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 [...]

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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