St. Anthony Parish community proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ, forming disciples of all members and sending them out to make new disciples called to encounter Jesus through worship, prayer, sacraments, and fellowship.
Our liturgical celebrations give honor and glory to God through the beautiful traditions of the Church. We strive to offer many opportunities for spiritual growth through Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (made possible through our collaboration with St. Mary), confession, and daily Mass (Monday-Friday), as well as youth and adult formation groups.
Msgr. Ross Shecterle has been our administrator since June 2017, while also serving St. Mary, Mother of God.
St. Anthony Parish History
The initial St. Anthony the Hermit Church was dedicated on Jan. 17, 1846, and provided spiritual guidance to about 30 families in the unincorporated community of Fussville. Fr. Anton Maria Meyer was the first pastor, serving the parish from 1846 to 1847. Read more about St. Anthony's History.
In 1845 the first church was built. Over the next 20 years it would be rebuilt three times to accommodate the increasing Fussville community. In 1855, the first combination parish school and convent was also built and administered by the School Sisters of Notre Dame — though it burned down in 1864. Another school and convent, run by the Dominican Sisters of Racine, took its place.
In 1949, Fr. Joseph P. Reichling came to St. Anthony and transformed the school and the church. In a few years, the school was overcrowded, and a new one was built in 1953, with the School Sisters of St. Francis educating. In five years, the new school had to be expanded again. In 1958, Menomonee Falls annexed Fussville. In 2017, the school closed due to declining enrollment, but Catholic education is still taking place within its walls as Chesterton Academy of Milwaukee currently inhabits the space.