|Birth: ||Dec. 26, 1798|
Tyrol (Tirol), Austria
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1879|
Reverend Adalbert Inama O. Praem was born December 26, 1798, in Kaltern, Tyrol, Austria. He attended school in Bozen, Südtirol, then joined the Premonstratensian order at Stift Wilten near Innsbruck, Austria. Then a Professor, he taught at the University of Innsbruck.
In 1843, at age 45, he immigrated to America and was pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Utica, Oneida County, New York. He was the first pastor of the first Catholic parish founded in Syracuse, Onandaga County, New York.
In 1845, he moved to Wisconsin. There he founded the congregation of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Sauk City. On December 1, 1845, Rev. Inama arrived in Roxbury, Dane County, Wisconsin and founded the parish of St. Norbert Catholic Church.
Letters written by Rev. Inama (1846 - 1849) are available at the Wisconsin Historical Society website. "Many of the letters are concerned with promoting the Catholic Church in the area, needing more support and the contrasting prosperity of Protestant churches. Inama also describes the influx of new German immigrants and provides an anecdote about a visit from a Ho-Chunk family of converts."
Rev. Inama requested assistance from Stift Wilten, and so Rev. Maximilian Gaertner was sent to help with missionary work in Wisconsin; he arrived in 1846. Rev. Inama had planned to establish a monastery in Roxbury, but it never came to be and so Rev. Gaertner was sent back to Stift Wilten in 1858.
Rev. Inama retired in 1873. He died October 18, 1879, and was buried "under a quaint shaft" at St. Norbert Catholic Cemetery in Roxbury, Dane County, Wisconsin. The tombstone pictured here is a new marker ("Reverend" is spelled wrong).
A plaque mounted outside of St. Norbert's Catholic church, Roxbury, Wisconsin, includes an engraved photo of Rev. Adalbert Inama, and this information:
In Memory Of
1798 - 1879
REV. ADALBERT INAMA, O. PRAEM.
Born in Wilton, Tyrol Dec. 26, 1798
Came to Roxbury in 1845, Dane County's
First Resident Catholic Priest. Labored
In Dane, Iowa, Columbia, Dodge, Jefferson
Sauk, Waukesha Counties Repeatedly
Read Mass In The Assembly Chamber Of
The Capitol, Madison.
An Historical Marker on the grounds of St. Norbert Catholic Church, Roxbury, Wisconsin, says:
Father Adalbert Inama -- St. Norbert House
Father Adalbert Inama a Norbertine Missionary was born in Wilton Tyrol Austria on December 26, 1798. He came to the Roxbury-Sac Prairie area in November 1845. Early the next year he built an 18 x 20 foot log cabin one mile west of here on the banks of Madison Creek which flows through land given to him by County Haraszthy.
Named St. Norbert House Inama's log cabin became the area's first Catholic Church, and Inama himself was the first resident Catholic Priest in Dane and surrounding counties.
Father Inama and his associates traveled the area extensively and organized churches in many south central Wisconsin communities surrounding Roxbury and the Madison lakes thus earning for Father Inama the title "Apostle of the Four Lakes Region".
Father Inama often offered Mass in the Assembly Chambers at the Capitol in Madison. He died at St. Norbert House on October 18, 1879 and is buried in the Roxbury Cemetery.
[Erected by Dane County Historical Society 1971]
Saint Norberts Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 24, 2011
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