The St. Patrick
Preservation Fund is a 501.c.3 charitable organization dedicated to
protecting and preserving St. Patrickís Church, rectory and cemeteries
located at 1908 Highway 83, in the Town of Erin (Thompson), Hartford,
Patrickís Church was built in 1855 by Irish immigrants and is one of few
churches in Wisconsin built in the shape of a cross, which adds to its
historic significance. The original interior of St. Patrick Church has been
preserved for over 159 years. Beautiful statutes of St. Patrick and of the
Blessed Mother were donated in 1883 and the 1,000-lb. bell and stained glass
windows were added in 1904. The St. Patrick grounds also include two
cemeteries, Old St. Patrick Cemetery established in 1850 and an additional
cemetery site added in 1959 on St. Patrick's Lane.
The St. Patrickís
Parish was merged with St. Kilianís Parish in Hartford, Wisconsin on July 1,
1999, with a promise of special occasion Masses allowed at St. Patrickís
Church. These special occasion Masses have included weddings,
anniversaries, funerals and an Annual Mass on St. Patrickís Feast Day on
The first meeting of the St. Patrick Preservation Group was held on June 2,
1999. In March of 2000, St. Patrick Church was named to the Wisconsin Trust
for Historic Preservation's list of one of the ten most endangered historic
properties in the State of Wisconsin due to the possibility of its
destruction. On June 30, 2000, St. Patrick Preservation Fund, Inc. was
established to assist in the preservation of the history and activities of
St. Patrick Church. It has also been our goal to work with the Milwaukee
Archdiocese in whatever way possible to find an acceptable Catholic use for
St. Patrick's Church and assist in whatever way possible in the maintenance
of the church, cemeteries, rectory and grounds of St. Patrickís Church for
the benefit of past, present and future generations not only in the United
States but also in Ireland.
Monthly St. Patrick Preservation Meetings are held the second Tuesday of
each month at 7 p.m. at the Erin Town Hall, 1846 Highway 83, Town of Erin,
Wisconsin. The Rosary is prayed prior to our monthly meetings on the steps
of St. Patrickís Church at 6:40 p.m., May through September (weather
What can you do to help? First, please remember the St. Patrick Preservation
Group in your daily prayers. If you are interested in financially supporting
our cause, tax-deductible donations may be mailed to:
Patrick Preservation Fund, Inc.
c/o Mrs. Joan Coffey
1480 State Highway 83, South
Hartford, WI 53027
You can E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The St. Patrick Preservation Fund is a de facto private association of
the Christian faithful. It is civilly structured as a non-profit
organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Wisconsin. The Fund
has been ruled tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service under section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Fundís primary purpose is to promote the preservation of the Church of
Saint Patrick, Rectory and the Old (Est. 1852) and New (Est. 1959) St.
Patrick Cemeteries in Erin. An association of the Christian faithful may
exist legitimately either with or without ecclesiastical recognition. (Canon
215 of the Code of Canon Law recognizes the right of the faithful to
establish associations.) To preserve its independence, the St. Patrick
Preservation Fund has chosen not to seek formal ecclesiastical recognition.
All of the Fundís officers, directors, and members are Catholics in good
standing, but the Fund does not claim to speak in the name of the Church,
the Archdiocese, or the parish.
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