Founded in 1911 by our parents and grandparents, who migrated from Santo Stefano di Camastra, in the Province of Messina, on the island of Sicily to the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey, the Sicilian-American Holy Cross Society continues to share many of the same cultural traits and traditions of our ancestors.
Today, many of the descendants of our original founders continue the Sicilian traditions and celebrate our heritage at an annual festival at Holy Cross Park in Easton, PA. Please join us on the second weekend in September as we continue the tradition of our ancestors and pay tribute to our historical roots. And now, help us enjoy the most authentic Sicilian Food Festival in the region.
The Holy Cross Society meets the Second Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM at Holy Cross Park. Only fully elected members, IN GOOD STANDING, are allowed to meeting. All members are expected to participate in the celebration, with work beginning the second Monday in September.
2023 Queen of the Holy Cross
Ella Rose SErfassis the daughter of Brian and Ann Marie Serfass. Ella Rose is the Great Great Granddaughter of John and Josephine Alfero.
Ella is a Sophomore at Easton Area High School. Her interests include her Sicilian heritage, drumming, art, photography, traveling, listening to classic Rock and Roll music, attending concerts, movies, and more.
Ella is absolutely trilled to have the opportunity to be part of The Holy Cross Society and this years Italian Food Festival and Celebration
2022 Queen of the Holy Cross
Sofia Rose Bruneo is the daughter of Joseph and Cindy Bruneo of Bethlehem. She is the granddaughter of Ignazio and Theresa (Spadea) Bruneo. Miss Bruneo is also the granddaughter of David and Kareen Bleem.
Sofia is a senior at Saucon Valley High School and attends Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School in culinary Arts. Sofia's plan after graduation is to further her education in cooking and baking and going to beauty school.
Sofia has been a part of the Holy Cross Society Celebration since she was a little girl. She has fond memoires of being in the court every year and learning about her heritage.