History of the Church of Christ the King
Catholic faith has been in the Byron area since before the Civil War. The first families were Irish farmers settling mostly in the area between Rochester and Byron. For a century Byron area Catholics went to St. John Evangelist or later St. Pius X in Rochester for Mass.
Bishop Edward Fitzerald, Bishop of Winona, commissioned Father V. S. Schaefer on September 1, 1962, to secure property in Byron for a possible future parish.
The Decree of the Establishment of Christ the King Parish was issued by Bishop Edward Fitzerald on January 17, 1963.
Father Schaefer celebrated the first Mass on January 20, 1963, at the Byron High School Auditorium.
On Easter Sunday, April 14, 1963, the ground breaking for the new parish church and hall was held after Mass.
Excavation began on June 1, 1963, for the new rectory and Catechetical Center. This project was under taken by the men of the parish.
On August 4, 1963, Bishop Fitzerald blessed the new church and hall, now Schaefer Hall, and celebrated the first Mass.
The parish had a total of 478 baptized members at the end of the first year.
Christ the King Parish celebrated its tenth anniversary of the first church building on August 5, 1973, almost doubling in size to 800 members.
In July of 1974, Father Albert Perrizo was appointed Pastor of Christ the King. Father served this parish until June 30, 1981.
Construction began for the new church in July, 1976. The new church will have a seating capacity of 500 with a full basement for classrooms. The old building will be used as a social hall with large kitchen.
The first Mass in the new church was celebrated in March, 1977, by Father Perrizo. Bishop Loras Watters dedicated the new church for Christ the King Parish in Byron on June 19, 1977.
Father James McCauley was appointed by Bishop Loras Watters on July, 1, 1981. The Parish had 300 families in the faith community as counted in the 1981 census.
Father Don Loosbrock was appointed by Bishop Loras Watters on June 28, 1984.
During May of 1990, Bishop John Vlazny made the descision to assign one priest to Christ the King in Byron and Holy Family in Kasson.
Father Charlie Collins was appointed by Bishop John Vlazny on July 1, 1990.
Bishop Bernard Harrington dedicated and blessed the new worship space at a Mass on December 19, 2004.
Father Paul Surprenant was appointed by Bishop Bernard Harrington on July 4, 2005 - July 2, 2017.
Father John (Lugala) Lasuba was appointed by Bishop John Quinn on August 8, 2017.