217 South Washington Street, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702, US

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Highlights from History of Saint Conrads Society

In  1842, Father Henry Fitzsimmons dedicated a wooden German Catholic  Church which was erected at 206 South Washington Street, Wilkes Barre,  Pa. This church was in use until 1887 when the larger present day Saint  Nicholas Church was constructed and dedicated by the Reverened Monsignor  Peter Conrad Nagel. 
 

The original wooden church was retained by the parish until 1924 when it  was demolished to provide space for the South Street Bridge. It was in  this structure in November 1890 that twenty-nine men from the parish  founded "St. Konrad's Verein" named in honor of St. Conrad of Bavaria in  Southeast Germany, and his namesake Monsignor Peter Conrad Nagel. Years  later the Society name was angloized to "St. Conrad's Y.M.  Society". 
 

The society and it's members participated in many community projects.  Included were a Drum and Bugle Corp, Baseball Team and a Glee Club.  Summer Picnics were held at Mountain Park with chartered trains  providing transportation. In more recent years, society sports minded  members have formed Bowling, Softball and Volleyball teams. Also  featured are Golfers, Dart and Pool Shooters and often bus trips to  sporting events of professional competition. 
 

Many members saw service and action in the U.S. Armed Forces during  World War I and II, Korea and Vietnam. Some of them returned  disabled in various ways, some never came back. May God Bless  Them All! 

With the removal of the old  wooden church and the construction of the South Street Bridge in 1924,  the Society relocated to the opposite side of the street to it's present  location which was originally a three-story appartment building.  Considerable expense and effort went into converting the Main Floor into  a service area and the Second Floor into a Meeting Hall. In 1964, the  Bar and the Kitchen were extensively modernized.
 

In June 1972...
 

Ladies Auxiliary History

When the society was seventy years old in 1960...
 

Saint Conrads Society - Yesterday and Today

The  evolution of St. Conrad's from Parish adjunct to seperate society is a  specific illustration of the "Americanization" process... 

Image of German Flag

Image of German Flag

History of St. Conrad of Parzham

Feast Day: April 21
St. Conrad of Parzham
(1818-1894) 

Conrad  spent most of his life as porter in Altoetting, Bavaria, letting people  into the friary and indirectly encouraging them to let God into their  lives.
 

His parents, Bartholomew and Gertrude Birndorfer, lived near Parzham,  Bavaria. In those days this region was recovering from the Napoleonic  wars. A lover of solitary prayer and a peacemaker as a young man, Conrad  joined the Capuchins as a brother. He made his profession in 1852 and  was assigned to the friary in Altoetting. That city’s shrine to Mary was  very popular; at the nearby Capuchin friary there was a lot of work for  the porter, a job Conrad held for 41 years.

At  first some of the other friars were jealous that such a young friar  held this important job. Conrad’s patience and holy life overcame their  doubts. As porter he dealt with many people, obtaining many of the  friary supplies and generously providing for the poor who came to the  door. He treated them all with the courtesy Francis expected of his  followers.

Conrad’s  helpfulness was sometimes unnerving. Once Father Vincent, seeking quiet  to prepare a sermon, went up the belltower of the church. Conrad  tracked him down when someone wanting to go to confession specifically  requested Father Vincent.

Conrad  also developed a special rapport with the children of the area. He  enthusiastically promoted the Seraphic Work of Charity, which aided  neglected children.

Conrad spent hours  in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. He regularly asked the Blessed  Mother to intercede for him and for the many people he included in his  prayers. The ever-patient Conrad was canonized in 1934.

St. Conrad of Parzham

St. Conrad of Parzham

History of Peter Conrad Nagel

Monsignor Peter Conrad Nagel
(1825-1911) 

Peter  Conrad Nagel (* 15. Mai 1825 in Grevenstein; † 12. März 1911 in  Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) wirkte missionarisch als katholischer  Priester in Pennsylvania.

Nach  Besuch der Volksschule in Grevenstein ging er von 1841 bis 1847 auf das  Arnsberger Gymnasium Laurentianum. Während des Theologiestudiums in  Münster gehörte er zu den Gründungsmitgliedern der Studentenverbindung  K.D.St.V. Sauerlandia Münster im CV. Nach dem Studium arbeitete er drei  Jahre als Hauslehrer für eine Gutsbesitzerfamilie im damals preußischen  Teil Polens in der Nähe von Marienburg. 1857 wanderte er in die USA aus  und trat in das Priesterseminar von Philadelphia ein. Im folgenden Jahr  übernahm er als Priester eine Pfarrei in Wilkes-Barre am Susquehanna  River, baute Kirchen in der Region und holte weitere Sauerländer als  Pfarrer für Scranton, Honnesdale und Williamsport nach. Für seinen  Geburtsort Grevenstein finanzierte er eine Wasserleitung, die  Conrad-Nagel-Stiftung für Aufgaben der Kirchengemeinde undeine  Studienstiftung, die vom Erzbistum Paderborn verwaltet wird.

Monsignor Peter Conrad Nagel

Monsignor Peter Conrad Nagel