Mount Carmel in Ashtabula, OH celebrates 125 years

Jun 12, 2022 163

BY: Warren Dillaway

Mount Carmel Church celebrated its 125th anniversary on Sunday with a special Mass and a lunch. "It reminds you (that) you stand on the shoulders of all that come before you," said the Rev. Raymond Thomas of the celebration that was planned by a 14-member committee. Thomas gave the welcome that led to numerous proclamation and resolutions from city, township and state government officials.

The Mass included two visiting priests,the Rev. Bill Kraynak and the Rev. Ron Nuzzi, who teaches at Notre Dame University in South Bend. The original Mount Carmel Church was opened with a Mass in 1903 as an ethnic parish. "The founders of the parish were immigrants primarily of Italian descent as well as Slovaks and Hungarians coming into East Ashtabula." 

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