Gregory Koering, parish priest of New Trier, was born in Westphalla, Prussia, 1833. He came to America in 1861,
and attended the St. Vincent's college, at Milwaukee; was ordained at St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1865, and went to
Wright county, as priest of St. Michael's church. There being at that time no church building, he held mass in
his private rooms. He was instrumental in building what is now known as St. Michael's church, finished in 1866.
Under his charge were eight missions, which he attended twice each month. He also built the church at Maple Plain,
Hennepin county, in 1866, and the same year completed the structure at Maple Lake. About the year 1869, he removed
to Shakopee, finding the church property deeply indebted, and in 1876, left it in a flourishing condition. In March,
1878, he removed to New Trier; the church there having flourished under his charge, the congregation numbering
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Dakota County, MN
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