St. Leonard is a vibrant community of more than 1,600 families. We've reached out 60th year in helping Catholics from Muskego and beyond grow closer to God! Please take some time to check out our entire website to find out how we can help you in your faith journey.
A Brief History
In the decades before the 1950s, Muskego was primarily a rural community, with most residents living around three cross-road business centers---Durham Hill, Tess Corners and Muskego Center---as well as around area lakes. The small Catholic population attended Mass in neighboring Big Bend, New Berlin, Hales Corners or St. Martins.
In the late 1950s, as more and more families moved to the area, Fr. Leonard Drewek was asked to establish a parish. St. Leonard Congregation was incorporated on July 17, 1957. See More On St. Leonard of Port Maurice. Fr. Drewek was appointed the first pastor of the new St. Leonard community by Archbishop Albert G. Meyer.
The parish built a multipurpose building rather than a separate church building, and initially located the church in the space of four un-partitioned classrooms. The entire new building consisted of eight classrooms, the temporary church, a library, a multi-purpose room and a cafeteria.
In September 1960, St. Leonard School opened to grades 1-6, taught by three School Sisters of Notre Dame and three lay teachers. Eventually, the 7th and 8th grades were added, as well as kindergarten and K4.
The parish rectory was constructed 1959 and the parish convent was added 1962. Parish members performed much of the construction of these two buildings.
The New Church
In 1979, ground was broken for a new church building and enlarged school facilities, which were completed and then dedicated on September 7, 1980, with Bishop Leo Burst officiating. In 2002, a new gymnasium was added to the southwest corner of the parish complex, west of the school.
In 2007, St. Leonard was blessed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its dedication. With some founding members on hand, the community celebrated all who contributed and continue to be a part of the mission of the building of God’s kingdom in Muskego.
In its 60-year history, St. Leonard has been served by six pastors—Leonard Drewek, Joseph Sukup, Kenneth Derfus, Jerome Rinzel, William Kohler and currently Daniel Janasik.
With construction of our welcoming Parish Center to be completed by the end of 2017, we hope and pray St. Leonard can continue make disciples of Jesus for many, many years to come!