The Friends of St. Kieran's are devoted to the historical preservation of St. Kieran's Parish located in the historic Irish Valley of the northeast Pennsylvania anthracite coal region. St. Kieran's Church was closed in June, 2008.
Like many others, St. Kieran's is a casualty in the widespread restructuring and consolidation of Roman Catholic churches currently underway in America.
The Friends of St. Kieran's are a group of caring and committed individuals working together at the local, state, and national level to try to save St. Kieran's Parish for the purpose of its use as a cultural center and historic site. Although St. Kieran's is no longer active as a place of worship and some of the religious artifacts have been removed, it is the hope of the Friends to work with the Catholic Diocese to explore ways to allow several irreplaceable works of architectural art - including the mural of Bishop St. John Neumann's life and two stained glass windows donated by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Auxillary of the AOH.
St. Kieran's Church, Rectory, Convent, and School are a unique complex of buildings that capture the religious, social, educational, and cultural aspects of life in a rural Irish Catholic community of immigrants during the 1800's to present day. Built by the strong hands and meager wages of the Irish miners and their families, the parish has several distinct historical features.
The church was commissioned by the first American saint, Bishop John Neumann, not long before his death in 1860. St. Kieran's is the only church whose construction the Bishop personally oversaw on 3 separate visits to the site. St. Kieran's was rumored to be one of Bishop Neumann's favored parishes. The little church was named after a parish in Kilkenny, Ireland from where many of St. Kieran's parishioners orginally hailed. It is said that the good Bishop even learned to speak Gaelic so he could communicate with those Irish speaking parishioners of St. Kieran's and hear their confessions.
The Friends of St. Kieran's is a non-profit corporation. Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of every month at 7 pm in the Clover Fire Hall, Heckscherville, Pa.
Friends of St. Kieran's
18 Spruce St. Ashland, Pa. 17921
(570) 544-4929 (570) 874-1166
Legal services to the Friends of St. Kierans provided by:
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