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Erie County (PA) Genealogy

City of Erie - St Paul's Roman Catholic Church
Father Louis Marino

Contributed by Rick Landers

The information below has been extracted from the Souvenir Dedication Program, March 17, 1935, for Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church. The church, located in the City of Erie on Walnut Street between 16th and 17th, had its beginning in May 1891. Ground was broken for a new House of Worship on August 19, 1928, but the economic recession at the end of the 1920s resulted in a partially completed building. With renewed funding efforts about 1933, the building was completed. Images of the pages in the dedication program have been scanned and provided by Rick Landers. Various individuals have assisted in transcribing the documents for presentation here. This particular page has been transcribed by Genie Flahie.

Souvenir Dedication Program

Reverend Louis A Marino

Pastor of Saint Paulís Parish

Erie, Pennsylvania

FATHER MARINO was born in Cerisano, Province of Cosenza, Italy, June 24, 1876, the son of Peter and Angela (Pellegrino) Marino.At the age of eleven years, he was brought to America by his father, his mother had been taken away by death, who located at Alleghany, Cattaraugus County, New York.After attending the parish school, taught by the Franciscan Sisters, the young Louis returned to his native Italy, in 1891, where he spent two years.He returned to this country and began his preparation for Holy Orders at Winsted, Conn., from whence he at length returned to Allegany, N.Y., and completed his college course at Saint Bonaís [St. Bonaventure University], graduating in June, 1902.Having made due progress in the neighboring seminary, Major Orders were conferred on him by Bishop Fitz-Maurice, at Niagara University, in December, 1904; and on June 14, 1905, he was ordained priest by Bishop Colton ofBuffalo in the seminary chapel at Alleghany.There he also celebrated his first Holy Mass on June 25 (the Feast of Corpus Christi).

††††††††††† Reporting to Bishop Fitz-Maruice, by whom he had been retained, he was sent to Sharpsville, where he spent several months.He was then sent to Sharon, and next made acting pastor of St. Anthonyís at Farrell.While engaged in the latter parish, Father Marino was severely burned in a gas explosion at the place of his residence.The effects of the accident rendered him a comparative invalid for nearly three years, and left him considerably scarred about the face and body.Early in 1908, however, he again entered into regular service and was appointed to Saint Paulís, Erie, where his record of achievement outlined in the history of the parish is rich and full.

Father Louis Marino

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