St. Anthony has been located at the corner of Sixth and Russell streets on Charleston’s west side since 1908, when it was estabished as a “national” parish catering primarily to people of Polish descent who worked at the Kelly Ax factory on Patrick Street and was first named St. Ladislaus. A decade later, many of the Polish people had moved away and the church was established as a “territorial” parish. In 1920 St. Anthony of Padua became the patron saint of the parish.
In 1922 St. Anthony School was built and opened, with nuns arriving to teach in the school the following year. The parish and school continued to grow in the following decades, highlighted by the 35 year tenure of Father Cuthbert Schoeppner, who served as the parish priest from 1935-1969. The present church was built and dedicated in 1955 and the rectory across the street in 1966.
The school continued in operation with lay teachers until the last of the Stella Franciscan nuns left in 1976. The parish built a new gymnasium / kitchen cafeteria addition to the school in 1981. However enrollment in the school began to decline in the 1990s and the school was closed in 2011. The original building was torn down, while the more recent addition serves as a Parish Center.
From the beginning this parish has been served by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars.
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