In 1856, Catholic German immigrants built a small log cabin church, near the Crow River, about three miles east of our present location. In those early pioneer years, St. Michael’s and other churches in the northern and central areas of Minnesota, received the services of the Benedictine priests from St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville. St. Michael’s had this help for about fifteen years.
In 1866, a new church was built in the heart of the present St. Michael’s town, on the northeast corner of the main intersection in town. This white, wooden structure provided space for worshipers of St. Michael for about twenty-five years. It did undergo serious fire, but was repaired.
In 1890, at the strong encouragement of the new pastor, Rev. Rudolph Duesterman, the present gothic church was built. At the time, it was the largest church in Wright County and has been the focus of a long history of sacred events. St. Michael’s also has the praiseworthy reputation of producing a great number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
St. Michael was a parish of German immigrants and retained that character for many years. However, since 1985, the number of families has essentially doubled. As a consequence, the parish can no longer be characterized as an ethnic parish.
In order to accomodate the growing community, a new church was built in 2004.
St. Paul wrote in Ephesians: 2:30: “YOU ARE PART OF A BUILDING THAT HAS APOSTLES AND PROPHETS FOR IT’S CORNERSTONE…A HOUSE WHERE GOD LIVES IN THE SPIRIT.” More important than any building, the people are the “church” of St. Michael. With their involvement and with the offering of gifts, time and talent, the “body of Christ” in our area can and will continue to grow and flourish.