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This month’s Bucket List takes you to two very different places for quiet fall hikes, and to the archdiocese’s only parish founded by Lithuanian immigrants:

  • stroll St. Joseph New Cemetery’ s 163 acres
  • spend time in contemplative Jesuit prayer in Milford 
  • worship at an Old North Dayton parish


Go: Visit St. Joseph New Cemetery

4500 Foley Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238
(513) 251-3110

Recommended by: Archdiocese Archivist Sarah Ater, who suggests “visiting the tombs of Bishop Fenwick and Sarah Peter.” Known as “the Mother of the church in Cincinnati,” Peter helped bring five women’s religious congregations and the Passionists priests here – and founded the Cincinnati Art Academy. Bishop Fenwick is buried here, as are Archbishops Elder and Moeller. Music Hall benefactor, Catholic convert, and philanthropist Reuben Springer has the most spectacular of the many unique markers in the 163-acre cemetery in Cincinnati’s West Price Hill neighborhood.

Cemetery hours:
April 1-September 30:  8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 1-March 31: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Do: Make a silent retreat in Milford

Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford
5361 S. Milford Rd.
Milford, OH 45150
(513) 248-3500

Recommended by: Dan Roche, the center’s former executive director: “Being still and getting in touch with God’s presence is especially important in our contemporary culture.” The 90-year-old center hosts Ignatian retreats, some of them silent, for adults and young people throughout the year. Spiritual direction is also available. The extensive grounds include gardens and woods, retreat houses, a cabin hermitage, and a renovated train depot that is now chapel in memory of Father Jim Willig. 

Grounds open daily 8:30-4:30 (please stop at office); Willig Memorial Chapel open 24 hours a day


Worship: Mass at Holy Cross Lithuanian Church

1924 Leo Street
Dayton, Ohio 45404
(937) 233-1503

Founded in 1914 by Lithuanian immigrants, the parish in Old North Dayton has its own Shrine of the Crosses, which echoes the famed Hill of the Crosses Shrine in Lithuania. The outdoor shrine includes three crosses in memory of crosses destroyed by Communists in Vilnius, and of the many Lithuanians killed for their faith. Inside, it has two side altars carved in the shape of wayside shrines. Its stained glass windows and altar art, made of faceted slab glass, interpret various Catholic subjects as wayside shrines; and its exterior brickwork, doors, and windows incorporate Lithuanian designs. A prelude before the processional hymn is sung in Lithuanian, and the first two readings and petitions are read in both Lithuanian and English. 

Mass at Holy Cross, part of the four-church Dayton Pastoral Region XII, is celebrated only on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Click link to download a pdf of The Catholic Telegraph Bucket List page: Sept CT final_P5

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