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.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

St. Hedwig

Rosary Cathedral

Daniel J. Murphy, Funeral Director

From “A History of Catholicity in Northern Ohio…” Vol. 2 by Michael Carr

“As a funeral director and practical embalmer Mr. Daniel J. Murphy, of St. Patrick's parish, Toledo, has few superiors in his profession. …
[He] is master of the ritual of the Catholic Church touching burials, and has arranged a neat booklet of the psalms, chants, and hymns in the vernacular for the use of Catholics on funeral occasions. The need for this has long been apparent, and the supplying of it has been keenly appreciated by the Catholic public. It has also been a source of satisfaction and profit to himself; for, irrespective of its reflex effect, it has inclined the public to regard Mr. Murphy as far in advance of others in his profession.”

Many more biographies and photos of bishops, priests and prominent Northern Ohio Catholics from late 1800s can be found at the link below (searchable, downloadable):

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Full Text Available!

Of "The Church in Northern Ohio and in the Diocese of Cleveland from 1749 to September, 1887," in a variety of formats. A wonderful book, gives early history of many Toledo Diocesan parishes.

Fr. Lawrence Mossing

With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s a good time to express gratitude for the work of Fr. Lawrence Mossing (1913-2001). If you read this blog, you may have seen a few mentions of Mossing’s Diocesan History. There are nine volumes – one is a historical overview, three volumes deal with specific geographic areas and parishes, and five volumes detail the lives of bishops Schrembs, Stritch, Alter, Rehring, and Donovan. These books provide a great reference tool for each parish. They are out of print, so if you see one for sale, you might want to latch on to it.
He also wrote a doctoral thesis, “A Historical Study of the Sanguinists and the Early Catholicity of Northwestern Ohio from 1844 to 1870.” (Precious Blood Order)

Monday, November 17, 2008

School Days

St. Patrick's School, Bascom (at the old site, across from the cemetery). The priest is Fr. Louis Mayle, which puts the date at approximately 1911 -1913.

St. Andrew's School, Liberty Township. (Not sure of date, but before 1929 since the church does not have an addition.) Photos are from the Bascom Sesquicentennial History.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Few More Saints

From Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue.

St. Catherine of Siena

St. George

St. Joseph

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

St. Patrick, Galion

St. Patrick's was the "English-speaking" parish in Galion. It was closed in 1953, merging with St. Joseph's in Galion.