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St. Patrick Church, Troy

December 7th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

A new church for St. Patrick Church, Troy, was dedicated on November 30, Thanksgiving Day, 1916. Earlier that year, the cornerstone for the church was laid on May 28. Pictured at the cornerstone laying ceremony, Rev. John Feldman, Dean of the Cincinnati district (deanery) blesses the stone. Rev. Frederic H. Bene stands just right of center looking on. Rev. Feldman was pastor of St. Patrick 1880-1884 and Rev. Bene was pastor 1884-1892. Founded in 1857, the pastor at the time of the dedication was Rev. Anthony Mentink, who was pastor from 1906-1958. The parish will …

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Fr. Francis Lasance

November 17th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

Fr. Francis Lasance, born in Cincinnati on January 24, 1860, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese on May 24, 1883. In the first few years of his priesthood, he was assigned to Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Reading; Emmanuel Church, Dayton; and then briefly in Lebanon and Monroe, building the church in Monroe, which at that time was considered mission territory. Unfortunately, Fr. Lasance was plagued with poor health and had to give up parish work in 1890, only seven years after ordination. His life and ministry as a priest would end up taking …

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

November 3rd, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

  In honor of the Cubs’ World Series win last night, here is a school team photo from the 1907 St. Mark baseball team, taken just one year before the previous Cubs win in 1908. St. Mark, Evanston, was established in 1905 and closed in 2010. From the beginning and until the end, the parish was ministered by priests from the Society of the Precious Blood.   Laboring on the Mission is a blog of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Archives. The title is taken from a letter written by Bishop Edward Fenwick, OP, describing his …

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Minor Patrons of the Archdiocese

October 27th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) is the official patron of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Did you know that we also have two minor patrons? They are St. Albert the Great (c. 1200–1280) and St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621). Below is a letter written by Abp. John T. McNicholas on 4 July 1938 announcing our two new minor patrons and the reason for their selection. Mentioned in the letter, the Institutum Divi Thomae was a school of scientific research founded by the Archbishop in 1935 to promote scientific research and show that science and religion are not opposed …

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A Home for Unmarried Businesswomen

October 13th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

The third building for the Fontbonne (formerly called Sacred Heart Home), opened in 1962. Operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, it was a home for unmarried businesswomen in Cincinnati. Located at Broadway and Fifth Street, not only did the Fontbonne provide housing, but it also hosted socials and meetings, such as the Philatelic Society of Cincinnati (coins and stamps), art classes, swim parties, and Mass in the Holy Family Chapel. Because it was operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph who took an interest in the well-being of the residents, the Fontbonne lead to …

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Mission for Deaf Mutes

September 29th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

The Catholic Telegraph, 22 September 1921 “A one-week mission for adult deaf mutes was opened last Sunday, at St. Louis Church [8th and Walnut, Cincinnati], and is being conducted by Rev. Eugene J. Gehl, of St. John Institute for Deaf Mutes, St. Francis, Wis. Services are to be held daily at 7:45 pm and are well attended. Next Sunday, during the high Mass at 8:30am, those attending the mission will receive Holy Communion in a body.” The Catholic Telegraph, 29 September 1921 “The mission for the adult deaf mutes was concluded at St. Louis Church, …

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National Dear Diary Day

September 22nd, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

“Dear Diary Day” isn’t exactly a well known holiday, celebrated, or even known without a google search of “odd holidays.” But, celebrated today, September 22, this gives us a chance to highlight two diaries in the Archives, and both belonging to two good friends. The first diary belongs to Bp. John B. Purcell. Born in County Cork, Ireland in 1800 and ordained in 1826 in Paris, Rev. Purcell was a teacher and then later the president of Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. His appointment as the second bishop of Cincinnati brought him out west …

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Our Mother of Sorrows, Roselawn

September 14th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

September 15th is the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. Simeon predicted that a sword would pierce Mary’s heart (Luke 2:35) and the Church honors her seven sorrows. There have been two churches with this title in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, one in Monroe and the other in Roselawn, pictured above, which closed in 2009. Take from The Catholic Telegraph issue dated 28 September 1967, the caption reads, “Archbishop Karl J. Alter addresses parishioners at the newly renovated Our Mother of Sorrows Church, Cincinnati [Roselawn]. The school cafeteria was converted into a church to accommodate …

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A Church for Our Lady’s Birth

September 8th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

September 8 marks the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her Immaculate Conception having been celebrated nine months prior. Many churches are given various titles to Our Lady, but one alone in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is dedicated to her birth. This is St. Mary, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Cassella, Mercer County. Missionaries of the Precious Blood have chiefly been the main ministers of St. Mary, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. In the early years, diocesan priests would sometimes attend the needs of the parishioners, predominately …

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“Archdiocese on Camera”

August 25th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

In October-November 1975, five institutions in Cincinnati were interviewed in 90 minutes specials on WCET, Channel 48. The segment on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was aired on October 28 and included a history of the Archdiocese, a discussion among Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin, Bishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, and James Shea, editor of The Catholic Telegraph. Other institutions interviewed for the series were The Cincinnati Post, The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Milacron, and the Cincinnati Reds. Here on stage is Abp. Bernardin, Mary Jane O’Donnell, Bp. Daniel Pilarczyk, and James Shea.   Laboring on the Mission …

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