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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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Mother of the Church in Cincinnati, Part II

January 31st, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

In Part One of this series on Mrs. Sarah Peter, we explored Sarah’s life before she became a Catholic. We will continue the narrative here. While Sarah was still in Rome preparing for her entry to the church in 1855, she spent Lent on retreat in a convent. In her discernment she writes, ”When I come home, I trust, by the Divine aid, to enter steadily upon the prosecution of some of those good works for the bodies and souls of men, which it has always been in my heart to do if I could …

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The Mother of the Church in Cincinnati

January 10th, 2017posted by Sarah L. Ater

Today’s blog was written by Mary Hennessey, volunteer in the Archives of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. How does the Methodist daughter of an early settler and politician from Ohio become the “Mother of the Church of Cincinnati?” A shining example of  the “Feminine Genius” referenced by Pope John Paul II in  his Letter to Women is Sarah Worthington King Peter – a 19th century philanthropist from Cincinnati. Sarah was born in 1800 in Chillicothe, Ohio at Adena Mansion.  Her father, Thomas Worthington, is known as the “Father of Ohio Statehood” and was one of the …

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Christmas Card, 1880

December 20th, 2016posted by Sarah L. Ater

This Christmas card comes from the Junior Class at St. Xavier College, 1880. Inside is a program for the annual Christmas production, listing the overture and sets for “The Christmas Tree,” “The Shepherd’s Vision,” and the main feature”King Christmas.” The music for the play was composed by Prof. H. Gerold.

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St. Patrick Church, Troy

December 7th, 2016posted by Sarah L. Ater

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 L. Ater

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 L. Ater

  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 L. Ater

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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