Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New posts

I stopped by St. Gaspar Marywood and the shrine today. Although St. Gaspar's wasn't open, and people in the chapel at the shrine prohibited me from taking many pictures....i do have enough interesting things to make a few posts. Expect them soon!

St. Peter, Mansfield

Saw this book cover on a certain popular online auction site. Awesome graphic.

Friday, December 26, 2008

St. Alphonsus Peru

This is a newspaper from St. Alphonsus from the year 1897. It is in German. (The settlement was a German settlement) Below is a picture of the first pastor's house. It was torn down a replaced by the current one.

St. Mary Norwalk

A view from the attic...probably looking North. (not sure, didn't take the picture) This is above the transept.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Bells of St. Mary's: Real and fake

Here is a video of the real bell at St. Mary's and the digital bells playing.

Immaculate Conception, Old South End

FYI. I'd like to mention that, whatever my own beliefs ( And more on that shortly. ), I consider Fr. Paul Kwiatkowski to be a fine man, a good friend, and one of the few people ever to have gained my complete respect.
More pictures of the cathedral next week. Having computer problems at the moment.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

St. Alphonsus, Peru

Interestingly, this holy water bowl was rediscovered in the most recent renovation. This was actually original with the church. There is another identical one on the other side of the vestibule.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another "Our Lady of Consolation"

At St. Augustine parish in Leopold, Indiana:

The statue was brought to the parish in 1867 by several parishioners who were prisoners in Andersonville during the Civil War. They vowed to honor Mary in this fashion if they survived.
UPDATED Link for more information:  http://www.peterfamilytree.net/history/LivingHistoryPerryCounty.html

There's also a more recent outdoor statue.

The parish's statue of St. Hubertus. (And now you know where the Jagermeister logo comes from.)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

St. Paul Norwalk

A Christmas Chronicle

In 1941, Fr. Aloysius Horn (1899 – 1971), a native of St. Joseph parish in Fremont, published a book entitled “A Christmas Chronicle.” The book contains more than 80 short vignettes of Christmas throughout the centuries, featuring saints or historical figures. Originally printed by the St. Anthony Guild Press, it was more recently reprinted by the Neumann Press.

Fr. Horn was also an expert on Christmas crèches, starting the American Christmas Crib Society:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fr. Joseph Gloden

Fr. Gloden, a native of Luxembourg, arranged for the statue of Our Lady of Consolation to be brought to the church in Carey in 1875. He served other parishes as well, including St. John’s in Defiance, Frenchtown St. Nicholas and Fostoria St. Wendelin.

“Not alone on account of his venerable personal appearance, which is heightened by his flowing white beard, is he, in kindly jest, referred to by his brother priests as the "Patriarch of the Diocese," but also, and indeed in real earnest, by the laity also, because of his manner and quiet, thoughtful bearing. He is more inclined to gentleness than to anything approaching the harsh or severe, and is noted in consequence as possessing the qualities of a true spiritual father.” - 1903

Saturday, November 29, 2008

William Ginther, Architect

Akron architect William Ginther (1858-1933) designed several churches in the Diocese of Toledo, including St. Mary’s, Norwalk; Good Shepherd, Toledo; St. John’s, Defiance; and Sacred Heart, Bethlehem (Shelby Settlement).

Many more churches listed here:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Rosary Cathedral

These were taken rather quickly after an ordination. Doing justice to all that extraneous carving is going to take a full appointment, when someone can control the lighting and nothing's going on to distract.

Yes, there's a story here, but I can't remember it. Statues are a bit low on my list of priorities at the moment, so you'll have to wait until I get better pictures.