 increased in size over the depression years however, by Christmas of 1945, Fr. John Hable was able to announce the church debt-free.

Fr. John Hable did much to further beautify the church. St. Conrad of Parzham, a carved wood statue by an artist in Italy, was purchased in 1935. Also a purchase of 32 Berthold Imhoff paintings was made in 1948.

Currently the church is undergoing major renovations so that everyone may enjoy its beauty for many generations to come.

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