Our Parish Roots
In August 1883, Monsignors Jacek “Hyacinth” Gulski founded Milwaukee’s third Polish Catholic Church St. Hyacinth. He oversaw construction of the school, which was consecrated on Easter 1884, the rectory in 1886, and parish hall in 1892. The St. Hyacinth complex is architecturally significant as a series of buildings constructed from 1883 to 1919 utilizing a common set of design features and materials. The church, rectory, school, hall, and power plant are built of Milwaukee’s cream city brick, on limestone foundations with sandstone trims, inspired by the Italian Renaissance Neo-Classical style with some Gothic forms. The church bears a Polish-style copper gothic spire and is a prime example of a Polish ethnic church. Its interior is decorated with many Slavic saints in addition to more typical ecclesiastical iconography. St. Hyacinth remained a strong Polish-American Catholic institution into the 1990s. Today, a new generation of Catholics, specifically from Latin-American countries, compose our vibrant parish as we strive to maintain the historic legacy passed down by previous generations.
Through much prayer, planning and conversation, we have identified our greatest needs and initiatives to strengthen our mission and vision for years to come. Our share of the funds raised will be used to begin structural repairs on the church along with reducing our dept from the new roof.