About St. Joseph's Oratory in Green Bay (Now St. Patrick's Oratory)

In the early 1970s, during the transition of the Catholic Church from the Traditional Latin Mass celebrated for over 1400 years to the Pauline or better known as the Novus Ordo Missae, a group of lay faithful with the expressed desire to preserve the traditional Mass, did what was necessary to locate and attend any church that continued with this tradition. Families traveled from all over Wisconsin to Peshtigo, De Pere, Milwaukee, and then Wrightstown seeking out and following priests that continued to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass, hoping to find a more peranent home. With the difficulty of maintaining a cohesive, organized group, Edward Duquaine and John White of Green Bay took the initiative to form an Association with the encouragement and support of many like-minded families to ensure that the Traditional Latin Mass would continue to be celebrated in the Green Bay area at that time and into the future.

There were many difficulties and great obstacles to overcome in finding a home for the Latin Mass community, but with financial support, numerous meetings, and the commitment of Fr. Edward Bujarski to this community, the Bishop of Green Bay, Aloysius Wycislo, graciously granted the use of Saint Joseph Chapel, located on diocesan grounds, for the daily celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. The first Association Mass was celebrated on April 1, 1976. At this point, the Association reorganized itself and took the name of the Latin Mass Association of Our Lady of Fatima. Thus, the name expressed the reason of its existence and also placed its members under the special protection of Our Lady of Fatima.

Fr. Iggy Beran, originally from Slovenia, was the first priest to offer the Traditional Mass to the community prior to the formal organization of the Latin Mass Association. He was then followed by Fr. Edward Bujarski who served the faithful for 20 years helped by Fr. Hinkfuss, Fr. Marx, and Fr. Kwasny. In 1998, Fr. Gregory Mikula was in charge of the apostolate, which by then was in the care of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Canon Andreas Hellmann, a newly ordained priest at the time, arrived in 2000 and served a large group of faithful. Canon Jean-Marie Moreau later became the rector of the Traditional Latin Mass Apostolate, having arrived in 2004 after thirteen years of work in the Institute's mission in Gabon. Canon Denis Buchholz served as rector from 2008-2009. Canon Buchholz was followed by Canon Andreas Hellmann, who returned to Green Bay and served until September 28, 2014. Canon Hellmann then served the Institute's apostolates in Bavaria, and Canon Denis Buchholz served the Oratory in Green Bay as its rector once again until the spring of 2016, when he was appointed to care pastorally for the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus in Switzerland. Canon Antoine Boucheron was appointed to continue to serve the faithful here at St. Patrick's Oratory.

In May 2005, His Excellency Bishop David Zubik elevated the status of the Green Bay apostolate from "Chapel" to "Oratory." The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priesst was thereby granted the perpetual privilege of keeping registers for all sacraments, including marriages.

In July of 2014, His Excellency Bishop David Ricken graciously provided a new location to accommodate the growing number of faithful at St. Patrick's Church on Green Bay's near west side.

In October 2014, Bishop Ricken granted an adjustment, changing the name to St. Patrick's Oratory, in recognition of the new location at St. Patrick's Church in Green Bay to be a permanent home.

The Latin Mass Apostolate in Green Bay includes the offering of daily and Sunday Mass, the administration of the Sacraments, the formation of altar servers, catechism and the preparation for the sacraments, and the reception of converts into the Catholic Church. The frequenting of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, the ever-increasing attendance at Mass, and the devotion to Our Lady show that we truly are where we belong as Catholics: In Corde Ecclesiae -- "in the Heart of the Church."

The great numbers of youth show the attractiveness of the traditional Latin Mass that is celebrated by the Institute of Christ the King. A young choir, over thirty altar boys, picnics for families, and many other activities demonstrate the importance of Catholic Tradition for the future.