The idea for St. Patrick's church was born in 1848 by Father Moran of St. John's. Father Moran was more than just the leader of St. John's church. He had a hand in all aspects of building and running a church. He was an architect, builder and superintendent. He was born in Ireland, came to America in 1827 and ordained in 1832 and was a leader in the Temperance movement.
The land for St. Patrick's church, on the corner of Central Ave. and Washington St. was bought secretly and Father Moran served as the architect. The church was dedicated on March 17, 1850 by Bishop John Hughes of New York. The finished church was of brick Gothic structure and held 2,000 members. In 1853, the Diocese of Newark was formed with St. Patrick's as its cathedral. The parish schools were founded in 1859.
From: Rider's Newark 1916
St. Patrick's is an unpretentious Gothic structure of painted brick, and externally quite uninteresting. The interior, formerly adorned with a number of inferior mural paintings, has been recently redecorated in a somewhat ornate, but not unpleasing, color scheme of conventional traceries.
To the left of the main entrance is a Memorial Tablet (erected 1912) to John D. Gilmary Shea, "an eminent historian of the Roman Catholic Church i America"
The new cathedral, which is to be called not, St. Patrick's, but the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, in course if erection on the heights east of the southern end of Branch Brook Park, has been at a standstill for some fifteen years, and although work has been recently resumed, it will probably not be completed for several years longer.
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NOTE: Microfilm originals are at the church. There is a search fee of $20.00. The confirmations are in Latin The original records books of baptisms and marriages on roll 1398554 are all in Latin.