Rev Gaetano Federici

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REV. GAETANO FEDERICI, late pastor of St. Mary�s Roman Catholic Church, at Yatesboro, Armstrong county, was born at Castelgrande, Italy, May 12, 1876, a son of Dr. Vincini and Angeline (Masi) Federici. Dr. Federici was a prominent physician of Castelgrande for many years.

Entering the Muro Lucano Seminary, Father Federici was educated there and was graduated therefrom, being ordained to the priesthood in 1900. Immediately thereafter he came to the United States, and was made assistant pastor of St. Casimir and Diana�s Church at Punxsutawney, Pa., where he continued until the fall of 1904. In that year he was assigned to the parish of St. Mary�s, at Yatesboro, and began to build up the church. In the years that he was in charge his parish increased from fifty families to two hundred, the growth being steady and healthy. Through his efforts the magnificent new church edifice, which has a seating capacity of 350 people, was erected at a cost of $9,000, and in 1908 he built the parish house at a cost of $2,000. The church now has a membership of 1,500 souls.

Father Federici died in August, 1913. He was devotedly beloved in his congregation. A scholarly man, his knowledge of human nature and sympathies made him a wise guide for his charges, and won him the confidence and respect of all with whom he was brought into contact.

Source: Pages 918-919, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Jeffrey Bish for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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