University of Minnesota

St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church (Streator, IL), Records

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church (Streator, Illinois).
Dates: 1884-1908
Abstract: Records (1884-1908) of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church consist of marriage, baptism, and death records.
Quantity: 1 microfilm reel.
Language: Mainly in English; some Latin.
Collection ID: IHRC2517

HISTORICAL SKETCH

St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Parish (Streator, Illinois) is the first Catholic parish established by Slovak immigrants in America. It was founded ca. 1883; its first priest was the Hungarian educated Rev. Joseph Kassalko, who arrived in 1884. Under the direction of Rev. Kassalko's successor, Rev. Ervin Gelhoff, the St. Stephen's School, run by Franciscan Sisters, opened in the fall of 1888, the first Slovak school in the United States. Rev. Gelhoff, together with Rev. Stephen Furdek, later helped to found the First Catholic Slovak Union, in 1890. A new church was built in 1906, a new school in 1912, a new rectory in 1926, and a convent in 1958.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church (Streator, IL) collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church (Streator, IL) collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Reseach Center, University of Minnesota.

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CITE AS

The St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church (Streator, IL) Records, Slovak American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Church records and registers--Illinois--Streator.
Slovak Americans--Illinois--Streator.

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