School Background

While St. Lucy’s Church in Racine is a vibrant faith community celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the parish’s history could be said to date back to an unlikely turn of events and an encyclical of Pope St. Pius X.

The history of the Church in Racine dates back to the earliest days of the “circuit” missionaries who traveled from Detroit to serve Wisconsin’s Catholics. However, as the Catholic presence flourished in cities, many parishes were unable to support parish schools and some ethnic groups, including the Italians, often chose to send their children to public schools. In 1905, Pope Pius X issued Acerbo Nimis, a document that focused on the importance of pastoral care for children who were not in Catholic schools.

Read the entire story in the Catholic Herald…