About St Patrick's Parish

About St Patrick's and Holy Trinity Catholic Churches

About our Church

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Audubon, Iowa

St. Patrick’s parish can trace its beginnings to the year 1880, when Father Edward Gaule, the resident priest in Atlantic, offered the First Mass at the home of John H. Holland. As the congregation grew larger, Mass was held in the public school building. Within a span of two years in 1882, under the direction of Father Edward Gaule, a Church was built at the brow of the hill. On February 1, 1918, Father Jeremiah Costello was appointed pastor of Audubon and Exira, and he began work on a new Church, that was dedicated on December 8, 1919 by Bishop Thomas W. Drumm of Des Moines. From 1882 until today, 16 priests have served the parish. Today as I speak, there are 203 registered families. Our average attendance on a weekend is about 140 people. There are 66 children in our religious education program: – 30 of them in the lower grades – Kindergarten through the 6th grade, 11 of them in the first communion class, 20 of them in the upper grade – 7th through the 12th grade, and 5 students in our Confirmation program, and they were confirmed on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Three of our students attended the NCYC. There are 13 Catechists giving their time. The children are involved in serving coffee and rolls after early Mass once a month. They also assist with the Fish Fry every Friday during Lent.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Exira, Iowa

Holy Trinity parish can trace its beginnings to the year 1878, when Father Edward Gaule, the resident priest in Atlantic, offered the first service at the home of Frank Door. As the congregation grew larger, a Church that could seat 120 people, was built on Harrison Street on a piece of property donated by a non-Catholic named Urban Herrick in 1879. In 1891 this building was moved to the present location. And the present Church was built in 1902 by Father Julius Failenschmidst. The first resident priest at Holy Trinity in Exira was Father Arthur Zaizer, who started a school with the assistance of three sisters of Humility. A school was built in 1895 at the present location of the parish hall. The school was closed in 1905 due to the dwindling number of children and loss of the assistance of the sisters. From 1878 until today, 29 priests have served the parish.

Our Pastor

I am Reverend Father David Nkrumah. The third of seven children of my parents. My father is David Nkrumah Snr. and mother is Mary Essien all of blessed memory. I have three brothers and three sisters. I am currently living and working in the Western Region of Ghana. After my secondary education, I entered the seminary with the strong urge of becoming a priest of the Holy Catholic Church. Ordained priest in 1996 and have served under St. Francis Xavier Parish, Prestea in the Western Region of Ghana as parochial vicar, to St. Paul’s parish in Bonyere from 2001- 2008 as pastor. I was transferred to St. Francis Xavier again as the pastor from 2007 – 2015. Currently am in St. Anthony of Padua parish, Axim in the Western Region of Ghana as the pastor. The parish is the oldest in my diocese (Sekondi-Takoradi) from 2015 – 2018 and now waiting to serve in St. Patrick and Holy Trinity parishes in the diocese of Des Moines in Iowa. It is my fervent prayer that I will receive the maximum cooperation from all so that we can continue with the propagation of the gospel. What I enjoy about my vocation is celebrating the Eucharist, which I do with utmost joy, home visitation, caring for the sick, teaching of catechism and listening to confessions.