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1910 Parish established. 1910 Original church building constructed. (It was demolished in the summer of 2021). 1914 School opened for grades 1-4; followed by grades, 5-6 the following year and grades 7-8 in 1918. 1930 Church building completed. 1954 Mural in apse painted. 1955 Wooden baldacchino installed over altar. Sisters …

Written by Gail Finke, Illustrated by Emma Cassani “St. Biscuit’s” Neighborhood nickname for the hard-to-spell parish (pronounced “bah-NIG-nus”) “Of all the places I’ve worked, St. Benignus is the most like a family. Like the early Church, they love each other as a family. If there’s a problem, everybody knows and …

by Gail Finke and Emma Cassani 1 Copper steeple 1 Wood reredos Distinctive modified Art Deco reredos combines a large central crucifix with smaller, elaborately gilded paintings of the Virgin Mary and St. John, each flanked with a decorative panel attached with hinges. During Lent the panels are closed. “Our …

Holy Thursday Morning at St. Boniface Cincinnati (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
by Emma Cassani and Gail Finke Four Chaplains Mass Held every February for more than 40 years, the Four Chaplains Mass at St. Boniface honors the chaplains (a priest, a rabbi, and two ministers) who died together on the SS Dorchester in 1943. The service includes color bearers from the …

CALVARY CEMETERY’S ST. KATERI NATURE PRESERVE Every family’s reason for desiring natural burial is different. “I’ve talked to about 400 families pre-planning burials in the St. Kateri Nature Preserve,” said Scott Wright, Community Outreach Director for Calvary Cemetery in Dayton. “Some are concerned about the environment, some don’t like the …

Holy Cross Church in Dayton the only Lithuanian parish in southern Ohio. It was redesigned in the 1960s by Lithuanian Chicago architect John Mulokas to honor churches throughout Lithuania that were closed by the Communist government. It features stylized versions of folk art, most of them – including the stained …

St. Antoninus in Green Township has a relic chapel also used for Eucharistic Adoration. About 100 relics are displayed on shelves, as well as a painting of the infant Christ and the Virgin Mary. Included among the relics is an amice that was once part of the vestments on the …

by Gail Finke What is a shrine? Associated with popular piety since the earliest days of the Church, shrines are places of pilgrimage and prayer. Pope St. John Paul II once said, “Christian shrines have always been, and continue to be, signs of God, and of His intervention in history. …