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 [...]

20 05, 2020

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church

2020-05-20T12:11:00-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches|0 Comments

Around beginning of the twentieth century, the first Ukrainian immigrants came to Reading from Western Ukraine and from the Southwestern part of the Carpathian mountain region, mainly from Lemko region. Deeply religious and closely attached to their Church, the Ukrainian immigrants were reluctant [...]

20 05, 2020

History of St. Margaret’s RC Church

2020-05-20T11:44:11-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

In 1920, St. Joseph's Church, 8th and Spring Streets, was the only Catholic Church in Reading north of Walnut Street. To accommodate the growing population in the northwest section of the city, Archbishop (later Cardinal) Dennis Dougherty, established St. Margaret's Parish on February [...]

20 05, 2020

History of St. Joseph’s Church RC Church

2020-05-20T10:55:59-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

On June 10, 1874; the Reverend A.D. Filan of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Reading, bought from the Reading Railroad Company the property on which St. Joseph's Church is situated today. The lot was 100 feet front by 115 feet deep, and on [...]

20 05, 2020

History of Saints Cyril and Methodius RC Church

2020-05-20T10:56:39-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

Around 1880, the first Slovaks came to Reading 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 Church, and then [...]

20 05, 2020

History of St. Mary’s RC Church, Reading

2020-05-20T00:24:36-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches, Schools|1 Comment

A skyline landmark in the southern section of the city, the steeples of St. Mary's Catholic Church rise above Twelfth and Spruce streets. Polish immigrants began arriving in Reading around 1850, seeking work and livelihood in the iron foundries here. The majority [...]

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