More History (Updated 2020)

Our History

St. Joseph Parish officially began in 1845. Before that priests traveling through the area offered Mass to the Irish immigrants, who were building the Pennsylvania Canal. Once a priest was officially assigned to St. Joseph Church in Milton, that priest came to visit Danville on a regular basis.

The first church was built on the corner of Pine and Center Street (now a warehouse). Our current church was started in 1867 and dedicated in July of 1869.

We were part of the Diocese of Philadelphia until the Diocese of Harrisburg was formed in March 1868.

Some other interesting facts.