Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ecclesiastical Architects & Artists -- 5th Edition Available

The fifth edition of "Ecclesiastical Architects, Artists, and Artisans in America: 1860-1920" by Delma Tallerico has been released.  It's available in a variety of formats.  You can get more information and see a Preview HERE.  Several churches in the Toledo Diocese are included in the listings.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Architect W.R. Dowling

William R. Dowling designed many buildings in the Toledo diocese, including Tiffin St. Mary church, Shelby Most Pure Heart of Mary church, and Archbold St. Peter church (in addition to those mentioned in the above obituary).  Obituary is from March 3, 1954. (Click image to enlarge.)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saints Louis & Zelie Martin

Tile portrait of Saints Zelie and Louis Martin (parents of St. Therese of Lisieux), at Little Flower church in Toledo.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Canonization of Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa will be declared a saint on September 4, 2016.

The Diocese of Toledo will hold an event that day at Lourdes University, "Let Your Light Shine."  Details are HERE.

Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue will be dedicating a shrine to Mother Teresa on September 10, at the 4 p.m. mass.  Information HERE.

To read an earlier post about her 1976 visit to Toledo, click HERE.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sorrowful Mother Shrine on Facebook

Wonderful photos of Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue on their Facebook page -- check it out HERE.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Celebrating Arabic Culture at the Feast of Assumption in Carey

For 100 years, families of Arabic heritage have gathered at Our Lady of Consolation shrine in Carey for the Feast of the Assumption.  In 2016, there will be a celebration of Arabic music and dancing at Carey's Waterworks Park:

AUG 12 – 15, 2016
The annual Festival at Shrine Park at Carey, Ohio is held annually during the National Shrine Church of Our Lady of Consolation – in honor of the Feast of the Assumption.  Visitors come from all over the U.S. praying at the Shrine Church, and later participating in the entertainment at Waterworks Park.

The park itself will feature Arabic music, entertainment and dancing – a vibrant experience for all.

In past years, entertainers and musicians included Derwood Anter, Sammy Jacobs, Phil Sahadi, Francis Saad, Ed Deeb, Al Joseph, Tommy Abraham, Joe Budway, Al Mansour, Joe Balady, and many others.  They turned Shrine Park into an annual Festival of Arabic heritage.  People come from all over the U.S. for both the entertainment as well as to pray at Our Lady of Consolation Church

Again, the dates are:  Aug. 12, 2016 to Aug. 15, 2016
Waterworks Park, Carey, Ohio – honoring
Our Lady of Consolation Church in Carey
This reunion is coordinated by Derwood Anter and Ed Deeb - For more information, contact Derwood at (602) 500-6161 or Ed at (586) 393-8801

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Historical Marker at Holy Angels, Sandusky

A historical marker has been placed at Holy Angels church in Sandusky, telling the story of the oldest church structure in the Toledo Diocese.  The William G. Pomeroy Foundation provided funding.  Read more in the Sandusky Register HERE.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tiffin Manufacturing Company: an 1897 Profile

From Tiffin's 75th Anniversary Souvenir book, published in 1897: 
"The business of this firm extends into every part of the United States. … Besides manufacturing pews, pulpits, confessionals, altars, altar railings, station frames, pedestals, prie-dieus, vestment cases and baptismals, they also import thousands of dollars’ worth of statues for altar purposes direct from France."

Some earlier posts about Tiffin Manufacturing Company -- click HERE.

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Mercy is for saloon-keepers, gamblers and criminals too!   (Illustration from a 1895 anti-Catholic book published in Toledo.)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bishop Schrembs Defends the Church

In 1914, the first bishop of Toledo, Bishop Joseph Schrembs, gave a series of four lectures to refute common criticisms of the Church.  The lectures were printed in a booklet, which you can access HERE.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Cathedral's Cleveland Cousin

A color postcard of the former St. Agnes church in Cleveland, which shared with Toledo's Rosary Cathedral the architectural designs of John T. Comes and artwork of Felix Lieftuchter.  The church was torn down in 1975 after a devastating fire.

Another view of the interior HERE.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Cassidy Home in Sandusky

Before any Catholic churches were built in Sandusky, the Cassidy family opened their home for services.  Read the full story at the Sandusky History blog HERE.

Friday, April 1, 2016

St. Joseph, Tiffin Documentary

A short documentary about the 1934 fire at Tiffin St. Joseph church and its rebuilding will premiere at the parish on Sunday, April 10 at 12:45 pm.  Soon you will be able to watch it online, or purchase DVDs.  Click HERE for full details. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mother Angelica's Ohio Roots

Mother Angelica of EWTN passed away on Easter Sunday; the Cleveland Plain Dealer has some interesting background HERE.

Mother's roots in Canton:  click HERE.

Fostoria native Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham will lead a vigil service for Mother on March 31.  Schedule HERE.

1986: Live at the Sports Arena:  Mother Angelica.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Most Blessed Sacrament, Toledo

Above is a photo of the interior of Most Blessed Sacrament in Toledo, when it was built in 1954.  It looks a bit stark in black and white, but does not appear so in person.  Parish website is HERE.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Pioneer Priests from Ireland

The Irish American Archives Society in Cleveland has produced an online publication, "Pioneer Irish Priests of the Early Cleveland Catholic Diocese."  As the territory of the Diocese of Toledo was once part of the Cleveland Diocese, many of these priests served in parishes in Northwest Ohio. Also included are several immigrant priests from other nations.  You can view the publication HERE.  (If you view it through a browser, some of the content does not show up properly.  If you download the PDF, it should be OK.)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Historic Photos from Sandusky

The Sandusky Library has launched a local history archive, "Past Perfect," with many photos online.  If you do a keyword search for "Catholic", you'll see photos from the area parishes.  Or hit the "Random Images" button if you want to kill a few hours...  Click HERE.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fr. William F. Murphy, Sandusky

Over at the Sandusky History blog, you can read about Fr. William F. Murphy, pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul parish from 1905 - 1942.  One noteworthy event was the marriage of Knute Rockne to Bonnie Skiles, pictured above.  For full article, click HERE.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

St. John, Delphos

Some great photos of St. John's church in Delphos at the website of Anthony Fabro; click HERE to see (and be sure to click on the photos to see the full detail.)  Sound clips of St. John's pipe organ too!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Soft Little Voice

Many patients and visitors of Mercy Hospital in Tiffin will remember Sister Mary Agnes Procopio, small in stature and voice, but full of caring.  Her obituary is HERE.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sad News

The brother of Toledo's Bishop Daniel Thomas has passed away after a battle with cancer.  Details HERE.  Full obituary HERE.