Category Archives: Blessing

Blessing Parish

Blessing Church - click to see its historyWith this post, I’m inaugurating a new portion of the website – “Places“.

Certainly our Genealogy is defined by our ancestors and descendants – the people of our families.   But it is also defined by the places where we grew up, live and where our ancestors came from.     I’ll try to talk about some of these special places in blog posts and on this website.

The first one of these is Blessing Church near Hudson Iowa.  It is a Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and Schriers have been members since the early 1900s.   The parish was founded in 1875 and closed in 2006, but the Church building still stands and the cemetery is active, with John Schrier as sexton.

Amazingly, the name “Blessing” has no special religious significance.  The formal name of the parish is “Immaculate Conception – Blessing”, named for James Blessington, who founded the small village which once surrounded the Church.

Much more information is in the Places article on Blessing here, and in an article published about the history of the parish, which is in the Documents section or you can view it by clicking on the Church image above.

by Bill Schrier