St. Willebrord Catholic Church

St. Willebrord Catholic Church (HM125Y)

Location: Green Bay, WI 54301 Brown County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 30.749', W 88° 0.932'

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St. Willebrord Catholic Church was where Vince Lombardi faithfully attended Mass during his 10 years in Green Bay. A devout Catholic, Lombardi would invariably arrive minutes before 8 a.m. on weekdays, park in the back lot and enter the church through a side door.

When Lombardi first arrived in Green Bay in 1959, the Packers' office building on Washington Street was located within two blocks of St. Willebrord. But even after the team moved its offices to Lambeau Field, Lombardi maintained his routine.

The cornerstone on the present St. Willebrord Church was laid on June 14, 1891. the parish was organized in 1864 to accommodate Dutch immigrants, and the Norbertine Fathers assumed control of it in 1932.

Father David Rondou was the pastor at St. Willebrord for 19 years, including the time when Lombardi was coaching the Packers. Rondou was long active in sports and served as athletic director at St. Norbert College from 1930 to 1934.

St. Willebrord also was the church of choice for many of the players on visiting teams when they stayed at the Hotel Northland. The hotel was located three blocks north on Adams Street, and the players would walk to and from Mass on Sunday morning before heading to the stadium.

The Edward and Terri Martin Family
In Memory of Mary Ellen Neufeld Martin
HM NumberHM125Y
Year Placed2012
Placed ByPackers Heritage Trail Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 1:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 419284 N 4929297
Decimal Degrees44.51248333, -88.01553333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 30.749', W 88° 0.932'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 30' 44.94" N, 88° 0' 55.92" W
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Area Code(s)920, 715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 S Adams St, Green Bay WI 54301, US
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