Father Samuel Mazzuchelli

Father Mazzuchelli, born November 4, 1806 is known in the tristate area for establishing more than 35 parish communities, designing and building more than 24 churches, and founding the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. John Paul II declared him "Venerable", the first step to saint-hood. Fr. Mazzuchelli's life and example continue to have meaning for people today. His commitment to justices for the oppressed, education, and responsible civic participation are relevant values for our time. Fr. Mazzuchelli was the architect for St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien.