Rev. James Cherne

Rev. Father Cherne is the pastor of St. Cyril and Methodius church of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, his pastorate having commenced in this city on March 2, 1910. His birth occurred in Dobrava, Krain, Austria, on the 3d of May, 1883, his parents being George and Katharine Cherne, who still reside at that place. The family for many generations back is of Slavic origin.

Father Cherne received his early education at Laibach, Krain, and after laying aside the elementary text-books he became a student at the College of Krainburg and was graduated from that institution in 1902. Shortly after his graduation he emigrated to America and entered St. Paul's Seminary at St. Paul, Minnesota, in which institution he became a student of philosophy and theology, his ordination taking place during his student life at St. Paul's Seminary. Immediately following his ordination he was engaged as the assistant pastor of St. Patrick's cathedral for one month at Lead, South Dakota. At the end of his services at that place he was transferred to Fairfax, South Dakota, where he became the pastor of St. Anthony's church and continued as the officiating pastor of that congregation until 1909. His duties while pastor of St. Anthony's church required his attention to the interests of several outlying mission stations in the surrounding territory. Eventually closing his relations with that congregation, he became pastor of the church of St. Mary Seven Dolores at Rock Springs, Wyoming. In this pastorate he continued his services until his removal to Sheboygan in March, 1910.

The mission upon which Father Cherne was sent to Sheboygan consisted in the organization of a Slavenian congregation and, if possible later, the building of a church in which to hold divine services. In both of these particulars he has been entirely successful. Having gathered his people together, he succeeded in erecting a very suitable place of worship, located at 820 New Jersey avenue. The church upon its dedication was blessed by Bishop Koudelka, auxiliary of Milwaukee, on the 26th of November, 19II. Rev. Father Cherne is one of the rising young clergymen of great promise in the Catholic church. A wide field of useful service lies before him in the work of serving the religious interests of his native people, who are scattered throughout all the larger cities of America, his adopted country. Since his ordination he has been actively engaged in the duties of the pastorate at various places throughout the western states and everywhere he has been uniformly successful in his endeavors to faithfully discharge the duties of a priest in the church and faith in which he was born. He is an energetic man, thoroughly educated for the priesthood, genial and friendly in his intercourse with the public at large, and is universally respected among all classes in the city in which he now resides.


Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL