St. Williams Catholic Church:
Pastor: Father Leroy Scheierl
Address: 209 W Soo St., PO Box 339
Phone: (218) 338-2761
Worship: Dec. - Feb. Sunday
@ 10:30 a.m.
Mar. - May Saturday @ 4:00 p.m.
Jun. - Aug. Sunday @ 8:30 a.m.
Sep. - Nov. Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.
St William's Catholic Church welcomes
you to the Parkers Prairie area!
Our church community is comprised of
approximately 413 parish members who are
mostly of German Catholic descent. St
William's church works in close
association with the St William's Living
Center (an up-to-date modern nursing
home, retirement, and mental health care
facility located just across the street)
to provide both spiritual and health
care related services for both young and
old of all religious beliefs and
The history of St William's Catholic
Church had humble Catholic beginnings,
starting out as a small hospital in 1914
staffed by Dr. Herbert Leibold who
eventually sold the hospital in 1948 to
the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls
with Fr. Hyacinth Cismowski O.S.B. as
chaplain. Soon the need for a Catholic
Church was felt and so with the help of
Dr. Liebold and Math Kraemer, the Bishop
of the St. Cloud Diocese was approached
to establish a Catholic parish here in
the Parkers Prairie area. On November 2,
1950 the parish corporation was
established with the first mass offered
on Christmas Day 1950 in the city hall.
Not long after, the building of a church
structure was begun. Construction began
in early 1951 with land an home donated
by Dr. Liebold. Other funds were raised
by local people. The new church
structure was officially dedicated by
Bishop Bartholome on June 25, 1952 with
Father Joseph Vogrin as founding pastor.
The history of Pastors include: Fr.
Hyacinth Cismowski (1950-51), Fr. Joseph
Vogrin (1951-87), Fr. Frank Poncelet
(1987-91), Fr. Jeff Ethan (1991-2004),
and Fr. Leroy Scheierl (2004-present).
Fifty some years, our "young" parish
community has been steadily growing, and
continues to look for new ways to serve
our local community and parish people
with the help of various volunteers and
parish organizations such as Christian
Mothers, Ladies Aid, Knights of
Columbus, Youth Group, Parish staff
members and others. We welcome all those
who would like to deepen their faith and
be a part of our Catholic Church
community as well as those who would
like to be a part of our wonderful area
in or near the City of Parkers Prairie.