Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Catholic Architects

"Architects in America of Catholic Tradition," a 1962 book by Francis Kervick, can be accessed and searched online here:

Sunday, December 26, 2010

All Saints, Rossford

St. Mary Magdalen

St. Methodius

St. Cyril

All Saints parish in Rossford was formed in 1990, bringing together two parishes -- Ss. Cyril and Methodius and St. Mary Magdalen. (For more photos of the impressive exterior, enter "Rossford" in the search box above.)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas on a Steamboat, 1843

After a long journey sailing from Europe, Precious Blood Fr. Francis Brunner and his party of 7 priests and 7 students arrived in New Orleans on Dec. 21, 1843. From New Orleans, the group traveled the Mississippi River by steamboat to Cincinnati, where they would receive their assignments in Northern Ohio from Bishop Purcell.

“Before midnight all arose, recited matins in common, and then celebrated the midnight Masses. Lauds in common followed. By this time they were able to celebrate the second Mass of Christmas, as the first rays of dawn reddened the sky. When these Masses were completed, the sun had risen and the third Masses of Christmas were offered. Thus, with the celebration of twenty-four Masses upon a steamboat moving up the Mississippi, the Society observed its first Christmas in America.”

From Paul Knapke’s History of the American Province of the Society of the Precious Blood, Vol. 1.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"The Infant Christ" at Toledo Museum of Art

The Toledo Museum of Art has added The Infant Christ by Spanish 17th-century sculptor Juan Martínez Montañés (1568–1649) to its collection.

More details HERE and at the Museum web site. "All Art News" notes, "The sculpture has strong resonance with the Museum’s Spanish 17th-century paintings, including St. Joseph and the Christ Child and Murillo’s The Adoration of the Magi, all on view in the Great Gallery."

Monday, December 13, 2010

Immaculate Conception, Bettsville

From 1875 to 1897, the mission church of Immaculate Conception served the village of Bettsville (on the right in above photo, at the intersection of King and Thomas Streets). It was attended by priests from Fostoria and Millersville. The congregation dwindled, and the building was sold sometime after 1900, when it was used as a social hall. The building was torn down before 1920.
(from A History of Bettsville by John E. Durrett.)