Remembering The Past: More History Of St. Theresa Of The Child Jesus Church In Linden

by Diane Norek Harrison

LINDEN-Here is more from the material sent to me by Walter Tylicki on St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish:

Improvements on the church and school continued; in the spring of 1962, the entire church was air-conditioned. To provide eating facilities for the school children and sisters, a cafeteria was built and completed on April 2, 1962. In 1963, additional improvements were made in the school building. New doors were installed in the entire school and the kindergarten classroom was renovated and extended. On Feb. 10, 1963, there was a need for a school library, which opened its doors with 2,575 volumes and many visual aides. In 1964, the school corridors, auditorium and cafeteria were renovated and tiled.


In Nov. 1965, major improvements were made to the church. The entire church was repainted and the side altars of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Sacred Heart were finished in mosaic tiles.

The blessings continued to be showered upon St. Theresa’s Church. On June 1, 1969, Rev. Robert Babulski offered up his first Mass in his home church. A year later on May 30, 1970, Rev. Joseph Bejgrowicz celebrated his first Mass at St. Theresa’s Church.

Fr. Stachowiak purchased a new organ on Oct. 15, 1970. The following month, on Nov. 22, 1970, a beautiful dedication ceremony and concert was held to commemorate its installation.

On Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 25, 1970, a fire hit St. Theresa’s Church. The fire in the basement of the church was confined to the stage and burned nearby equipment. The fire itself did not cause a great loss, but the smoke and soot traveled throughout the church causing extensive damage to the entire interior. The damage from the smoke and soot required the new organ to be dismantled, cleaned, reassembled and the entire church to be repainted.

On Sept. 1, 1971, Rt. Rev. Canon Dr. Stanislaus Stachowiak, J.C.D., became Pastor Emeritus. He resided in the Parish rectory and assisted in some priestly duties. On May 12, 1976, Our Heavenly Father called to his side Rev. Father Stachowiak. On Oct. 16, 1971, Fr. Vincent Bukowski was assigned to the duties of Pastor.

On June 23, 1973, the Bishop appointed Fr. Miodowski to be Pastor of Sacred Heart Church in No. Bergen. Shorlty after, on Jan. 5, 1974, Fr. Ferdinand Miller was appointed as Pastor of St. Benedict’s Church in Newark. On June 6, 1974, the bishop assigned Fr. Thomas Ciba to St. Theresa’s. Fr. Ciba, with thoughts of applying himself to other priestly work, moved on to Our Lady of Mercy in Jersey City, on June 21, 1975. Fr. Bukowski continued the administrative and spiritual duties of a Pastor with the assistance of visiting priests. On Sept. 18, 1975, Fr. Bukowski organized the Parish Council of St. Theresa’s Church.

Thank you Mr. Tylicki! I will have some history of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Linden from Mr. Tylicki in future columns!

Have some a history of a church, long-time past or present business or organization and want to share?

If you have your own memories or past material for Clark, Elizabeth, Linden, Rahway  or Roselle you can email me c/o or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media 1139, East Jersey St,. Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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