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Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Winona

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The Basilica of Saint Stanislaus Kostka is a historic church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona in Winona, Minnesota, United States, and a prominent fixture on the city's skyline. Within the diocese it is better known as Saint Stan's. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as Church of St. Stanislaus—Catholic and was designated as a Minor Basilica of the Roman Catholic Church on November 10, 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI.History of Saint Stanislaus Kostka ParishThe congregation dates back to April 2, 1871, when leaders of Winona's Kaszubian Polish community formally declared its intent to organize a parish under the patronage of St. Stanislaus Kostka. Prior to this they had been attending Mass at either the "Irish" (Saint Thomas) or the "German" (Saint Joseph) Catholic church, but they wished to worship in their own language and to be led by a Kashubian or Polish pastor. Accordingly, a small wooden sanctuary was constructed at the corner of Fourth and Carimona Streets in 1872.From its very beginning, the new Saint Stanislaus Kostka Parish served as the religious and the civic center for Winona's Kaszubian Poles. The first permanent pastor was the Reverend Joseph Juskiewicz, who was succeeded in January 1875 by the Reverend Alexander Michnowski. In 1875 the Reverend Jan Romuald Byzewski (1842–1905), a Kaszubian-born Franciscan forced to emigrate from German Poland due to the Kulturkampf, arrived and served as pastor until 1890.
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  • Beautiful church in a quiet small town on the banks of the Mississippi River. Lovely interior with gorgeous stained glass windows and a huge pipe organ loft. Exterior is difficult to photograph due to...  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous sanctuary. The stained glass and religious artwork is beautiful. Very easy to find, well worth a stop.  more »
  • Worth the stop if you're interested in local history, architecture and the Catholic church. There was even a cardboard cutout of the Pope to take pictures with!  more »