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(E) St. Mary's Preservation Society
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  04/2/2002 | Religion | Unrated
(E) St. Mary's Preservation Society

Rudy Pavlick
P.O. Box 7585
Steelton, PA 17113
Phone: 717-939-9411
Fax: 717-939-1050

St. Mary's Preservation Society 

Preserving Croatian Heritage 

We are a group of people supporting the preservation of Croatian culture and tradition in our communities, 
in our homes and in our church.

The Croatian community here in Central PA. came into being in the 1890's. Most of the Croatian people that 
migrated to this area ended up in Steelton, and the community grew.

In the early days, a Croatian priest came to the area to minister to the Croatian Catholic community and in 
1898, he was given permission to establish the second Croatian Catholic church in America. On October 28, 
1898, the church was dedicated in a solemn ceremony to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The 
church and the parish came to be known as St. Mary's .

The Bishop of Harrisburg contacted the Franciscan Friars for Croatian speaking priests to serve the faithful. 
They served the parish until the suppression in 1995. 

In 1954, Fra. Vilim Primorac, a Croatian Franciscan assigned to our parish, realized that the traditions 
brought here by the Croatian immigrants were still very much alive. He wanted to add more of the 
Croatian culture to these traditions and started the musical song and dance group known as 'KOLO CLUB 
MARIAN'. The group is still in existence today.

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