The Diocese of St. Paul was formed under the leadership of Bishop Joseph Cretin in 1850. The Red Wing area was served by priests from St. Paul and Hastings. In 1858, Father Felix Tissot was assigned to the area of Goodhue and Wabasha Counties, which includes the Red Wing area. Fr. Tissot traveled regularly to Red Wing to say Mass in the homes of catholic residents.Fr. Tissot formed a committee in the fall of 1862 to build a church to serve the 15 families living in the City of Red Wing. In the fall of 1862, a modest, wood-frame building to seat about 100 people was built. On Trinity Sunday 1865, Bishop Thomas L. Grace dedicated the Church under the patronage of Saint Joseph. In August of 1865, Father Christian J. Knauf became the first resident pastor.
Since the beginning of our rich history 150 years ago, St. Joseph remains a Faith Community that has seen many milestones, helping to enrich and shape not only the physical needs of the Parish, but also the spiritual needs of the Faith Community.
In celebration of the Church of St. Joseph's 150th Anniversary, a Parish Museum was established to showcase some of the historically-significant items from over the many years. Link: Parish Museum Photo Gallery