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St. Casimir Parish

629 Hess Ave.
Erie, PA 16503
Founded 1914
In 2009 - St. Casimir Parish merged with St. Ann's and Holy Family to form: Our Mother of Sorrows Parish



Parish History

In 1990 Bishop Michael Murphy reassigned the priests of St. Ann, St. Casimir and Holy Family Churches and united these three parishes under the direction of one pastor. He appointed Rev. Robert Craig to this position and then after one year, Rev. James T. O'Hara, another native son and former assistant pastor of Saint Ann's, became the pastor of the tri-parish cluster. It was a formidable task that faced Fr. O'Hara. Each of the three parishes retained their own name, each retained its own boundaries, its own church, rectory, and other buildings, its own spiritual and social organizations and its own ethnic identity. Nevertheless it was the obligation of the new pastor to preserve all of these unique qualities in each parish and yet combine their spiritual, financial, and material well being under his care.

Fr. O'Hara has succeeded beautifully in all of these efforts with the help and cooperation of the loyal and faithful members of St. Ann's, St. Casimir's and Holy Family Parishes now united in the eastside cluster to seek in bring the Blessing of the Father to all who are bound through this community of Faith. Know that, through the Son flows the Blessings of the Father offered through the embracing Love given by Spirit.

History of St. Casimir Church. Diamond Jubilee 1914-1989 St. casimir Church, Erie, PA. CAP at Orchard Lake.

A history of the Polish Roman Catholic parishes in western Pennsylvania & their contribution, Rev. Joseph L. Sredzinski, Everson, Penna. 2000, p. 100-101.

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We ask you to make an effort to help preserve your parish history as a memorial to all the parishioners who have contributed to making it a magnificent place of worship. We ask you to check the correctness of information about this parish and let us know if it’s incorrect.
May God reward your kindness!


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