History

The following account of the history of Incarnation Parish is based upon and excerpted from a history written by Theodore Cardinal E. McCarrick, a graduate of Incarnation School and parishioner of the Incarnation Parish. He was ordained on May 31st and offered his first Mass at Incarnation on June 1, 1958.

Cardinal McCarrick, was strongly encouraged by the pastor of Incarnation to write this history for the parish’s Jubilee year in 1958.

He undertook to research and write our history in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in History. The completed dissertation was offered successfully for examination under the title, Incarnation Parish, A Chronicle of Fifty Years.

We at Incarnation Parish are very grateful to Cardinal McCarrick and thank him for his valuable contribution to our parish at its Golden Jubilee and even more so now as we celebrate its Centennial.

In writing his account of our history, Father McCarrick, chose to keep the major problems and developments unique to each period unified. In this way, he could give us a sense of what parish life was like in each of those time periods.

Using, "The Parable of the Sower", he takes us through the tenure of each pastor.

Thus, the early story of Incarnation from its beginning until 1958, is told in the manner of the parable. There is the fertile field, then there is the time for the planting of the seeds, the wait for the great growth and lastly, there is the harvest.