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St Francis of Assisi in Necedah …….. (Need info)

Our History

St. Francis of Assisi Church first functioned as a Catholic Mission Church, served by a priest from Mauston.  In 1876 a fire destroyed the Mission Church and in 1878 a new church was built and then dedicated in 1881.

St. Francis continued to operate as a mission church until 1887, when it was assigned a resident priest.  The priest of St. Francis served the district churches in New Lisbon, Camp Douglas, and Adams County.  In 1926 the church in Marion was added to his circuit.  In the years following the circuit churches were discontinued as those communities were able to operate as parishes with their own resident priests. 

In the spring of 1956, St. Francis of Assisi burned and religious services were conducted in the Necedah High School gym until the parish hall, constructed in 1947, could be converted and made ready for church services.  It served the community well but age and a growing population made it apparent that a new facility was needed.  Through the tireless efforts of Fr. James Lesczynski, who assumed his duties as pastor in 1992, and countless dedicated parish members, the dream of a new church finally came to fruition.  Ground breaking for a new church and parish center for St. Francis of Assisi Parish took place in June of 2002.

Bishop Raymond Leo Burke celebrated the Rite of Dedication of the Church on May 25, 2003

Fr. Wesley Janowski serves as the parish pastor, overseeing a congregation comprised of over 200 families.  He also serves as the pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in nearby Castle Rock Lake.


Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.” “No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.” “Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.”

– St. Francis of Assisi