Father Michael Franz and Lorraine Mielnik Interview, 2011

This is an interview with Father Michael Franz Pastor of St. Stephen Church and Lorraine Mielnik, Parish Secretary. After introductions there is some background history of St. Stephen's Church. It was established in 1873 to serve the German speaking Catholics of the community. The founding pastor was Father Stephen Falk from Switzerland and a German presence was prevalent until World War I. Next there is discussion about the architecture of the church and parish population. The German identity is now gone and there is some ethnic mix. Neighborhood outreach, community service and the school is discussed. Mielnik discusses the architecture and gives tours. The church is on the city tour. There is some talk about saving the church from closure and what the future may hold for the church.

Participants: Franz, Michael (interviewee) / Mielnik, Lorraine (interviewee) / Lanese, James (interviewer) / Valore, Kenneth (interviewer)
Collection: Sacred Landmarks
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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