Father Goldsmith


the life of father goldsmith....

Father Goldsmith was born out east in Rochester, New York. At thirteen years old, he entered the provincial seminary of St. Francis near Milwaukee. He graduated in 1864 and then entered the American College at Louvain, Belgium. There he earned two divinity degrees and was ordained a priest on July 25, 1868. After returning to the United States, he spent the winter as assistant to St. Mary's in Milwaukee.

On May 25, 1869 he arrived in Chippewa Falls and two days later said Mass at the old St. Mary's of the Falls Church.

His first big work was the construction of Notre Dame Church. He began collecting money by visiting lumber camps and pioneer farms throughout the Chippewa Valley.

He also helped build St. Charles and plan a permanent hospital, which was staffed by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. The third Catholic church in town that he helped build was Holy Ghost in 1886. He also established a newspaper called "The Catholic Sentinel."

According to his doctors, Father Goldsmith died in 1890 at the age of 44 due to a stomach hemorrhage.