Parish History

  • 1971 Fr. Andrew Nelson gathered together with six families in the Westhaven area of Oshkosh to begin a discussion group about Church issues. In the course of the conversation, a member suggested they start a new Catholic parish west of Highway 41 At the direction of Fr. Nelson, the six families approached Bishop Aloysius Wycislo with the idea of a new parish. The bishop was open to the idea of a parish on the far west side of Oshkosh.  
  • 1972 They contacted Calvary Lutheran Church and made an agreement to share that worship space with Pastor Rosenberg and the Calvary Lutheran Community. The families selected Good Samaritan Catholic Community as the name of the new Catholic Community.  Bishop Wycislo authorized the establishment of a new parish. Fr. David Barrett was assigned to provide pastoral services for the Good Samaritan Catholic Community.  Fr. Barrett celebrated the first mass for Good Samaritan Catholic Community (considered a mission parish of Sacred Heart) on April 15th. The Mass was celebrated at Calvary Lutheran Church. There were about 45 people in attendance. One week after the first mass there were twelve families, and by fall
  • 1972 there were 34 families.  
  • 1976 Fr. Andrew Nelson, assigned as a part-time pastor to replace Fr. Barrett, noted in a letter to Bishop Wycislo that the Catholic community of Good Samaritan was looking to purchase land. At that time there were 100 families in the community.  
  • 1978 The Diocesan Board of Consulters approved the establishment of a new parish in the Westhaven subdivision. A letter from Bishop Wycislo granted parish status to the community. At the request of Bishop Wycislo the name of the Good Samaritan Catholic Community was changed to St. Raphael the Archangel. The Westhaven community was established as the nucleus of the parish territory. Fr. Groher was appointed the first full-time pastor. 
  • 1979 Fr. Joseph Bestler was assigned as pastor. 1980 St. Raphael the Archangel Church was civilly incorporated.  
  • 1981 Fr. David Baeten was assigned as administer of the parish. 1983 Fr. Gerald Foley was assigned as pastor.  
  • 1984 Weekend masses were still celebrated at Calvary Lutheran Church and Oakwood School. Religious Education classes were held at Lourdes High School.  
  • 1985 The Feast of Epiphany marked the kick-off of the Capital Campaign for the West Ninth Avenue Church building. There were 200 families in the parish.  
  • 1987 Bishop Adam Maida dedicated the West Ninth Avenue St. Raphael Church building. 
  • 1991 Fr. Daniel Felton was assigned as pastor.
  • 1992 Plans were underway to build a new church along Westhaven Drive. The West Ninth Avenue St. Raphael Church building was sold to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
  • 1993 In April a Capital Campaign Drive was held for the new church facility. There were 1,100 families in the parish.  
  • 1994 The first weekend liturgies were celebrated in the new church on October 8-9. A year of re-dedication to God was declared.  
  • 1995 Bishop Robert Banks dedicated the new church facility on October 1. There were 1,375 families.
  • 2003 St. Raphael the Archangel celebrated its 25th anniversary.  
  • 2005 Fr. Douglas LeCaptain was assigned as pastor.
  • 2005 Fr. Carl Schmitt was assigned as associate pastor.
  • 2009 Fr. Jason Blahnik was assigned as associate pastor to replace Fr. Carl Schmitt.  Fr. Doug LeCaptain burned the parish mortgage after a generous donation by an anonymous donor helped pay off the debt.
  • 2011 Fr. Luke Ferris was assigned as associate pastor to replace Fr. Jason Blahnik.  
  • 2013 Fr. Michael Warden was assigned as associate pastor to replace Fr. Luke Ferris.
  • 2015 Fr. Edward Looney was assigned as associate pastor to replace Fr. Michael Warden.