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St. Joseph Chapel

2020 Doors Open Information coming in August. Information featured here is from the 2019 program

Tour a historic worship space highlighting music and art.

1501 S Layton Blvd

Saturday Hours
10 am - 4 pm

Sunday Hours
Not Open

Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted

Handicapped Accessible
Fully wheelchair accessible

Passport Site

Take a self-guided tour of this 1917 Italian Romanesque Revival chapel featuring 115 stained glass windows, hundreds of relics, and a one-of-a-kind, hand-carved set of Stations of the Cross. Renowned Milwaukee architects Peter Brust and Richard Philipp created this Italian Romanesque Revival marvel at the direction of Mother Alfons Schmidt, the community’s cofoundress. The Chapel’s construction began in 1913 and it was consecrated in 1917. It is 200 feet long and its dome rises 70 feet above the sanctuary.

Before Doors Open on Saturday, September 28, at 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. attend “From Germany with Love:  The Historical and Enduring Impact of German Catholics in Milwaukee and Beyond” History Lecture

The guest speaker will be Stephani Richards-Wilson, PhD, EdD, a German language professor and historian, as well as the director of graduate business programs at Alverno College. Dr. Richards-Wilson has presented on German history on numerous occasions throughout the city. She does extensive research and keeps her audience well entertained and informed with her vast treasury of facts and anecdotes. She recognizes that historically Milwaukee is the cultural center of “all things German,” hosting the largest Germanfest in the country and boasting dozens of thriving German culture clubs.

“For the September 28 gathering, I will discuss the overall impact of German Catholics on customs and traditions, food, institutions, and churches,” Dr. Richards-Wilson said. “I will highlight people, places, and products that contributed to the Catholic influence and legacy of the city. These influencers include the School Sisters of St. Francis; Mother Caroline Friess, SSND; Blessed Mother Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, SSND; Bishop John Henni; and Archbishop Sebastian Messmer, among others. I’ll also discuss the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement, Old St. Mary’s Church, Holy Hill, ‘The Holyland,’ and German Catholics in Dane County.”

The fee for the lecture is just $5. Write checks to:  School Sisters of St. Francis Outreach Events, c/o Donna O’Loughlin; 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215. Contact:  [email protected] or 414-385-5272. Ample free parking is available at 29th St. and Orchard St., behind St. Joseph Center.