St. Francis Xavier Parish
De Pere, Wisconsin



We, the people of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish in De Pere, Wisconsin, united with the Diocesan Church of Green Bay and the universal Roman Catholic Church are a Eucharistic Community committed to worship, to education, to social service and to sharing our time, talent and our treasure.


Pastoral Team

Rev. Michael Ingold
920-337-2330, ext. 207 • Email

Rev. Matthew Faucett
920-337-2330, ext. 203 • Email

Dcn. Mark Mullins
920-337-2330 • Email


DIRECTOR of FAITH FORMATION Open • 920-337-2333 • Email

COORDINATOR of FAITH FORMATION Jane Charnetski • 920-337-2333, ext. 211 • Email

FAITH FORMATION SECRETARY Pam McKeefry • 920-337-2333, ext. 212 • Email

COORDINATOR of YOUTH MINISTRY Open • 920-337-2330, ext. 213 • Email



SECRETARY Laura Keyser • 920-336-1813 • Email

OFFICE MANAGER Brant Bergeron • 920-337-2330 • Email

BOOKKEEPER Juanita Tetzlaff • 920-337-2330 • Email

ACCOUNTANT Nancy Van Elzen • 920-337-2330 • Email

MAINTENANCE Bill Petasek • 920-336-1813


On the festival of St. Francis Xavier, December 3, 1669, Fr. Claude Allouez said the first Mass and called this mission by the name St. Francis Xavier. This marked the beginning of St. Francis Xavier Parish. In 1671, Fr. Allouez and Fr. Louis Andre built a bark chapel on the east bank of the Fox River, but was burned on December 22, 1672. The priests’ successor, Fr. Albanel, and Nicolas Perrot built another chapel in 1676, which also was destroyed by fire. In 1681, another chapel was begun, but burned before completion. In 1864, William Verboort, who would later be ordained and serve as the first Pastor of St Francis Xavier, became the architect for a chapel measuring 70-by-40-feet with a galley and seating for 600 people. By 1869, the area had grown and a second parish, St. Mary’s, was formed. The Irish and English stayed at St. Francis Xavier. On December 24, 1905, Bishop Joseph J. Fox dedicated the new St. Francis Xavier Church on Lewis Street.

In 1924, the current school building was constructed; additions and renovations were also done in 1960 and 1995. In 1970, the church was refurbished, but 10 days after the dedication, a strong wind blew the steeple onto the church roof, causing extensive damage. In September 1972, Bishop Aloysius Wycislo dedicated the present church on Michigan Street. The church was renovated in 1989 and a Parish Activity Center was added in 1995, known as the Fr. Tony Dolski Parish Center. In 2006, St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary parishes were linked. In 2014, the parish’s sesquicentennial was commemorated with the rebuilding of the bell tower.

In 2020, the elementary school, middle school and parish center buildings were razed. A new parish center was built attached to the current church, and a combined pre-K through Grade 8 school site was built on S. Superior Street. Our present pastor, Rev. Michael Ingold, was appointed in July of 2020.

Currently, there are over 800 families registered at St. Francis Xavier Parish. In addition to the staff of St. Francis Xavier, a generous group of volunteers assist our community through various committees that support different aspects of parish life.