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Subject: [PACAMBRI] Prince Gallitzin
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 20:06:03 EDT
I have just received my copy of The Catholic Register. There is very
interesting article on St. Jospeh Mission Church and Father Gallitzin.
Exerpts from the article below.
Exactly 169 years after he blessed the newly-built Saint Josph Mission Church
ar Hart's Sleeping Place, the presence of Father Demetrius Gallitizin was
felt at the Cambria County Landmark.
As Vicar General of Western Pa in the Diocese of Philadelphia Father
Gallitzin blessed St. Joseph Church on October 10,1830. On Sunday October
10,Bishop Joseph V. Adamec stood where the Rev. Prince once stood, Lifted the
Prince-Priest's chalice, consecrated a host baked on an iron once used by the
pioneer missionary, and listened to the music of Father Gallitizin's own
violin.Bishop Adamec expressed the hope that Father Gallitizin might someday
be recognized as a canonized saint, and asked the people to support such an
Bishop Joseph Adamec acknowledged the precense at the mass of Alice Michrina
who, with her late husband Michael, served for many years as the caretakers
of St. Joseph Mission Church. they did it with love Bishop Joseph said of
their efforts. The church is now cared for by Ken and Linda Morchesky who
open it to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays. Visits can also be arranged for
other times by contacting them at (814) 344-8060
Hatrs Sleeping Place was used as a rest stop by an early frontiersman
traveling along the Kittaning Trail. The oldest standing church structure in
the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, the log structure has been covered in white
shingles, though a portion of the original exterior can be viewed through a
window near the front door, Original prints of the Stations of the Cross by
Currier line the walls
The cemetery in front of St Joseph Mission Church is the last resting place
of John Weakland. Weakland is said to have defended the Prince-Priest from
angry parishioners, warding off their attack with a fence rail. Father
Gallitizin prophesied that someday a descendant of John Weakland would stand
at the altar at St. Joseph's as a priest-- a prophesy fulfilled by Father
Bernard Weakland in 1917.
When John weakland's body was exhumed from its original burial place in St.
Augustine, for reburial at Hart's Sleeping Place, the right arm raised to
defend Father Gallitizin was found to be incorrupt. Weakland's defense of
Father Galliis commemorated in one of the stained glass windows of St. Joseph