- St. Francis Seminary (Wisconsin)
name =Henni Hall
caption = Henni Hall
location = 3257 S. Lake Dr.
St. Francis, Wisconsin
architect = Victor Schulte
July 24, 1974
refnum = 74000103
St. Francis Seminary is a seminary for the
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, located in the Milwaukee suburb of St. Francis, Wisconsin. Its main building, called Henni Hall, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The seminary was dedicated to
Francis de Sales, seventeenth-century Bishopand saint of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Seminary was founded in 1845 in the home of Archbishop
John Henni, two years after the Archdiocese was established in Milwaukee. It is one of the original Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States, and the oldest in continuous existence.
Henni Hall was dedicated on
January 29, 1856after a new location was chosen for the seminary along the south shore of Lake Township. This building was expanded in 1868 and later renovated in 1989. Christ King Chapel within Henni Hall was consecrated in June 1861 by Archbishop Henni. Archbishop Michael Heiss, who served as rector, is buried beneath the chapel. [ [http://www.sfs.edu/history.html Saint Francis Seminary - Our History ] ]
Over the past 160 years St. Francis Seminary has graduated over 4,000 priests, and over 400 deacons and lay ministers. The institution is accredited by the
Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada(ATS) and offers a broad range of programs, from masters degree level formation to certificates in lay ministry.
Church land accounts for a significant portion of the City of St. Francis. On the grounds of St. Francis Seminary is a large undeveloped area known as the "Seminary Woods". It is open to the public and hosts a small cemetery and grotto honoring
Our Lady of Lourdes, which is shared with the neighboring Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. Archbishop Frederick Xavier Katzer is also buried here.
Forty-nine tall maple trees line the long road that leads up to St. Francis Seminary. Planted by
Austrian immigrant Siegfried Wegerbauer in the 1930s, their canopy now forms cathedral arches shading the path. [ [http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=347001 JS Online: Cathedral of maple boughs is an immigrant's legacy ] ]
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
The Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto was built by German born
Paul Dobbersteinwhile training at the seminary in 1894. During his studies he contracted double pneumonia and promised the Blessed Virgin Maryhe would build a grotto in her honor, once he recovered. This monument can be found in the St. Francis Seminary wooded area. It is free for anyone to view.
Standing a mere ten feet tall, this grotto was Dobberstein's first attempt at grotto building. He used the knowledge and skills gained during its construction to build other grottos in
Wisconsinand Iowa, including the massive Grotto of the Redemptionfound in West Bend, Iowa. It is believed to have inspired Mathias Wernerus(who also attended St. Francis Seminary) to build the Dickeyville Grottoin Dickeyville, Wisconsinin 1930 and started the grotto building movement in America.
* [http://www.sfs.edu/ Official website]
* [http://www.thinkpriest.org/ Vocational Information]
* [http://csumc.wisc.edu/newsletter/grottos.htm Grottos of the Midwest]
* [http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/wiacrev/wiacrev-idx?type=HTML&rgn=DIV1&byte=645264 Wisconsin folk art]
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