I’ve been on this Church and stained glass window kick for a while now. Thanks to a number of comments about how beautiful Nativity BVM on 15th St was, I made arrangements with Father Glepko and dropped by one afternoon. I was blown away. Hope you are, too.
History of the Nativity of BVM Parish
Beginning in 1895, large numbers of Polish immigrants began to settle in Lorain, where they found employment on the docks and in the steel mills. They attended services at St. Mary’s Church but desired a pastor who could speak their own language. The pastor of St. Mary’s, Rev. Joseph Eyler, petitioned Bishop Ignatius Horstmann on their behalf for a priest conversant in Polish and the establishment of their own parish. However it was not until January 11, 1898, that the bishop was able to send Fr. Adolph Swierczynski to serve as the resident pastor for the Poles. Fr. Swierczynski also had charge over the Polish mission at Grafton, Assumption B.V.M., where he held services on the alternate Sundays that he was not in Lorain. The first Mass by the new pastor was said January 16, 1898. More here….
And more Nativity pictures here.