The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 2, 2011

St. Benedict’s celebrates a century

Bill Eggert

JOHNSTOWN — Recently, at the second annual “Moxham in Monochrome” photography exhibition, I ran into an old classmate of mine from St. Benedict’s Grade School.

Rick and I spent eight years there before graduating and moving on to Richland High School.

We had literally not seen each other since high school, but reminisced about our days at St. Benedict’s, where we were taught by nuns as well as lay teachers. We remembered one particular older nun who used to throw erasers at students who were daydreaming or talking during class.

Those kids were always identified by the chalk dust covering their school uniforms as they left her classroom.

On Sunday, St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Geistown will mark its 100th anniversary.

Father David Peles, our popular pastor, is serving his second tour of duty at St. Benedict’s – but his first as pastor. He is ably assisted by Fathers Derek Fairman and Michael Wolfe, the latest in a long line of priests who have faithfully served this large parish, along with Deacon Michael Russo.


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