Welcome to The Parish Community of St. Joseph's website. As you get acquainted to St. Joseph Parish, it is our hope that you will take advantage of the many activities that happen throughout the year. You will find the people of St. Joseph to be very welcoming and inviting. The parish, since its inception in 1864, has been blessed with enthusiastic, dedicated, and faith-filled people committed to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
As a Mission in Mantua in 1864;
as a Church in 1923.
11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, Ohio 44255
(off Pioneer Trail in northern Portage County)
Parking Spaces: 270
Church Seating Capacity: 425
916 (536-Active, 367-Inactive, 13-Homebound)
Yearly Average Statistics:
First Eucharists: 14
Parish Center & Offices
The Parish Center is the building at the end of the parking lot (it looks like a house and was, in fact, previously used as the priest's residence and parish offices). Here you will find the Pastor's office, the Pastoral Minister's office, secretarial and bookkeeping offices, plus a large meeting room, kitchen, and basement and garage storage areas.
The Parish Center meeting room & kitchen are available to rent for small gatherings (30 people or less). Please refer to the Facilities Rental Agreement link for more details.
School Building & Hughes Hall
The building, which is attached to the church, has 9 classrooms, computer lab and library spaces, kitchen and a social hall for parish and community activities, all-purpose room, conference room, administrative offices, restrooms, and service areas. Currently, the space is used for our PSR program, parish group meetings, events and activities, meetings and activities for Cub Scout Pack #3575 and Boy Scout Troop #575, and Girl Scout troops, AA meetings, Promise Homeschool Co-op sessions, and various community events and other rentals.
St. Joseph Catholic School (1962-2010) closed at end of the 2009-2010 school year due to declining enrollment. For a look at this legacy of quality Catholic education, please visit our school history page.
Hughes Hall Capacity: 250 (200 chairs currently available)
To reserve use of Hughes Hall, please contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253) for availability and for rates. At that time a date will temporarily be reserved until the contract is signed and a refundable security deposit of $150.00 is made. This security deposit will be returned to the renter within two weeks upon inspection and approval of the premises being left in proper order. All fees must be paid at the time of the event. You are welcome to bring in a caterer for your event. Please advise them that they may use our facilities, but leave it in the condition it was found. All St. Joseph spaces are contingent upon the availability of the facilities not conflicting with events associated with St. Joseph Parish. Click here on more information about renting Hughes Hall, the school building, Parish Center meeting room, or the Pavilion.
St. Joseph's Beautiful Grounds
As you enter the property of St. Joseph Church you'll immediately notice the beautiful grounds of nearly 42 acres that enable us to host of various parish and community activities including the annual Ox Roast Fair and Crestwood area baseball, soccer, and other activities. Driving down the Boulevard you'll notice soccer & baseball fields, tractor pull track, and various storage buildings. The 30' x 60' Pavilion that is used for the Ox Roast Fair, Pet Blessing, outdoor Masses, and other parish and community functions was a Boy Scout Eagle Project of Chris Walters in 1998. T.J. Dick wired it for electricity in 2000 as his Eagle Project. The Pavilion is available for rental for $75.00 (please contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253) for availability.
First Rectory [Still searching information about the first rectory].
In 1935 Father Anton (Anthony) L. Battes built the "new" rectory. In 1968, this building located at 4565 Prospect St. in Mantua (next to the "Old" Church) was bought by the Crestwood School District Board of Education and for many years was used as Board and Administration offices.
Rectory & Parish Offices
The building now known as the Parish Center & Offices originally served as the priest's home and parish offices. It was built during Father Snock's pastorate and completed soon after the rectory on Prospect Street was sold to the Crestwood School District, around 1970 (temporary rooms were constructed in the school until the new rectory was completed).
The basement served as office of the St. Joseph, Mantua, Federal Credit Union (founded in 1964; merged with SS. Margaret & Gregory Federal Credit Union in South Euclid in October, 1992). The space was then prepared for a pre-school room with a court yard play area). Unfortunately, the certified teacher's husband was transferred out of state and the effort had to be abandoned. For the 1994/1995 school year, the basement meeting room space was converted to the Art Room for school students. Beginning in 2000, the space was used for both Art and Music until the school's closing in 2010.
In 1990, Fr. James Fondriest moved into the house that formerly was used as a convent (4534 Pioneer Trail, corner of St. Joseph Blvd.) when Sr. Laura Wallace, OP retired and no other sisters resided at the parish. Since that time, this is where pastors have resided. Soon after Fr. Michael Balash came in 2003, he added more decking and fencing and made landscaping improvements to the property.
144 W. Wood St.
Youngstown, OH 44503
Established May 15, 1943
(Canonically Erected July 22, 1943)
6 Counties ~ 3,404 Square Miles
87 Parishes, 1 Mission,
1 Catholic University, 6 High Schools,
27 Elementary Schools
Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J.,
was installed as the fifth Bishop of the
Diocese of Youngstown on March 28, 2007
Bishops of the Diocese of Youngstown
Most Rev. James Augustine McFadden (1943-1952)
Most Rev. Emmet Michael Walsh (1952-1968)
Most Rev. James William Malone (1968-1995)
Most Rev. Thomas Joseph Tobin (1996-2005)
Msgr. Robert Siffrin, Diocesan Administrator (June 2, 2005-March 28, 2007)
Most Rev. George Vance Murry, S.J. (March 28, 2007-to date)