Church of St. Joseph
The church building was moved down the hill to its present location in 1950, enlarged, and made more beautiful over the years. The priest now lives next door, closer to the river. Father Albert J. Shanley served at St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier for 40 years. He passed away at the age of 93 on March 18, 2007. As of 2011, the number of parishioners and members has grown to approximately 300 thanks to the leadership of Father Daniel Bodin who left for his new assignment July 1, 2011 going to further his education in Canon Law to become a Canon Law Lawyer for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Father Frank Wampach is now pastor for both parishes.
Church of St. Francis Xavier
Father Frank Wampach
Fr. Wampach was assigned as pastor to both St. Francis Xavier and St. Joseph in July 2011.
Father Daniel Bodin
Father Albert J. Shanley M.S., 1914-2007
Fr. Shanley, the beloved pastor of St. Joseph and St. Francis parishes, passed away at Good Samaritan on March 18, 2007 at the age of 93. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday March 21, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Taylors Falls, MN. Officiating Clergy were Father Kevin McDonough, Father Joel Cycenas, and Father Brian O’Neill. Interment was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Franconia Township.