Gesu Church

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Gesu Church


The Gesu Parish traces its origin back to 1848. It was founded by Bishop Martin J. Henni who built St. Gall's Church on Second and Sycamore (Michigan). By the end of the nineteenth century, the Jesuit community was thriving in Milwaukee as it occupied multiple churches and schools across the city. The Jesuits bought the land around Twelfth and Grand (Wisconsin) after the Wisconsin State Fair relocated to West Allis. The Jesuits planned to build a massive church with the name Gesu to reunite the scattered parish.
In a grand ceremony, the cornerstone was laid on May 21, 1893, and the church was dedicated after completion on December 16, 1894. Today, the Society of Jesus sponsors six separate ministries: Marquette University; Marquette University High School; Cristo Rey High School; Nativity Jesuit Middle School; St. Patrick’s Parish and Gesu Parish. 


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"North facade of Gesu Church," Building a Campus, Marquette University Raymor Memorial Libraries. 


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H.C. Koch & Co., “Gesu Church,” Near West Side History Project, accessed June 24, 2018,