Church of St. Joseph-Catholic (Browerville, Minnesota)
Church of St. Joseph--Catholic
The Church of St. Joseph from the southeast
|Location||Main St. between 7th and 8th Sts., Browerville, Minnesota|
|Coordinates||46°5′12″N 94°52′4″W / 46.08667°N 94.86778°WCoordinates: 46°5′12″N 94°52′4″W / 46.08667°N 94.86778°W|
|Area||2.3 acres (0.93 ha)|
|Architect||Boehme & Cordella|
|Architectural style||Chicago, Other, Southern German Baroque|
|NRHP Reference #||85001996|
|Added to NRHP||September 5, 1985|
Church of St. Joseph-Catholic (Christ the King Catholic Church) is a historic church on Main Street between 7th and 8th Streets in Browerville, Minnesota. The church was built by Polish immigrants who came to America as part of a migration movement between the American Civil War and World War I. Polish immigrants established their parish churches as the centers of life in their communities and resented outside interference. The Polish community had split from the German congregation in 1895 in a dispute over the financing of a school built in 1890. Construction began on the church in 1907 and was completed in 1909.
The exterior has a 70 feet (21 m)-tall tower, topped with a drum surrounded by eight columns, with an onion dome and cross on the very top. The tower has an emblem of an eagle, a Polish national symbol. It has a Gethsemane rock grotto designed by award-winning sculptor Joseph Kiselewski, and a Black Madonna, a traditional Polish cultural object.
The parish eventually merged with the German parish in 1980, after declining membership. The combined parish was named Christ the King. The building was added to the National Register in 1985.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- John Radzilowski (Spring 2002). "Out on the Wind: Life in Minnesota's Polish Farming Communities". Minnesota History. Minnesota Historical Society.
- Alan K. Lathrop (2003). Churches Of Minnesota: An Illustrated Guide. University of Minnesota Press. p. 15. ISBN 0816629099.
- John-Brian Paprock and Teresa Peneguy Paprock (2004). Sacred Sites of Minnesota. Black Earth, Wisconsin: Trails Books. p. 139. ISBN 1-931599-26-2.