Entrance to Saint George (Lithuanian) church, 1990.
Ethnic groups, led initially by German immigrants, pressed the Catholic Bishops for national parishes. Czechs, Poles, and Lithuanians demanded and got the same. The Irish churches were technically territorial parishes that were based solely on geographic boundaries. Realistically speaking, though, Saint Bridget, the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord, All Saints, and Saint David began as Irish-Catholic churches.

The stonework above the doorway here is Saint George slaying the dragon. The story (actually based on very ancient legends) can mean or impart many things -- such as slaying of evil, protection of young innocents, conversion from Paganism to Christianity, and more. For Lithuanians, the image parallels an ethnic icon, which is known as a Vytis. The Vytis consists of a knight on a white horse and recalls the medieval Lithuanian cavalry. Here it may represent the integration between faith and ethnicity.

The photograph above was taken June of 1990 -- on the final day for Saint George. The building was demolished in 1992, but not before certain fixtures of the church had been removed and sent to Lithuania.

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