ST. PETER CHURCH, the first German congregation formed in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, maintained the diocese's oldest church building in continuous use (1995), at 1533 E. 17th St. at Superior Ave. The parish originated in 1853, when Fr. John H. Luhr began to minister to the
By the fall of 1854, a combination church-school building was completed. Fr. Luhr opened a second school for the growing congregation, St. Bernhard's, on Irving (E. 25th) St. (later the nucleus of St. Joseph's Parish). Begun in 1857, the second (present) church was dedicated on 23 Oct. 1859. The total cost was $36,000, raised in small donations. Religious soon replaced lay teachers: the Brothers of Mary (1863) and the Daughters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (1864). A larger school was completed by 1874. The
From 1989-91 St. Peter's underwent a major $300,000 interior renovation. In the 1990s, St. Peter's established Adult Education and Outreach Services to supplement, and then replace, the high school program. In 1995 Fr. Robert Marrone served the church's 230 households.
Papers of St. Peter's Parish, Archives, Diocese of Cleveland.