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St. Bernards Roman Catholic Church
Rockaway Township, Morris County

St. Bernards, I have been assured, is little changed since it was erected in 1869. There is a new façade and a small addition, but in other respects the original wooden frame church is intact. It is a small building, considered a mission out of St. Mary's in Dover, and erected after the parish had been ejected from the building they had put up in Mt. Hope over a dispute with the donor of the land, according to one source, or because the church had rented the building to the public school during the week according to another. It was called the Mt. Hope Roman Catholic Church, but reverted to the name of the original parish in 1875. St. Bernards was organized in 1840, undoubtedly to serve Catholics brought in from Germany and Ireland to work the mines and forges.




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