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Bishop Edward Fenwick, O.P.

August 16th, 2018posted by Sarah L. Ater

This Sunday, August 19th, is the 250th birthday of the first bishop of Cincinnati, Edward Fenwick, O.P. He is also the founding of an American Dominican Priory at St. Rose, Kentucky. A missionary priest with a passion to bring the sacraments to a pioneer and scattered people, he lived a life of exemplary service, humility, and determination to serve the needs of his diocese. Today we give a short biography with some suggested further reading. Edward Fenwick was born August 19, 1768 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The fourth of eight children of Ignatius Fenwick …

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Apostolate to Assist Dying Non-Catholics

December 13th, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

Monsignor Raphael J. Markham was born in Pleasant Run in 1882 and ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on June 5, 1909 at St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome. Returning to Cincinnati, he taught theology at Mount St. Mary Seminary until 1934. At that time he was made chaplain at St. Clare Convent, Hartwell, as well as representative to the Archbishop of women’s religious communities. It was during his time at Hartwell that Msgr. Markham began his ministry to dying non-Catholics. He composed a prayer to be used on the deathbed as a …

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The Beginnings of Prohibition

July 21st, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

The word “prohibition” calls to mind Al Capone, gangster car chases, and smoky speakeasies. While this underworld has been well documented and even glamorized, there are other aspects of prohibition that would directly involve the Catholic Church. The temperance movement in the United States was active for many decades prior to 1920 and was supported by the Catholic Church and Christian denominations. Seeing the sometimes devastating effects of alcohol, thousands of people actively campaigned and advocated for the passage of a law which would prohibit the sale and intake of alcohol. This finally came when …

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Fire at St. Paul, Pendleton

June 27th, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

St. Paul Church in Pendleton, Cincinnati (near Over-the-Rhine) was founded in 1848, located on Spring Street at Twelfth Street. Closed in 1974, you now know it as The Verdin Bell Company. The other week we came across this striking picture of the 1899 church fire, just weeks before the parish celebrated their golden jubilee. The 24 August 1899 issue of The Catholic Telegraph gives a detailed description of the events: Last Saturday morning the residents of the densely populated part of Cincinnati, known as Pendleton, were startled by the news that St. Paul’s Church was …

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St. Elizabeth Hospital, Dayton

May 23rd, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

Founded in 1878, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton was the first hospital in the city. This was accomplished largely through the efforts of Rev. J.F. Hahne and the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis. Prior to the founding of this hospital, Dayton greatly felt the need of a haven for the injured and sick of the city. Reports were made of soldiers returning from the War of 1812: “Under the wagons filled with wounded hung icicles of blood six inches long. No church services were held that morning, the worshipers preferring to unite in …

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Part II: Mount Adams: Cincinnati’s Holy Hill

April 10th, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

To learn the beginning of the practice of “praying the steps,” read Part I here. In 1871, Archbishop Purcell entrusted the Immaculata to an order of priests known as the Passionists, a community with a great devotion to the Holy Cross and the death of Jesus. Since the pastor’s residence on Mount Adams was not sufficient for a community of priests, the Passionist superior obtained the Mount Adams Astronomical Observatory, by then abandoned because pollution from the city prevented proper viewing of the heavens. The Passionists, in addition to staffing Immaculata church, organized a church near …

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Mount Adams: Cincinnati’s Holy Hill

April 4th, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

Today is the first of two posts on the devotion of praying the steps to Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mound Adams. It was written by Fr. David Endres, Dean and Associate Professor at Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. Amidst the shops, restaurants, and pubs of the popular Mount Adams neighborhood, one might not immediately perceive that he or she is walking on holy ground. Yet since the mid-nineteenth century the site has been the location of a significant Good Friday religious devotion: the “praying of the steps.” The hill, which offers picturesque views of the …

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Written by Bob Miller, PhD, Department of History, University of Cincinnati-Clermont Author’s Introduction: The following essay was crafted for a noncredit course I taught in January 2017 for Communiversity, which is run by the University of Cincinnati. I called the course “Rethinking Cincinnati’s Greatest Generation.” The idea or premise of the course was to use the familiar work by Tom Brokaw, The Greatest Generation, as a start point. While Brokaw emphasized mostly military heroics, I wanted to broaden the definition of wartime heroism and patriotism by examining the actions of citizens on the home front. Archbishop McNicholas was one …

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Cathedral School for Deaf-Mutes

March 1st, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

In conjunction with the history we have been giving of the work of Mrs. Sarah Peters, now would be an appropriate time to share a bit of the history of Reuben Springer, a friend of Mrs. Peters. Born in 1800, Springer first clerked under his father with the post office and then became a clerk on a steamer running between Cincinnati and New Orleans. In 1827 he switched to the grocery house of Taylor & Co., marrying Jane Kilgour in 1830. Poor health forced him to retire in 1840, but by then he was a …

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Eucharistic Procession at St. Martin de Porres Church

February 9th, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

In 1935 with the encouragement of Archbishop John T. McNicholas, O.P., Revs. Leo Walsh and Charles Murphy began ministering to the African American community in the Lockland neighborhood, a suburb of Cincinnati. After a plea for financial assistance was placed in The Catholic Telegraph, an anonymous gift of $4000 made possible the purchase of the former Swedenborgian Church and College for use as a church and school. Called St. Christina Church, the church and school were a mission unit dedicated to the patronage of Blessed Martin de Porres. Martin de Porres was canonized a saint …

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