15 12, 2020

A second parish for Polish Catholics in Reading, St. Anthony of Padua

2020-12-15T15:33:32-04:00December 15th, 2020|Churches|0 Comments

As a number of immigrants from Eastern Europe continued to migrate to the shores of the United States in the early pan of the twentieth century, a group of people of Polish descent sought to establish a second Polish parish in Reading on [...]

12 10, 2020

Columbus Day, 1892 – The Great Catholic Parade

2020-10-12T22:41:55-04:00October 12th, 2020|Churches, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The celebration of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America by the Catholic of this city took place on October 12, 1892. A number of private and business houses were decorated with flags and streamers. St. Paul’s church, pastoral residence, school building [...]

28 06, 2020

Sacred Heart Parish, West Reading

2020-06-28T11:33:40-04:00June 28th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

By the dawn of the 20th century Reading was undergoing notable industrial expansion. The lure of jobs brought significant population growth to the area. Among the newcomers were many Catholics. Monsignor George Bornemann of St. Paul’s Parish recommend to Edmund F. Prendergast, Archbishop of [...]

27 06, 2020

St. Peter’s Reading Catholic High School

2020-06-27T19:40:24-04:00June 27th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

By the beginning of the 20th century in Reading there was an urgent need for a Catholic secondary school. In order to meet the advanced academic needs of the Reading high school-age population, St. Peter High School was founded in 1911. St. Peter’s [...]

9 06, 2020

Reading, PA: A Slovak Christmas

2020-06-09T18:06:41-04:00June 9th, 2020|Christmas, Churches, Culture|0 Comments

Around 1880, the first Slovaks arrived in Reading, PA. They came from Saris, Spis and Zemplin, areas in Czechoslovakia, and later from Trencin, Orava and Nitra, also in Czechoslovakia. During their first years in Reading, they attended Mass at St. Paul's Roman Catholic [...]

31 05, 2020

Monsignor George Bornemann

2020-05-31T07:04:14-04:00May 31st, 2020|Churches, Organizations-Institutions, People, Schools|0 Comments

George Bornemann was born October 5, 1838, at Lingen, Province of Hanover, Germany. His father was a rope-maker; his mother, Louisa (born, Rolfs) died when he was six years old. The schools of his native town provided his elementary education, and he early [...]

27 05, 2020

House of the Good Shepherd

2020-05-27T23:53:16-04:00May 27th, 2020|Churches, Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

For more than half of our nation's history, social services were not provided by the government, but by benevolent and religious institutions. As the number of Catholics in Berks County grew, so did the establishment of a number of convents of women religious [...]

27 05, 2020

St. Catharine’s Orphan Asylum for Girls

2021-01-25T08:31:48-04:00May 27th, 2020|Churches, Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

St. Catharine's Orphan Asylum for Girls was founded due to the generosity of Mrs. Catharine Madary, a Reading widow who passed away on May 22, 1871. Below: The photo below shows the small beginning of St. Catharine's Female Orphan's Asylum. Due to her [...]

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