In recording the history of St. Anthony Church, you cannot help being impressed by the many social events that occurred over the years and the loyalty and goodwill that existed between the parishioners and their pastors.
Croatian Families were already in the Shenango Valley in the late 1800s. After many years of struggle and disappointment, Bishop Gannon appointed the Reverend Leo Medic, a Croatian Franciscan, pastor of the Croatian people in the area in 1924. The first church, which was constructed in 1925, was destroyed by fire. The debt-ridden, independent church was subsequently purchased and transferred to the Croatian congregation in 1929. But with the steady growth of the congregation, a new church was dedicated in 1938.
A school opened in September 1960, staffed by the Daughters of Divine Charity. The construction of the school in 1959-1960 was organized by the pastor Fr. Zoran Ostojic. A spacious playground for the school was purchased in 1962. However, due to the economic decline in the valley between 1976 and 1989, the school was forced to close.
The church was completely renovated in 1964.
Thursday | 8:00 am
Sunday | 10:30 am
804 Idaho St
Sharon, PA 16146
Phone | (724) 342-7391
Fax | (724) 342-3349