Father Caspar Rehrl / St. John the Baptist Parish

Father Caspar Rehrl / St. John the Baptist Parish (HM1KV)

Location: Malone, WI 53049 Fond Du Lac County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 52.613', W 88° 17.415'

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Father Caspar Rehrl
A priest, missionary, teacher, founder of churches and schools, and organizer of parishes, Father Rehrl was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1809. He became a mission?ary to North America, arriving in the new diocese of Milwaukee in the Wisconsin Territory in 1845. He traveled on foot through the Wisconsin wilderness to Johnsburg, a small community of German settlers established in 1841, where he was appointed the first resident pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish. Throughout his life, Father Rehrl energetically carried out his missionary work on this eastern Wisconsin frontier, organizing more than 15 parishes and schools, including Holy Name in Sheboygan, Holy Cross in Mount Calvary and St. Joseph in Fond du Lac.

As the number of Wisconsin parishes grew, Father Rehrl saw the need for dedicat?ed religious women to help with education. On August 12, 1858, he founded the Sisters of St. Agnes, an order of teaching and nursing sisters whose services spread from Wisconsin to Kansas and New York.

Father Rehrl died on September 3, 1881, and is buried in St. Agnes Sisters Cemetery in Fond du Lac.

Erected 1991 by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
HM NumberHM1KV
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number302_MARKER_N
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 396341 N 4859007
Decimal Degrees43.87688333, -88.29025000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 52.613', W 88° 17.415'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 52' 36.78" N, 88° 17' 24.90" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near N9287 Co Rd W, Malone WI 53049, US
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