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The new St. Anthony Catholic Church was dedicated on Sunday, December 4, 1959. Beginning in 1995 it began sharing a pastor with nearby St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Hillsville. In June 2000 the St. Anthony and St. Lawrence Parishes were merged to form the new Christ the King Parish, but both churches remain open and continue to serve their local communities to this day. (c1970) Full Size
The interior of the sanctuary of the new St. Anthony Catholic Church, which opened in late 1959. (1980) Full Size
The stained glass window depicting Saint Anthony of Padua viewed from inside the church. (c1970) Full Size
Albert Spizzo #
I was an altar boy under Fathers Young, Bonfield and Frawley.
We lived on the east side of town in a Metropolitan Paving Brick Company house; had to walk each morning for 7:00 A.M. Mass.
It’s a shame they tore down that beautiful church.
Audrey Atherton #
So sorry they tore down that wonderful church on Oak Street. We had so many wonderful pot luck suppers there. My Grandfather, Anton Brncic, helped build that church and did all the brickwork on the Fathers house on Oak Street — across the street from my Grandparents home. My Grandmother, Anna, raised flowers all over their property, many were picked for the altar on Sunday. I remember Father Young and (my favorite) wonderful, jolly, Father Bonfield who shared so many Sunday dinners with us. Father Wm. Frawley gave me my first Holy Communion. The new church is beautiful – but so are my memories of the old church.
Bobbi Kramer #
Hello: I am seeking information of Father Francis Bailey. He was at St. Anthony’s in Bessemer in 1972 when he passed away. I am not sure how long he served there. I would love to have a picture of him. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
Jeff Bales Jr #
(EDITOR’S NOTE) Bobbi, I can tell you some basic information. The Reverend Francis J. Bailey (1903-1972) was a native of Uniontown PA. While serving as the pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Pittsburgh he was assigned to St. Anthony Church in June 1967. He served the Bessemer community until he was forced to step down in about August 1969 due to ill health. He was replaced by the Reverend Thomas Sullivan. Bailey spent time at a diocese home in Pittsburgh and soon retired for good in September 1970. He passed away on January 17, 1972, in a hospital in Jeanette PA. He was laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Connellsville PA. I’ll see about finding a photo and posting it on this page. Hope this helps. Jeff
Joel D'Orazio #
My father P. Arthur D’Orazio designed St. Anthony Catholic Church and many othe catholic churched in western PA and Eastern Ohio back in the 50s and 60s. He passes away at age 91 on Aug. 17, 2000.
Bob Donaldson #
I grew up on Oak st. and knew the three priest mentioned Young, Bonfield and Frawley. I also knew Audrey Brncic Atherton since I lived next to her grandparents only separated by a small fruit orchard. They also had a large garden. We played baseball on the old church parking lot. Everything talked about above was a staple of mid century Bessemer.