St. Elias Orthodox Church
Antiochian Archdiocese
716 Copeland Ave, La Crosse, WI
/ Church Expansion
Church Expansion

St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church in La Crosse was built from 1909-1917 by a handful of Syrian/Lebanese immigrants pursuing a new life in the United States. Our church was designated a historic site by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission in 2001.

Our diverse parish adds a rich and lasting dimension to the faith community in the greater La Crosse area. All who seek to know the faith practiced by the first Christians are welcome!
A few recent contributions have been:

  • Serving meals to the homeless
  • A diaper network for new mothers
  • Working with imprisoned individuals
  • Building a Little Free Pantry
  • Sharing our heritage through the annual Mediterranean Festival


St. Elias Church has a capacity for only 40 people and limited accessibility. An expansion is needed for visitors and families, designed to preserve the historical integrity of the original building. Our plans also include two domes, which have cultural and spiritual significance.


This expansion allows us to grow the parish, welcome more guests and do more good in the world. Our century-old church adds to the beauty of the North Side. In order to share our past and secure our future, the hard-working families of our parish have committed to making this project happen for the glory of God and for the enduring impact on our community.

Building expenses are estimated between $1.5 million - $2 million. We invite you to invest in this historic project, helping to bring added beauty, hope and cultural interest to La Crosse and beyond.


  • Accessible (ADA) entrance & Limited Use Limited Accessibility (LULA) Elevator
  • New staircase connecting lower level & first floor
  • New dome


St. Elias Churchis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law).

1. Make a secure online donation on our website

2. Mail a check:
St. Elias Orthodox Church
P.O. Box 3176
La Crosse, WI 54602-3176

3. Text 01church to 1-608-719-4454

4. Submit the donation pledge form


St. Elias is a small church that relies heavily on the generous donations

and regular contributions of our parish members, friends and those who have historical ties to the church. A sincere thank you for any support you can offer for the well-being and long term survival of St. Elias.

May God be with you!

  • Sat

    5:00pm Vespers
  • Sun

    8:45am Matins (Morning Prayers)
    10:00am Divine Liturgy
  • Sat

    5:00pm Vespers

St. Elias Orthodox Church * 716 Copeland Ave * P.O. Box 3176 * La Crosse, WI 54602-3176