Erie County (PA) Genealogy

City of Erie - St Paul's Roman Catholic Church
Societa Nazionale di Montenaro

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 Kathie Stravato.


SOCIETA NAZIONALE di MONTENARO

This Society is of recent origin.  It dates back to a day in April of last year (1934), when two energetic sisters, Mrs. Rachel CUCCHIONE and Miss Sue PHILLIPS, conceived the idea of banding together the married women whose families derived from the beautiful Val Cocchiaro, in the Montenaro country, in southern Italy.  The motives in the promotion of the idea were twofold:  that of church assistance and of mutual aid to the members, i.e., in furthering the religious, social and economic condition  of the membership.  After interviewing a number of prospective candidates, the first organization plans were launched at a meeting held on May 3, 1934, from which an intelligent and compact group of ambitious women was formed with a definite constitution.

The men of the parish from the Montenaro country had already been organized for some years and this group aided the women’s venture in many ways until it was able to function for itself.  A reason for the healthy growth  of the Society is attributed to the fine leadership of the first president elected, Mrs. Domenica Yacobozzi, a woman of vast experience in social work, whose enthusiasm and boundless energy were immediately contagious.

At the present writing this Society  has behind it a fine record of cooperation in parish work.  Innumerable social events, assistance at bazaars, Italian Day, etc.,  helped greatly in the realization of the dream of the Italian Colony, the opening of  the new church building.

The present officers are:

President - Mrs. Domenica YACOBUZZI

Vice President - Mrs. Rachel CACCHIONE

Corresponding Secretary - Mrs. Ligia YACOBOZZI

Financial Secretary - Miss Sue PHILLIPS

Treasurer - Mrs. Giovanna NARDUCCI

Assistant Corresponding Secretary - Mrs. Tilba MONTEVECCHIO

Assistant Financial Secretary - Mrs. Florence PALLOTTO

General Controller - Mrs. Maria PALERMO

Controller - Mrs. Adella MIRALDI

Controller - Mrs. Julivia DiNICOLA

 

The present members are as follows:

Rachel CACCHIONE

Sue PHILLIPS

Juliva (sic) DiNOCOLA

Maria PALERMO

Constantia PALLOTTA

Mary ORLANDO

Maria DiNICOLA

Lisabeth SURACE

Florence ZIROLI

Flora FIORENZO

Tilba MONTEVECCHIO

Carmella SAMBUCHINO

Lily YACOBOZZI

Lucia DiMARCO

Carmella CASERTA

Josephine RICCHUTTI

Grace DiFILIPPO

Florence PALLATTO

Anna LOMBARDOZZI

Lena MACERTA

Anna CACCHIONE

Laura BERADUCCI

Amelia PRESOGNA

Anna SCALZITTI

Clara PHILLIPS

Pasqua MANNERELLI

Candita YACOBOZZI

Theresa DiMARCO

Giovanna NARDUCCI

Mary DiMARCO

Anna COLONNA

Josephine SCALZITTI

Vincenza LUCIANO

Rachel SCALZITTI

Amalia SCALZITTI

Adella MIRALDI

Maria COLONNA

Celia PRESOGNA

Maria JENCO

Theresa PALERMO

Assunta FABRIZO

Candita MONTEVECCHIO

Armida TOTLEBEN

Mary  DiNICK

Catherine DiNICK

Maria DiNICOLA

Domenica YACOBOZZI

Jennie ORLANDO

Tulia RICCHUTTI

Mary MINECHELLI

Thersa SPERDUTO

Maria DiMARCO

Vincenza ORLANDO

 

Montenaro Society


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