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Abington Journal

Abington Journal
June 15, 2011

Book details 10 church closings in the diocese

“Framing Faith: A Pictorial History of Communities of Faith,” written by Sarah Piccini with photography by Ivana Pavelka and ARTS Engage!, tells the story of the faith of immigrants and their descendants, spotlighting 10 Catholic churches in the Diocese of Scranton that were closed due to restructuring.

The churches, Sacred Heart, Mayfield; St. Anthony Of Padua, Scranton; St. Joseph, Scranton; Holy Family, Scranton; St. John The Evangelist, Scranton; St. Mary Of The Assumption, Scranton; St. Mary Czestochowa, Scranton; St. John The Baptist, Taylor; Immaculate Conception, Taylor and St. Michael, Old Forge have rich ethnic heritages. They are Polish, Slovak, Italian, German and Lithuanian parishes with long traditions and deep roots. According to the author, each church was founded by immigrant groups who came to the coal fields of the Lackawanna Valley with little more than their faith in God. Their churches served as the center of the community and touchstones of the Old Country. Framing Faith traces their histories from small beginnings through baptisms, weddings and funerals to their final celebrations. Throughout the text are images from each church, visual reminders of what was for many an important part of their lives. Piccini graduated from The University of Scranton with a degree in History and Communications. In 2010, she received a Master’s degree in History focusing on the ethnic and labor history of the Lackawanna Valley. She collaborates with the Lackawanna Historical Society on many projects and programs, and serves the Vice President of the board for the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates.

Pavelka is a co-founder and co-manager of the photographic gallery Camerawork in Scranton and is a professional photographer who has had solo and group shows. “Framing Faith: A Pictorial History of Communities of Faith” is published by Tribute Books. For details, contact 570. 876.2416 or visit

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