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Toledo Polish Churches

The Roman Catholic faith was central to the lives of the Polish immigrants who arrived in the Toledo area from 1870 to 1920. The Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland ordered the founding of Saint Hedwig Church on Lagrange Street in 1875 for North Toledo Poles (Lagrinka).  Across town in Kuhschwantz, Polish immigrants first worshipped at Saints Peter and Paul Church; in 1882, Saint Anthony Church, at Junction and Nebraska Avenues, met the spiritual needs of South Toledo Poles.

In 1908, Saint Adalbert Church was built just down the street from Saint Hedwig Church. Saint Stanislaus Church, further south along Detroit Avenue near Nebraska Avenue, followed that same year. Two decades later in 1927, Saint Hyacinth Church was established on Parkside Boulevard in South Toledo. These five national churches continued the liturgical traditions of Polish Roman Catholics through the Latin Mass, Polish songs and Polish sermons. Processions, Gorzkie Zale during Lent, Koledy at Christmas, and wedding and funeral traditions enriched the lives of the immigrants and their American-born children. Polish Americans built their communities around these churches and parish schools. They formed many organizations from religious societies to fraternal organizations, and from sports teams to civic groups.

Saint John the Baptist Church, Saint Vincent de Paul Church and Regina Coeli Church in North Toledo are additional churches with a large number of Polish American parishioners. This is also true of Nativity Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Little Flower Church, Saint Patrick of Heatherdowns Church and Saint Jude Church in South Toledo. Two other churches must be mentioned: Saint Mary Magdalene Church now joined with Saint Cyril and Methodius Church as All Saints Church, across the Maumee River in Rossford, Ohio and Saint Casimir Church in Fremont, Ohio.

Toledo Polish Genealogical Society wanted to provide you with the histories and photographs of our historic churches. Historical photographs of the churches are from the Catholic Diocese of Toledo Archives, and are published here by permission of the diocesan archives. To print the pages for your personal use, click on the grey print button at the top of each page; this will enable you to print the pages in black ink on a white background. Each church history will be a valuable addition to your family history.