Our church was founded in 1842 to serve the German settlers from Bavaria. Like the town, the Parish was also placed under the patronage of Mary, our most Blessed Mother. Growth came with the arrival of relatives and friends of the early settlers, then with the arrival of the Irish, who came with the early railroads. Many of the other ethnic backgrounds eventually moved to the area and worshiped in the parish eventually making it not only Catholic in faith, but Catholic in the acceptance of all enrolled as parishioners.
In 168 plus years of growth, our Parish has striven to grow in its relationship with Jesus Christ. This growth coming from the one thing in life with real meaning, accepting His Life and Love under His leadership, and celebrating His Sacraments.
We are a Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, staffed in the very early years by the Redemptorist Fathers and more recently (mid 1800’s) by priests of the Order of St. Benedict, from St. Vincent Arch-abbey, Latrobe, PA.
May the peace and blessings of Jesus be with you as you learn more of our life as a parish in the pages of this web site.