POPE ST. PIUS X
When our Diocese was established in August 1956, Bishop Charles H. Helmsing was appointed our first Bishop. Every Diocese has a Principal Patron Saint. Bishop Helmsing chose St. Pius X as our Principal Patron Saint. St. Pius X was elected Pope in 1903 and ruled the Church until 1914. He tried in vain to prevent World War I but could not. St. Pius X was a Pope who ruled the Church with love and simplicity. He is probably remembered most for allowing children who had reached the use of reasoning to receive Holy Communion instead of having to wait until they were in their teens.