File #: 150251    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/26/2015 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/26/2015
Title: Honoring, recognizing, and celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Saint Laurentius School.
Sponsors: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Tasco
Attachments: 1. Signature15025100.pdf
Honoring, recognizing, and celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Saint Laurentius School.

WHEREAS, Saint Laurentius, the First Polish Speaking Catholic Church and School in Philadelphia, was founded in 1890; and

WHEREAS, Growing from humble beginnings, having collected $37.50 from 47 families, grew decades of tradition and positive community impact and successful Philadelphia citizens; and

WHEREAS, On January 29, 1882, the first meeting of organizers of Saint Laurentius Parish was held in Muellersken Hall on Third Street. These organizers petitioned the Archbishop of Philadelphia to send them a priest; and

WHEREAS, Rev. James F. Wood, Archbishop of Philadelphia was the founding priest of Saint Laurentius Parish. He and the first parishioners endured many obstacles, such as The Orange Men, as they erected their magnificent church at Berks and Memphis Streets in Fishtown; and

WHEREAS, Saint Laurentius School opened its doors in 1890 to immigrant children whose families wanted to educate them under the strong Catholic School educational model. They were also able to enjoy the freedom of using their native language while becoming successful Philadelphia citizens; and

WHEREAS, St. Laurentius School began as a Polish school for about fifty children in a local blacksmith shop. Father Malusecki, the pastor of St. Laurentius knew there was a need for a parochial school and invited four Felician Sisters from Detroit to take charge of the school. They meticulously taught in the basement of the church while the parish families built the school and not one single school day was missed.

WHEREAS, The current Saint Laurentius School was dedicated on October 29, 1899. The parish continued to flourish and created affiliations with groups that encouraged the physical, moral, and spiritual development of all children. Rev. Anthony Ziemba (or the beloved Fr. Tony) encouraged the community to make many major improvements to the school...

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