St Clement church, Bankston

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Welcome to St. Clement, Bankston

The History of St. Clements Catholic Parish and its Community

       In the early 1850’s, Bishop Matthias Loras traveled through the Bankston area on horseback (St. Clements Parish was not organized at this time). He visited with many of the settlers; which were mostly of whom had come from Ireland, there were also some from Germany and Luxemburg. Many of these settlers frequented mass at the French Settlement 10 miles northeast; which some had walked to and from, while others went by horse and buggy. This church is now the Rickardsville Parish in Rickardsville, Dubuque County, Iowa.

     It is believed that Father McGauran named St. Clements Parish after BishopClement Smyth. This was to stop the confusion of the many various names Bankston had from 1851 to 1869 when St. Clements became the official name of the parish.In the first one hundred years of Existence, St. Clements has had 12 Pastors.

     The first was the Reverend Dr. John Alyward who organized St. Clements Parish in 1860. He arrived in Bankston in 1859 and stayed until November 11, 1860; when he left to become a Professor at the Sinsinawa Boy’s College. Rev. Dr. Alyward said his first mass at Maurice Kirby’s house, which was just west of the church grounds. Many masses were then said at Maurice Kirby’s house; until a church could be built. The church would be built a short distance from Mr. Kirby’s house, on land which was donated by Mr. Kirby. This included land for the cemetery. Read more…

Parish Council Members

  • Joe Kluesner
  • Pat Lehmann
  • Tim Schmitt
  • Dawn Klostermann (new 2019)


Liturgy Committee

  • Trish Ernzen
  • Ellen O’Connell
  • Betty Pins
  • Joyce Rauen

St. Clement Pastoral Council Minutes


           Altar & Rosary Society Chairs through August 2019

  • Eric & Amanda Gaul and Jay & Nora Ridenour – Chairs
  • Tim & Lori Daly and Dave & Rose Schneider – Circle Leaders
  • Gary & Jody Bramel and Mark & Tera Schuckert – Alternates

Prayer Request

may we pray for you?

Fr. Michael Schueller


Fr. Phil Kruse

Sacramental Priest


Remembering always that our main mission is to proclaim the Gospel to all, the St. Elizabeth Pastorate parishes seek to support the vitality of all its member parishes. The St. Elizabeth Pastorate’s mission is to nurture the Catholic faith among all parishioners, while respecting the individuality of all member parishes.

St Clement, Bankston

(563) 876-5540


4287 New Vienna Rd
Epworth, IA 52045
United States

St Clement, Bankston

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