History

Our two Catholic Churches are located in Northern Polk County.  St. Mary Church is located in the town of Elkhart, Iowa, and Holy Cross Church is located East of Elkhart near Farrar, Iowa.  Our membership consists of a diverse group drawing from many communities in the area - Alleman, Altoona, Ankeny, Baxter, Bondurant, Cambridge, Colfax, Collins, Des Moines, Elkhart, Harvester, Huxley, Johnston, Maxwell, Mingo, Mitchellville, Nevada, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Prairie City, Sheldahl, Slater, and Windsor Heights. 

Priests serving as Pastor of St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish:

•              2008   Father Dan Krettek

•              2007   Father Robert Harris

•              1998   Father Michael Amadeo, also worked at the Diocese

•              1997    Father Dan Kirby

•              1990    Father John Acrea, also worked at the Diocese

•              1987    Father Philip Kruse, also worked at the Diocese

•              1984    Monsignor Joseph Schulte

•              1982    Father Dennis Trausch

•              1980    Father Joseph Devlin

•              1973    Monsignor John J. Gorman

•              1972    Father John E. Cunningham

•              1969    Father Michael J. Flood

•              1967    Father Richard Bergman

•              1960    Monsignor John Mcllhon was Pastor while holding other positions in the Diocese

•              1959    Father Joseph P. Ryan, Pastor after teaching at Dowling High School

•              1955    Monsignor Raymond Conley, was Pastor while remaining editor of the Messenger

•              1924    Father G. C. Jermaine, who was Pastor until 1955 when he died.

•              1917    Father F. J. Larkin, who was Pastor until 1924 when he established St. Joseph Parish in Des Moines.

•              1915    Father James Manning


Priests who served the territory in NE Polk County:

•              1893    Father Thomas Sheehy, Pastor of Valeria

•              1882    Father James Quinn, who rebuilt the Valeria Church

•              1881    Father John J. McAleese, Newton

•              1880    Father Patrick Feely, Newton

•              1876    Father J. Fogarty of Sacred Heart, Newton

•              1860    Father F. Brazil, St. Ambrose, Des Moines