Our Church History


<-- First Church & School at St. Aloysius


The parish families of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Mary Queen of Heaven each have a rich history of dedicated prayer, ministry, and service reaching back over 97 years. 


First Church at Immaculate Heart of Mary -->

Responding to the needs of a growing population and urban expansion, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee founded St. Aloysius in 1920. Eventually, two more parishes were created from within, Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1948 and Mary Queen of Heaven in 1953. Each parish developed according to the pattern of the times, first by creating worship and education spaces, then expanding their sites to include larger churches and other buildings when possible. 


<-First Church & School at Mary Queen of Heaven


Over the last 35 years, changes in the Church, in society, and in the city of West Allis have presented new challenges and opportunities to each parish. With the need to close three of the ten individual city parishes, seven parish communities remain. Nine individual parish schools have closed and seven were merged into the current Mary Queen of Saints Catholic Academy in 2002. Societal, economic, and demographic changes continue to influence the mission and the ministry of the three west-side parishes.