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Immaculate Conception

New families and individuals are welcome to Immaculate Conception in Watersmeet. It is important that every family or independent adult register in the Parish of their choice to keep our records, especially of addresses and telephone numbers, current. Please contact the Parish Office to register as soon as you are able. Thank you, and welcome! Our new Sister Parish is located about 30 miles west of Iron River at E23933 D Avenue. The Pastor/Administrator is Fr. Jose Cherian with Fr. Jeffrey Kurtz remaining as Priest-in-residence.

History

Started as a mission of Ewen in the 1880s, Immaculate Conception Parish in Watersmeet has been independent since 1916. The first resident pastor arrived in 1916. The original church was built around 1890 and the rectory in 1916. Father Samuel Bottoni, began his long 44-year pastorate from 1952 to 1996 and led the parish in construction of a modern church building. The original church and rectory were moved eight miles south to Camp Plagens on the shore of Moon Lake. The new church was dedicated July 7, 1956. Camp Plagens was located at the northeast end of the lake. The camp was originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. It was used as a winter training camp for troops during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Camp Plagens was later donated to the Diocese of Marquette and was used as a summer camp for youth until the middle 1970s. Father Samuel Battoni continued to hold Saturday evening and Sunday evening Catholic masses at Camp Plagens in St. John’s Chapel until the mid 1990s. Shortly after Father Battoni’s death in 1995, the camp was sold to the Lac Vieux Desert tribe in Watersmeet. In the spring of 2003, the tribe received a grant to restore one barracks building and the chapel for use as a historical museum. On July 1, 2019, Bishop John Doerffler joined Immaculate Conception Church to the parishes of St. Agnes in Iron River and St. Cecilia in Caspian. Fr. Gregory Veneklase was assigned as Pastor/Administrator, with Fr Jeffrey Kurtz remaining as priest- in-residence.
Iron River, Caspian, and Watersmeet, Michigan
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906-265-4557 | stagnesstcecilia@gmail.com St. Agnes, St. Cecilia, & Immaculate Conception Churches Website by North Country Website Design.

Immaculate

Conception

New families and individuals are welcome to Immaculate Conception in Watersmeet. It is important that every family or independent adult register in the Parish of their choice to keep our records, especially of addresses and telephone numbers, current. Please contact the Parish Office to register as soon as you are able. Thank you, and welcome! Our new Sister Parish is located about 30 miles west of Iron River at E23933 D Avenue. The Pastor/Administrator is Fr. Jose Cherian with Fr. Jeffrey Kurtz remaining as Priest-in- residence.

History

Started as a mission of Ewen in the 1880s, Immaculate Conception Parish in Watersmeet has been independent since 1916. The first resident pastor arrived in 1916. The original church was built around 1890 and the rectory in 1916. Father Samuel Bottoni, began his long 44-year pastorate from 1952 to 1996 and led the parish in construction of a modern church building. The original church and rectory were moved eight miles south to Camp Plagens on the shore of Moon Lake. The new church was dedicated July 7, 1956. Camp Plagens was located at the northeast end of the lake. The camp was originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. It was used as a winter training camp for troops during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Camp Plagens was later donated to the Diocese of Marquette and was used as a summer camp for youth until the middle 1970s. Father Samuel Battoni continued to hold Saturday evening and Sunday evening Catholic masses at Camp Plagens in St. John’s Chapel until the mid 1990s. Shortly after Father Battoni’s death in 1995, the camp was sold to the Lac Vieux Desert tribe in Watersmeet. In the spring of 2003, the tribe received a grant to restore one barracks building and the chapel for use as a historical museum. On July 1, 2019, Bishop John Doerffler joined Immaculate Conception Church to the parishes of St. Agnes in Iron River and St. Cecilia in Caspian. Fr. Gregory Veneklase was assigned as Pastor/Administrator, with Fr Jeffrey Kurtz remaining as priest-in-residence.
Iron River, Caspian, & Watersmeet, MI
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