The parish was founded on April 11, 1928, at the direction of Cardinal Dennis Dougherty with the purchase of a tract of farmland bound by Vista Street to the north, Shelmire Avenue to the south, Large Street to the east, and Caster Avenue to the south. The purchase price was $60,000. The farmland belonged to three families: the Fields, the Fishers, and the Roberts. The Roberts’ land had been granted to the family by William Penn, and included a Revolution-era farm house that was located on what would eventually become the corner of Caster Avenue and Faunce Street. The Roberts farm house remained a fixture in the neighborhood until demolished in the 1950s.
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