Brief History of St. Joseph Campus

One hundred fifteen years ago, 200 families living on the northeast side of Aurora hoped for a church and a school of their own. The cornerstone for the original church & school was put in place in August of 1899. The first mass was said in October of 1899 and the school opened its doors in November, 1899 with 225 students. It was staffed by the Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee, WI.

By the 50’s the original church was inadequate for the growing parish and people were eager to build a new church. The cornerstone for the new church was laid in October, 1955 and the first Mass was celebrated on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 1956. Plans for a larger school were beginning in the late 50’s to early 60’s. By September of 1963, the new school building opened its doors.

Several dedicated pastors have preached, taught and led the families at St. Joseph Parish and school. Father Jerome Leake began his assignment as pastor in June of 1997. He is a visible person to the Aurora community and he is greatly respected and admired. We have the pleasure of his active leadership as He devotes himself to being both a pastor and teacher.