Saint Michael's Catholic Church (Galena, Illinois)
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|Saint Michael's Catholic Church|
|Location||227 South Bench Street,
|Website||Saint Michael's Web site|
|Founded||August 22, 1832|
|Founder(s)||Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli|
|Bishop(s)||David John Malloy|
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.