Benton County Polish Catholic Churches/Cemeteries


St. Elizabeth Church

 16454 125th Ave. NE
Brennyville, MN

The church, town and cemetery were established by Father Peter Brenny after 1905. The area was homesteaded by Polish and German immigrants.

St. Elizabeth Cemetery

Brennyville, Minnesota
Cemetery is behind the church.


Saints Peter and Paul Church 

10495 Golden Spike Road NE
Gilman, MN 56329

  • The original church was a log building dedicated to St. Wenceslaus in Alberta, Minnesota in 1872.
  • That church was replaced by St. Casimir Church, but was destroyed by a fire in 1891.
  • It was rebuilt in 1893, large enough to accommodate 400 families from several surrounding communities.
  • In 1930, it was replaced by Saints Peter and Paul Church.

Church Book
Saints Peter and Paul Church, Gilman, Minnesota, 1872-1972
This centennial book is available in the Polish section of the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center.

Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery

Gilman, MN 
Cemetery is located behind the church.

Mayhew Lake

Church of the Annunciation

9965 Mayhew Lake Road NE
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Annunciation Catholic Cemetery

Mayhew, Benton County


Holy Trinity Church

216 2nd St. North
Royalton, MN 56373

Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery

2-98 North 5th St.
Royalton, MN 56373

Royalton Abandoned Cemetery

There is an old cemetery which is believed to have been part of the early Holy Trinity Church in Royalton. The Morrison County Historical Society may have more information on this cemetery.


St. Lawrence Church 

10915 Duelm Road NE
Foley, MN 56329

St Lawrence Cemetery

110th Ave NE and Duelm Road NE
Duelm, MN 


St. John’s Church 

621 Dewey St. 
Foley, MN 56329

St. John’s Cemetery

Grand Street
Foley, MN

North Benton

Polish Church Cemetery

There is an old cemetery in North Benton called the Polish Church Cemetery – it was originally next to a church.

The church name is unknown but possibly St. John the Baptist, also known as Church in the Wilderness – which burned down in 1894).


Immaculate Conception Church
(once known as St. Mary’s Church)

145 2nd Ave NE
Rice, MN 56367

Church Book
Immaculate Conception Parish, Rice, MN Centennial 1885-1985.
By Sister Owen Lindblad, 1985
Diocese of St. Cloud

Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery

This cemetery has primarily German names but a small group of Poles from the Silesia area are also buried there.