Rochester Churches Monroe County
Church of the Annunciation


Location: Monroe County, Rochester NE
Address: 1754 Norton St. Map
Parish formed: 1917 as St. Agnes later renamed Annunciation [mission], 1946 [parish]
Present church built: 1917 basement chapel; 1923 completed chapel; modern church which is no longer used was completed in Oct. 1967
Present affiliation: Part of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini parish
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  • Fr. John Killeen, Mar. 25, 1914-1917 [Ministered to Italians in the area]
  • Msgr. John M. Ball, 1917-1921
  • Fr. Benedict Masselli, 1921-1923
  • Fr. George J. Weinmann, 1923-1938
  • Fr. Charles J. Azzi, Oct. 1938-1946
  • Fr. Francis Cristantielli, 1946-June 26, 1953 [First resident pastor]
  • Msgr. Albert L. Simonetti, June 26, 1953-Sep. 1, 1978 [upon retirement, poor health]
  • Fr. William J. Graf, Sep. 1, 1978-July 1, 1987
  • Robert F. O'Neill, July 1, 1987-Aug. 1988
  • Fr. Joseph W. Dailey, Aug. 1988-Oct. 1988 [Temporary administrator]
  • Robert F. O'Neill, Oct. 1988-June 23, 1998
  • Fr. Sean Garrity CSB, Mar. 19, 1995-June 27, 1995 [Temporary administrator, sabbatical]
  • Dennis Sewar, June 23, 1998-2003
  • Sr. Marie Susanne Hoffman, 2003?-2004 [Administrator]
  • Fr. Michael Mayer, 2004-2010
  • Fr. Paul Gitau and Deborah A. Housel, 2010-Sep. 1, 2011 [Co-administrators]
  • Deacon David Palma, 2011-July 2012 [Administrator]
  • Frs. William F. McGrath and Robert Werth, July 2012-June 25, 2019 [Co-pastorate]
  • Fr. William F. McGrath, June 25, 2019-present


Coming soon...

Exterior Photographs

Former Church
Interior Photographs

Stations of the Cross

Before renovation - Sept. 2009
Historical Photographs


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