To build a vibrant and diverse Catholic community that welcomes and invites all to join with us in being transformed by Jesus Christ, finding a true home in the Church, deepening our understanding and practice of the faith, and reaching out to others with compassion and justice.
Our Core Values
- Celebrating the Sacraments and proclaiming the word
- Providing liturgies that invite full and active participation
- Rooting all we do in prayer and discernment
- Passing on the faith to our children
- Calling forth the God-given gifts of each person
- Welcoming all who search and connecting them with the faith of the Church
- Engaging our faith in the issues of the world
- Serving the poor and the least among us
Our parish has a long history, dating back to 1889, when Benjamin Harrison was president, the Eiffel Tower opened in Paris, and Milwaukee’s main industries were milling, tanning, meat packing, brewing, and iron making.
That year, Monsignor Leonard Batz dedicated a temporary chapel for the new Saints Peter and Paul Parish, and commissioned plans for a permanent church building designed by noted architect Henry Messmer. The cornerstone of this larger church was laid on June 1, 1890. Two years later, the church was solemnly consecrated, a step that required the church to be free of debt. This was accomplished through the generosity of Monsignor Batz, who underwrote most of the expenses with his own money!
On July 1, 2010, the Archdiocese established what is called an “In Solidum Team,” in which the pastoral care of four parishes, including Saints Peter and Paul, was entrusted to three priests.
Today, Fr. Tim Kitzke serves as pastor and Fr. John Baumgardner serves as associate pastor of this family of four parishes, which includes Old Saint Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Saints Peter and Paul, and Three Holy Women. They currently rotate from parish to parish for weekend Masses.