Saint Michael's Catholic Church (Galena, Illinois)

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Saint Michael's Catholic Church
Coordinates: 42°24′55.1″N 90°25′49.2″W / 42.415306°N 90.430333°W / 42.415306; -90.430333
Location 227 South Bench Street,
Galena, Illinois
Country  United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Saint Michael's Web site
Founded August 22, 1832 (August 22, 1832)
Founder(s) Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli
Status Parish church
Style Romanesque Revival
Length 135 feet
Width 60 feet
Height 35 feet
Archdiocese Chicago
Diocese Rockford
Archbishop Francis George
Bishop(s) David John Malloy

Saint Michael's Church is a parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford. The church is located in Galena, Illinois, United States, at 227 South Bench Street in Galena.

The parish is named after the Archangel Michael, and is seated on a hill overlooking downtown Galena.


The parish traces its history back to August 22, 1832, when it was founded by the pioneer priest Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli. Father Mazzuchelli served as pastor of the parish from 1835 to 1843, and during this time directed the building of a church. This parish served until it was destroyed by a fire which had consumed a good portion of downtown Galena.

Father Mazzuchelli began working with St. Michael's parish to build a new building to replace the one lost in the fire. This new building had a truss formation to hold the weight of the roof, which helped eliminate the need for pillars within the church. This building still stands today, and continues to serve as a place of worship.

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