St.  Anthony's  HISTORY   BY  DECADES  

1963 in History    Lyndon Baines Johnson is inaugurated President following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Friday, November 22. Already in police custody, on November 23 Lee Harvey Oswald is formally charged with the assassination. The next day Jack Ruby kills Oswald. The Warren Commission is formed to study the assassination. The Cold War, the Space Race and the Vietnam War are all going on; astronaut Gordon Cooper flies the last Mercury mission; Medgar Evers is assassinated; singer Patsy Cline is killed in an airplane crash; The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is published launching the womens’ movement; Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28—to an audience of 250,000 people; Beatlemania begins with the popularity of the song, I Want to Hold Your Hand.

 

1963 at St. Anthony's    Fr. Hartnett resigns for health reasons on May 24. On August 11 Rev. Alphonse Marcincavage takes over as pastor; assistant priests are Rev. Richard Waldron, Rev. Stephen Sheets, and Rev. K. H. Martini; the new Legion of Mary is in operation; Sacred Heart Academy has been deemed structurally damaged by the Holy Cross Motherhouse and has been closed since 1958. The Diocese of Harrisburg buys the property and the decision is made to tear down the school and make the area into a parking lot. The wrecking ball does its work on September 30. The parking lot is finished by June 1964. Many parishioners resent the razing of the beloved school. This, coupled with the fund drive for Reilly Hall at Catholic High, contributes to the falling of the weekly collection for the church. Expenses are high because of refurbishing the new convent for the Sisters and the construction of the new parking lot. The parish falls into serious debt.

 

 
On the left in this picture is the last view of the original building of Sacred Heart Academy. At the right is the heaped remains of the rest of the structure. Our church parking lot exists on the spot today at the southeast corner of East Orange and North Ann Streets.
 
An extensive three-story addition (to left of tree) to the residence at 533 East Orange Street served as the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Cross until 2003. Today the convent remains an integral part of parish life housing ministries, religious education, and activity groups. The building's chapel remains available to parishioners for meditation around the clock.

 

 

1973 in History    Richard M. Nixon is President; Lyndon Johnson dies on January 22 making Nixon our only living President; the Vietnam War ends; CBS sells the New York Yankees to George Steinbrenner for $10 million; the first hand-held cell phone is produced by Martin Cooper in New York City; Federal Express begins; the Sears Tower is finished and becomes the world’s tallest building; Elvis Presley appears in his famous Hawaii concert; Secretariat wins The Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, Belmont, and Preakness Stakes); Skylab is launched; Henry Kissinger becomes Secretary of State; Spiro Agnew resigns as Vice President and is replaced by Gerald Ford; the Watergate Scandal begins, escalates, and culminates in the resignation of Richard Nixon on November 27. Gerald Ford becomes President.

 

 

Rev. Joseph McManus, CSsR

1973 at St. Anthony's    The Rev. Joseph McManus, CSsR is the pastor. The Redemptorists have been serving at St. Anthony’s since 1967 when Rev. Charles O’Leary, CSsR took over for diocesan priest Fr. Marcincavage. Assistants are Rev. Thomas Rowan, Rev. John Duffy, and Rev. Vincent Crotty. The parish has celebrated a 100th Anniversary year in 1970; many tourists to Lancaster County have begun coming to Mass on Sundays at St. Anthony’s; the parish has been enjoying Masses on Saturday evening, as begun by Bishop Joseph Daley; the Parish Council is once again organized; the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross celebrates the 100th anniversary of their work in the Diocese of Harrisburg on December 9 with a Mass and a program, followed by a tea; historic tableaus depicting the Sisters’ history and their service to the parish are enacted by the students of St. Anthony’s School. The students are directed by the school principal, Sister Rose Alma, CSC.

 
 

 

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Sisters of the Holy Cross' educational mission in our school, Sister gently places the cast members in this 1973 production in the school cafeteria.

 

 

1983 in History    Ronald Reagan is President; the economy begins recovery; the third Monday of every January is designated as a national holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first woman in space; Space Shuttle Challenger is launched with Guion Bluford as the first African American astronaut; Tom Brokaw becomes lead news anchor on NBC; 11-year-old Samantha Smith is invited to the Soviet Union to meet General Secretary Yuri Andropov in answer to a letter she wrote to him; Mt. Kiluea in Hawaii erupts; Michael Jackson performs the first “moonwalk” at Motown to music from his Killer album; Return of the Jedi and Flashdance are the top movies of the year.

 

1983 at St. Anthony's    Rev. William Geiger, CSsR is pastor. Assistants are Rev. Charles McDonald and Rev. Vincent Crotty. Fr. Geiger’s “Silent Witness” homily in 1980 launched a building campaign for external church repairs and, thanks to parish pledges, the renovation is well in evidence by 1983. Fr. Geiger has also been in evidence when most of the work was being done, even enjoying a ride in a cherry picker to visit the St. Anthony statue’s perch on the front of the church; a “Respect Life” shrine is dedicated in the baptismal alcove on the west side of the church. Parishioner James Ruof paints the words above the stained glass window of John the Baptist; Sr. Joanella, CSC, is principal of St. Anthony School; 4th grade student Danh Dinh wins the school slogan contest with the phrase “St. Anthony is the name. Education is the game.” The custom of Manna Bags for Thanksgiving begins.

 

 
Fr. Geiger and "St. Anthony" inspecting the repair job. This 1983 vista remains the same today.  
1983 4th grader Danh Dinh's winning slogan.

 

 

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