OUR PASTORS

Since 1902, Immaculate Conception Church has operated under the guidance of 16 revered pastors. Click the following link for a more detailed timeline of our pastors.

ARCHITECTURE

Immaculate Conception church takes its form from the hall churches of late medieval and early renaissance Europe. From the open plaza and courtyard to powerful imagery and sculptures, it has been designed to reflect early Christian architecture. For further information, download the printable PDF below.

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PIPE ORGAN

Immaculate Conception Church is blessed to have a beautiful pipe organ for use in the liturgy. Click the following link for more on our church organ’s history and specifications.

TIMELINE

1902

On April 30, Bishop Richter authorized the establishment of a new church on the west side of Traverse City. Rev. Ladislaus Krakowski was appointed as pastor, and the church was to be known as Immaculate Conception Parish. In September of that year, Rev. Cornelius Emperor was named as pastor. Land for a new school-church building was acquired and construction began; however, the founding pastor became ill and passed away.

1904/1905

Fr. John Sheehan was appointed pastor in 1904, and work on the building was completed. In 1905, Bishop Richter issued a decree giving the new parish canonical existence.

1906

In February, Bishop Richter dedicated the new school-church building. The total construction cost was $15,000. In September, the school opened with 80 students and five Sisters of Mercy nuns in charge.

1931

The missions of Copemish and St. Joseph were assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish. (Another parish eventually took them over.)

1940

A fund drive began to purchase property to be the site of the new church building.

1952

On May 23, ground was broken for the new church.

1953

On April 5 (Easter Sunday), the first Mass was celebrated in the new church. On May 30, the church was dedicated by the Right Reverend Roy Baker, V.G. Cost of the building, which was built under the direction of Rev. Msgr. Russell Passeno, cost $229,814.

1958

Bishop Babcock authorizes an addition to the school.

1960

On April 7, 1960, ground was broken on the school addition project.

1961

On February 14, the addition to the school was completed at a cost of approximately $335,000 and the addition was blessed by Bishop Babcock on May 21.

1969

Bishop Bobcock ordered the consolidation of the Catholic Schools in Traverse City.

1971

A new rectory was built under the direction of Fr. Edwin Thome at a cost of $178,000 plus furnishings.

1980

the parish celebrated its 75th anniversary.

1996

The Centennial Hall, built under the direction of Fr. Dennis Stillwell, was dedicated. Cost for that project was $1.2 million.

1997

Fr. Jim Hayden was appointed pastor.

2005

We celebrate our 100th year as a parish.

2009

Fr. Anthony Citro is appointed pastor.