We are the Holyland Catholic Parishes, located in the northwest corner of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. In 1841, Fr. Caspar Rehrl along with pioneer families from Germany founded St. John the Baptist Parish in Johnsburg, Wisconsin. Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Marytown was established in 1849. That same year Fr. Rehrl, the "Apostle to the Holyland" built a log chapel under the patronage of St. Nicholas to serve the German immigrant farmers in nearby Mount Calvary. Renamed Holy Cross, this parish would eventually become three parishes with the establishment of St. Claudius (later St. Cloud) in St. Cloud and St. Joseph in St. Joe. The 3 communities were reunited and became St. Isidore the Farmer Parish in 2010.

Today, the Holyland Catholic Parishes of St. Isidore the Farmer, St. John the Baptist and Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary work together so that we might be a stronger and more vibrant community of faith.

The Capuchin Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Joseph have been serving the people of the Holyland since 1857. Today 3 Capuchin friars serve the people of the Holyland: Fr. Randall Knauf as pastor and Fr. Oliver Bambenek and Fr. Larry Abler who serve as sacramental ministers. Please join us as we work to become better disciples of Jesus Christ in our Holyland!


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Vision Statement:
As disciples of Jesus in the Holyland, love unites us beyond all difficulties. God will do the rest.
Mission Statement:
We are God's children in the Holyland striving to welcome one and all.
We welcome new parishoners.
Please call the Parish Offices.
920-753-3311 or