|Robert ‘Brett’ Edenton|
VENERABLE FATHER SAMUEL CHARLES MAZZUCHELLI born in Milan, Italy on November 4, 1806. He became a member of the Dominican Order and was ordained in the USA. He was sent in 1830 to the island of Mackinac to be the only permanent priest in the upper Great Lakes region. He founded the first Catholic school in Wisconsin at Green Bay and visited various Native American tribes as a missionary. During his time in Wisconsin, he faced a number of challenges, such as hostility from other Christian denominations.
Known for his skill in music, painting, and architecture, he designed many of the churches built.
Ven.Father Mazzuchelli is buried at Saint Patrick’s Cemetery in Benton, Wisconsin.
Early in April 2006, Italian doctors charged by the Vatican with determining the validity of miracles decided after careful study that the curing of Robert Uselmann of cancer was indeed a miracle. Robert, a resident of Madison, Wisconsin had gone to Sinsinawa Mound with his family in 2001 to pray Father Mazzuchelli for his assistance in curing him of cancer. While there he prayed with the Sisters. Robert Uselmann would later find that he had been cured of the cancer, and it was established that there was no medical explanation for this cure. As a result, Ven. Father Mazzuchelli is now eligible for beatification.
And besides, to what does it all really aim--this world of books, of studies, of gold, of grandeur, of elegances of life, of progress, whether civil, literary or social? Their one object is to attain to a certain degree of happiness. But the Catholic Indian is put in possession by his religion of that moral and social felicity, which not Solomon himself with all his wisdom and royal magnificence could enjoy." (From Mazzuchelli's Memoirs).