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PARISH INFORMATION

- Pastoral Staff -
Phone Directory Pastor Mission Statement
Parish Office: 330-733-9944
Parish Fax: 330-733-9424
School Office: 330-784-1711
School Fax: 330-733-1004
Religious Education Office: 330-784-7328
Fr. Mike Williamson



REV. MICHAEL WILLIAMSON

gmichael@stmatthewparish.net
We, the community of Saint Matthew Parish, are a people who proclaim and reach out with the Good News to all. As Catholic Christians, we celebrate our redemption in prayer, Word, Sacrament and service. We commit ourselves to be an expression of God’s love to one another, using the gifts He has given to us by providing leadership, educating our youth, offering fellowship and giving hope to the broken hearted. We rely upon the Holy Spirit to empower us as we joyfully accept Jesus’ call to share in His ministry.
 
Parish School Principal Director of Faith Formation Director of Music Ministry
Mrs. Erin Faetanini



MRS. ERIN FAETANINI

efaetanini@stmatthewparish.net
Jessica Plaspohl



MRS. JESSICA PLASPOHL

jplaspohl@stmatthewparish.net
Mrs. Bridget Jankowski



MRS. BRIDGET JANKOWSKI

bjankowski@stmatthewparish.net
 
Admin. Assistant / Office Manager Religious Education Secretary Parish Bookkeeper
Ms. Kathy Strasser



MS. KATHY STRASSER

kstrasser@stmatthewparish.net
Mrs. Kit Dubravitz



MRS. KIT DUBRAVETZ

kdubravetz@stmatthewparish.net
Mrs. Lisa Macdougall



MRS. LISA MACDOUGALL

lisamac@stmatthewparish.net
 
Maintenance Staff Maintenance Staff Maintenance Staff
Mr. John Patton



MR. JOHN PATTON

jpatton@stmatthewparish.net
Mr. Billy Olsen



MR. OLSEN

bolsen@stmatthewparish.net
Mr. Mark McDaniel



MR. MARK McDANIEL

mmcdaniel@stmatthewparish.net
 
- History -
On August 18, 1943, Archbishop Edward F. Hoban established the seventeenth parish in Akron – the Parish of Saint Matthew. The Reverend Robert R. Wingerter was appointed as the founding pastor. The first Mass was offered on Sunday, September 12, 1943 in the auditorium of the former Ellet High School, currently Ritzman Elementary School. Mass was celebrated there until 1946.

Charles and Salome Reymann donated about two and one-half acres of land for the site of our parish. The plot of land is located east of Canton Road, between Berne and Benton Streets, with Woolf Street as the eastern boundary. The first building was completed in the fall of 1946; a Church and meeting hall (our present library now occupies part of this space). The first Mass was celebrated in the Church on November 11, 1946.

On September 7, 1949, Saint Matthew Parish School opened its doors for the first time. The convent for the Sisters of St. Dominic was completed shortly after the school opened. Our present Church and an addition to the school were completed in 1956. In 1960 the present rectory was completed. The most recent building addition, the social hall, was completed in 1980 and renamed in 1990 the Father Silva Center, in honor of our fourth pastor.
 
- Location -
Address:
2603 Benton Avenue
Akron, OH 44312


From the West:
Take the Akron Expressway East (Rout 77S) to the central interchange. Then take route 76 East (that is continue straight) to the East Market St./ Mogadore Rd. exit. Turn Right onto East Market St. Remain on East Market St. to the sharp right turn where it now becomes Canton Rd. Three blocks after the hard right turn, there is a school crossing sign suspended across the road. This is Berne St. Turn left onto Berne St.

From the East: As you approach, heading West on Route 76, exit onto East Market St./ Mogadore Rd. Turn Left on East Market St. Remain on East Market St. to the sharp right turn where it now becomes Canton Rd. Three blocks after the hard right turn there is a school crossing sign suspended across the road. This is Berne St. Turn left onto Berne St.

From the South: Take Route 77 North to the Central Interchange then take Route 76 East. Exit at East Market St./ Mogadore Rd. Turn Right onto East Market St. Remain on East Market St. to the sharp right turn where it now becomes Canton Rd. Three blocks after the hard right turn, there is a school crossing sign suspended across the road. This is Berne St. Turn left onto Berne St.

From the North: Take the Akron Expressway (Rt. 8) South, to the Central Interchange. Take Route 76 East to the East Market St./ Mogadore Rd. exit. Turn Right onto East Market St. Remain on East Market St. to the sharp right turn where it now becomes Canton Rd. Three blocks after the hard right turn, there is a school crossing sign suspended across the road. This is Bern Street. Turn left onto Bern Street.

Please note that the church and school parking lots are located at the corners of Berne Street and Wolf Avenue. The parish business office and rectory are located one block north of Berne Street, at 2603 Benton Street.
 
ST MATTHEW PARISH    2603 BENTON AVENUE    AKRON, OHIO 44312    330-733-9944