In 1915-1916, Rev. Raphael Hubert Dignan, while fulfilling his responsibilities as Vicar of the English Parish of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, was responsible for the religious caretaking of Poles in English. He conducted Mass for Poles, and one of the Polish immigrants translated it from English into Polish. In October 1916, Rev. Jan Andrzejewski from the USA, nominated by Bishop Michael Fallon as the organizer and priest of the Polish parish, began the Polish priesthood.
In the beginning, the Church of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception was the home of the Polish priesthood, and later, St. Ann’s Church in Walkerville fulfilled this function. Meanwhile, attempts were made to build an independent Polish church. At the end of 1916, Construction Committee was formed. The land on which the church would be built was donated by Walter Boug.
Construction lasted 5 months, and the first Mass was celebrated in the new church on Easter Sunday 1918. Holy Trinity Church was blessed by Bishop Fallon in 1919. The 360-person church has a parish hall with a stage in the basement. Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception Parish donated an organ to the church in 1918.
The presbytery was built in 1950 to replace the small building, which had previously been used for this purpose. For the 40th anniversary of the parish in 1956, Rev. Ludwik Kociszewski renovated the interior of the church and vestry.
On December 12, 1965, the opening and blessing of the convent of the Ursulan Sisters SJK, who had been working with the parish, took place. In June 1978, 3 parcels of land and a house on Lake Erie were purchased as a picnic area for the parish.
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