This website was created for and is devoted to St. Anthony Society located in New Castle, DE
The Italian community of New Castle was not organized into any type of organization until the formation of the St. Anthony’s Society in 1932 and the St. Anthony’s Club in 1933. The men would come together and deputize a committee to serve the needs of the community as these needs presented themselves.
Prior to the formation of the society, these men were brought together for the celebration of St. Anthony’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day.
Father Edward Lienhouser saw the need to organize this group and the Society was formed in 1932 to take over the celebration of these feasts as well as other customs carried on by the community.
The co organizers and first officers of St. Anthony’s Society were Vincent Coccia President, Guido DeAscanis SR. Vice President, Pierino Pierantozzi Secretary, and Luigi Marcozzi Treasurer. It was an officially recognized parish organization.
Meetings were held monthly as well as monthly attendance at Mass and Communion in a body. On the Sunday before Christmas and on Palm Sunday, the Communion breakfast followed the corporate monthly Mass and Communion. World War 11 brought a halt to the monthly attendance of Mass in a body, but the custom of Christmas and Easter Communion continued.
Whereas in the beginning, it was strictly a men only function, today the entire family attends the Mass and Communion and the Breakfast. A guest speaker is featured and an annual award to a deserving member of the Italian Community has been added.
Chris DeAscanis - President
Henry Gambacorta - Vice President
Gabe Alvini - Secretary
Daniel Susi - Treasurer
We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. Your contribution today helps us make a difference.
1017 Gray St, New Castle, DE 19720, US