St. Mary's (German) Roman Catholic Church

Newark Abbey Church

528 Martin Luther King Boulevard 07102
Phone: (973) 792-5793, Fax: (973) 643-6922

1841 - Present

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Father and Six Sons Built Scaffold on Church Tower - December 10, 1916 - Newspaper Article

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church was organized in 1841. Work on the church at Grand and Court Streets began in 1841 with the first mass being celebrated on January 31, 1842. On September 5, 1854 the church was ransacked by marchers of the American Protestant Association Lodge of New Jersey during a parade, destroying its organ, chairs and doors. An Irish onlooker was killed by gunshots during the fight. In 1857 the church building was put on rollers and moved to the site on High Street. It was dedicated on December 20, 1857. The parish school was founded in 1863. On December 19, 1884 the church was raised to an abbey.

From: Rider's Newark 1916

The interior is highly decorated with mural paintings and memorial windows

Over the altar are figures of the Virgin Mary, St. Boniface and St. Benedict; below are the four evangelists. The nave is supported upon rows of arches, resting on massive pillars. Above these arches are paintings of the principal scenes in the life of the Saviour. Above the arch of the sanctuary is The Coronation of the Virgin. Above a side altar at the northeast corner, is preserved under glass the mutilated gilded figure of the Blessed Virgin, which together with the earlier St. Mary's Church on this same site was destroyed by a band of rioting Orangemen from New York, September 5, 1854.

Reverends Addresses LDS FHC
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Reverend From To
Nicholas Balleis 1841 1855
Martin Hasslinger 1855 1855
Valentine Felder 1856 1857
Rupert Seidenbusch 1857 1857
Oswald Moosmuller 1867 1871
Romanus Hill 1868 1871
Bruno Reiss 1870 1872
Bernardine Dolwick 1870 1874
William Walter 1870 1874
Mellitus Tritz 1873 1877
P. Leonard Mayer 1871 May 18, 1875 (Death)
L. Kettner 1874 1877
Alphonse Heimler 1875 1877
P. Bernard Manzer 1875 June 17, 1882 (Death)
Cortrinian Gastbihl 1877 1881
William Walter 1882 1883
Gerard Pilz 1882 1885
James Zilliox February 11, 1885 October, 1886
Cornelius Eckl 1887 1889
Polycarp Scherer 1890,1897 1894, <1920>
Hilary Pfraengie November 16, 1886 <1906>
Alexander 1897 <1900>
Maurus 1897 <1900>
Ernest Helmstetter <1910> <1940>
William Koelhoffer <1910> <1910>
Benedict Flum <1915> <1915>
     
     
     
     
Celestine E. Staab <1942>  


Address From To
Grand Street c. Court Street 1842 December 20, 1857
261 High Street December 20, 1857 1869
526, 528, 532 High Street (number change from above) 1870  
     


LDS FHC Microfilm #'s

Information Starting Year Ending Year LDS Microfilm #
Baptism, Marriage, Death  1842  1857  1398595 
Baptisms 1858 1908 1398595 
Marriages 1858 1927 1398595 
Marriages 1927 1939 1398596
Deaths 1858 1937 1398596
Confirmations/Communions 1858 1944 1398596
Baptisms (Ivy Hill) 1908 1928 1398596

Archive Information (Last Known location)

Newark Abbey Archives