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Boniface German Catholic Church
Paterson, Passaic County
Boniface doesn't seem to have changed much in the 130+ years of its
existence, although today there is no identifying sign to inform
us that it is even an active congregation. It stands on Main Street
at Slater, just a couple of blocks from St. John's Cathedral and
was undoubtedly erected by and for the influx of German Catholics
sometimes after 1860. There is also a German Lutheran or Reformed
church (very inactive--now used as a warehouse) adjacent to St. Michael's.
The postcard is probably from the 1920s.