About St. Joseph's Oratory in Green Bay
The Bishop of Green Bay graciously granted the use of Saint Joseph Chapel, located on diocesan grounds, for the celebration of the Tridentine Mass. The first association Mass was celebrated on April 1, 1976. At this point the Association reorganized itself and took the name of The Latin Mass Association of our Lady of Fatima. Thus the name expressed the reason of its existence and also placed its members under the special protection of Our Lady of Fatima.
Fr. Iggy Beran, originally from Slovenia, was the first priest to offer the Traditional Mass to the community. He was then followed by Fr. Edward Bujarski who served his faithful for 20 years, helped by Fr. Hinkes and Fr. Kwasny. In 1998, Fr. Gregory Mikula was in charge of the apostolate, which by then was in the care of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Canon Andreas Hellmann, a newly ordained priest at the time, arrived in 2000 and served a large group of faithful. Canon Jean-Marie Moreau later became the rector of the Traditional Latin Mass Apostolate, having arrived in 2004 after thirteen years of work in the Institute's mission in Gabon. Canon Denis Buchholz served as rector from 2008-2009. Canon Buchholz was followed by Canon Andreas Hellmann, who returned to Green Bay, and served until September 28, 2014. Canon Hellmann now serves the Institute's apostolates in Bavaria, and Canon Denis Buchholz currently serves the Oratory in Green Bay as its rector once again.
In May 2005, His Excellency Bishop David Zubik elevated the status of the Green Bay apostolate from "Chapel" to "Oratory." The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was thereby granted the perpetual privilege of keeping registers for all Sacraments, including marriages.
In July on 2014, His Excellency Bishop David Ricken graciously provided us with a new location at St. Patrick's Church on Green Bay's near west side.
In October 2014, Bishop Ricken granted an adjustment, changing our name to St. Patrick Oratory, in recognition that our new location at St. Patrick's Church in Green Bay is our permanent home.
The Latin Mass Apostolate in Green Bay includes the offering of daily and Sunday Mass, the administration of the Sacraments, the formation of altar servers, catechism and the preparation for the sacraments and the reception of converts into the Catholic Church. The frequenting of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, the ever-increasing attendance at Mass, and the devotion to Our Lady show that we truly are where we belong as Catholics: In Corde Ecclesiae — "in the Heart of the Church."
The great numbers of youth show the attractiveness of the traditional Latin Mass that is celebrated by the Institute of Christ the King. A young choir, over thirty altar boys, picnics for families and many other activities demonstrate the importance of Catholic Tradition for the future.