Category Archives: Lorain

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Lorain’s late nineteenth century population boom, fueled primarily by the arrival of Johnson Steel Company and the rapid growth of the port town’s other industries, resulted in the establishment of a significant Polish population. Most of these Poles settled together around West Seventeenth Street and Long Avenue. Steadfast Catholics, they celebrated Mass at the Irish…

Church of the Redeemer

Credit: Sacred Landmarks Initiative

Lorain’s Church of the Redeemer began in the ballroom of the old Porter House on Ninth Street and Broadway Avenue. As early as 1889 a small group of Lorain Episcopalians met here to worship under the direction of a lay reader. In short order the Archdeacon Brown of Cleveland organized these fourteen families into an…

Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue

Credit: Sacred Landmarks Initiative

Click here to view an interview with Hyman and Frances Goldberg, long-time Lorain County residents and Agudath B’nai Israel congregants. This interview is part of the Sacred Landmarks Initiative’s ongoing oral histories project. Joachin Resek, Lorain’s first Jewish resident, arrived in 1884 and established a general store. Six years later, Lorain’s first Jewish child was…

St. Nicholas Byzantine Rite Catholic Church

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The future parishioners of St. Nicholas Church immigrated to Lorain at the beginning of the twentieth century, and worked hard to organize a community in order to preserve their unique faith and heritage. They attended St. Michael Hungarian Byzantine Church on Wood Avenue for a time, and briefly held their own Masses in Kohlmeyer’s Hall…