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Arcdhiocese of Cincinnati Bicentennial

With joyous note let earth resound, o’er hill and dale let it rebound; A new Crusade do we proclaim with rapturous hearts in this refrain. Our banner to the winds unfurl, our battle-cry to all we hurl; Like knights of old there’s no reprieve until all men this truth receive.

Msgr. Martin Gilligan (1914-1993) • Ordained in 1939 in Rome, Father Martin Gilligan was “loaned” to the Archdiocese of St. Augustine, FL, before serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain during World War II. • Following the war, Gilligan was sent to Rome to assist in the Vatican Information Service

Omer Westendorf (1916-1997) • Born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati, Omer Westendorf took over duties as choir master at St. Bonaventure Church at Christmas in 1936, a position he held for 40 years. While he served in Europe during World War II, his sister, Hilda, took over

Pictures of ladies at church bazaars and Knights of Columbus marching in a parade are common images of Catholic life. Through the centuries, parishes and local communities have created groups to enliven the faith life of its members. With the influx of immigrants in the 19th Century, parishes grew quickly.

Pilgrims walked more than 300 miles carrying a statue of Our Lady of Fatima across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

In 1851, a traveler to Cincinnati was stunned by the Catholic churches that dominated the fast-developing city. This wayfarer enthused, “I say freely: in no city have I observed such deep Catholicity.” Though there are few objective measures of how Catholic a place is, the deep faith found in our

In the archdiocese, there are “mother churches,” the first Catholic churches, for each region. In the East, that parish is St. Martin Church in Brown County. Thirty miles northeast of Cincinnati, Catholics began to settle in that area as early as 1820, though it was 10 years before the parish

Saturday, June 19, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati celebrated its bicentennial with Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, who celebrated the Mass, shared stories from the diocese’s 200 year history. “The vast territory that had been assigned to Bishop Fenwick spanned not only

Bishop Fenwick, how did you feel when you were ordained Bishop of Cincinnati? A dept of unspeakable gratitude calls me to the feet of the Most Holy Father at this time. While I am at a loss for words, Most Eminent Father and Patron, do you supply by reason of

Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Founding of the Church of Cincinnati, Saturday, June 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.