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Special anniversaries in Darlington
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
Holy Rosary Parish in Darlington will be celebrating its 150th anniversary with a Mass and dinner on Sunday, Sept. 28. The parish was founded in August of 1864. Holy Rosary School will also be celebrating its 100th anniversary at that event. The school was founded in 1915 and will turn 100 next year. (Catholic Herald photo/Joe Ptak)

DARLINGTON -- Parish members have long called it “the most striking building in Lafayette County.”

Holy Rosary Church has gone through many changes, but it has always served as a reflection of its parishioners over the past century and a half.

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the parish and school communities of Holy Rosary, Darlington, will celebrate the parish’s 150th anniversary and the school’s 100th anniversary.

There will be a Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by a roast beef dinner and party from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Humble beginnings

Holy Rosary Parish was founded August 15, 1864, with Fr. A.T. David as its first pastor. The community of Darlington, then called Center, was part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee at that time.

After five years in the original long, low-frame structured church, a construction of the present church -- built of stone -- began in 1868. It assumed the name of The Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

That same year, the first of the deceased was interned at Holy Rosary Cemetery. One noteworthy person whose remains are in the cemetery is Fr. Mathias Hannon, who became pastor in 1876 and remained in Darlington (which had been renamed from Center in 1869) for 35 years.

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Written by Mary Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

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Priests to hold annual assembly
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

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The assembly is an opportunity for prayer and fellowship among the priests of the diocese, as well as education and reflection.

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