Michelle Smith, MLIS, CA
The Archives of the Chancery
100 E. Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Good Shepherd Chapel at the Dayton Soldier’s HomeNovember 11th, 2019
At the beginning of the Civil War, there were about 2.2 million Catholics in the United States. About 1.5 million were Irish Catholics and most of the rest were German Catholic immigrants to the United States. Most of these immigrants came to the industrialized north and were grateful for the freedom they enjoyed in their new country. About 144,000 Irish Catholics, 40,000 German Catholics, and 5,000 Polish Catholics served for the north, while about 40,000 Irish Catholics fought for the south. There were 50 Catholic generals and 6 Catholic admirals in the service at that …Read More.
The Fontbonne- Southern HospitalityMay 8th, 2019
The Fontbonne was a residence for working women in downtown Cincinnati. Miss Margaret McCabe, a pioneering social worker in Cincinnati, founded the Sacred Heart Home in 1882 in a 4 room cottage on Fifth Street. This was the fifth known Catholic residence for working women in the United States. Shortly after, it was located on Broadway between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Margaret McCabe also founded the Working Boys Home shortly thereafter, which became the forerunner to the Fenwick Club. In our files at the archives is a letter dated March 9, 1887, in which Margaret …Read More.
The Fenwick Club – The First of its KindFebruary 13th, 2019
Fr. Charles Baden was working as a chaplain for St. Mary’s Hospital, Cincinnati, in 1915. It was there he met many young men who were adrift in the word with no guidance. This gave him the idea to start young men’s residence and club similar to the YMCA, but Catholic in approach. In 1917, with the assistance of Miss Margaret McCabe, who founded the Sacred Heart Home for Women and the Cincinnati Boys Home, he met with Archbishop Henry Moeller who wholeheartedly approved of the idea. Within 3 weeks, they leased a building at 319 …Read More.
The Loretto: A Safe Place From HomeJanuary 31st, 2019
In 1912, Miss Josephine Schwind, a Catholic philanthropist from Dayton, became aware of a young single working woman, ill and dying in a boarding home, away from her family. She determined that this was a situation that should never happen in her city. She founded the Loretto Guild to address the situation. At her urging, Archbishop Henry Moeller solicited the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci from Albany, N.Y. to come to the Archdiocese. Their charism was to give spiritual retreats and to provide homes for business women of any denomination. Miss Schwind presented …Read More.
Bishop Edward Fenwick, O.P.August 16th, 2018
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 …Read More.
Apostolate to Assist Dying Non-CatholicsDecember 13th, 2017
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 …Read More.
The Beginnings of ProhibitionJuly 21st, 2017
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 …Read More.
Fire at St. Paul, PendletonJune 27th, 2017
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 …Read More.
St. Elizabeth Hospital, DaytonMay 23rd, 2017
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 …Read More.
Part II: Mount Adams: Cincinnati’s Holy HillApril 10th, 2017
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 …Read More.