Parish History

St. Ignatius Loyola Parish was founded June 1, 1965 by Bishop Joseph M. McShea.  
The original 475 families (separated from Sacred Heart Parish in West Reading) have
expanded to 3000 today.  This is in spite of a second separation of 300 families in
1982 to form another parish even farther west - St. Francis de Sales in Robesonia.

Under the direction of our first pastor, Father Joseph P. Radocha, and our
administrator, Father Robert J. Coll, the original buildings were constructed; convent,
school and church.  Original parishioners will, nonetheless, remember Masses and
socials in the West Lawn Fire Company Social Hall, and that is where the parish
community spirit began.

The spirit continued to grow as the community grew.  Father Stephen J. Bednarik,
Father John P. Sabas, Monsignor James A. Treston and Father Thomas J. Bortz
succeeded as leaders and pastors of our parish.

Our future is what we want it to be -- as parishioners!  In the words of our patron, St.
Ignatius Loyola, "we do all for the greater honor and glory of God".
St. Ignatius Loyola Parish
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