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One Hundred Years Of Faith

St. Joseph's Catholic Church In Kimball Celebrating Its Centennial

On Sunday, Dec. 5, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball will celebrate 100 years as a parish. Most Rev. Joseph Hanefelt, Bishop of Grand Island Diocese, will be in Kimball to help celebrate this milestone of faith.

In those 100 years, the people of St. Joseph's built a new brick church, a parsonage, and an elementary school while dozens of clergy have past through the doors of St. Joseph's teaching to the faithful.

Before 1921, area Catholics practiced their faith in homes, including those of "Grandma" Mary Lynch, Art Bickel, Pat Maginnis, Jim Kinney and Ed Roche. Then in 1911, on land dona...