Thursday, May 31, 2012

St. Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan

St. Peter's Cathedral in Marquette, Michigan, has something in common with several churches in the Toledo Diocese -- elaborate wood carvings by Bruno Weber, a German immigrant who worked with the Tiffin Manufacturing Company.  Read earlier posts about Weber HERE

Weber's grandson, John Rees, has shared some photos of a table that Weber built, currently in use in the cathedral. The first photo shows the table photographed in the 1930s.

  The next is a recent photo from the cathedral.

Weber also hand-carved angels that decorate the sides of kneelers, and probably did additional work in the church as well.

St. Peter's Cathedral will probably see more visitors soon, as it is the final resting place of Bishop Frederic Baraga, the first bishop of Marquette, who has been declared "venerable" by the church -- the first step on the way to sainthood.  More information HERE.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fr. John Duffy, Chaplain

Just learned that there is a biography of Father John Duffy, a priest who served at St. Wendelin's in Fostoria and Our Lady of Lourdes in New London.  He was a chaplain in World War II, and suffered greatly in Bataan.  There's a website with more information HERE

Friday, May 25, 2012

Photos: Every Catholic Church in Detroit!

In 2009, Patricia Drury started a project to photograph every church in the Archdiocese of Detroit.  For photo album, click HERE.  For the story in the Michigan Catholic paper, click HERE.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

May 25th is the Feast of Our Lady of Consolation, and Bishop Blair will celebrate Mass at the Basilica in Carey on Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m.  Full details, click HERE.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

State of Ohio v. Rev. Quigley

In 1890, the pastor of St. Francis de Sales, the Rev. Dr. Patrick Francis Quigley, refused to cooperate with the State of Ohio when he believed it overstepped its bounds in enforcing school attendance.  Fr. Quigley later published a booklet of the court proceedings, his reasoning, and public reaction.  His book is available to read HERE

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

 Icon in the visitors' center.

Peacocks, a symbol of the church, on a Holy Water font in the old chapel.

Sorrowful Mother Shrine will have a Farmer's Market on the first Sunday of June through September, details are HERE.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ss. Peter & Paul, Toledo

Mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the side of Ss. Peter & Paul school building in south Toledo, visible from I-75.  Photo source HERE.

Friday, May 11, 2012

St. John the Baptist, Glandorf

Some good photos of Glandorf's St. John the Baptist church can be found at the Dakota Church Furniture website.  Click HERE.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Shrine of St. Dymphna, Massillon

Not too far from the Diocese of Toledo, the National Shrine of  St. Dymphna is located in Massillon, Ohio, close to Canton.  St. Dymphna is the patron saint of persons with mental or nervous disorders; the shrine is on the grounds of the former Massillon State Hospital. 
On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, the Feast of St. Dymphna, at 3:00 pm, Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown will be at the shrine to celebrate the 74th anniversary of its dedication. The celebration will begin with the sung Litany of St. Dymphna during the procession from the outdoor Votive Shrine (weather permitting) to the Church for Mass.  Visit the shrine's website HERE.
Massillon is also home to the impressive St. Mary's church -- photo links HERE.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dedication of Rosary Cathedral, 1940

Cover of the program from the dedication of Rosary Cathedral in October 1940.
Photo of the apse from the program. 

A black and white image of Felix Leiftuchter's mural of the Coronation of Mary.

Mural of Mary's Assumption, below the Rose window.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative

An interesting project over at Lorain County Community College -- a Sacred Landmarks Initiative, documenting the religious heritage of the area.  They've done a census of stained glass throughout the county and have published a book about that effort.  Take a look at their website HERE.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fr. Molon Writes a Letter, 1862

Apparently the letter worked, as Fr. R.A. Sidley acted as a chaplain at Johnson's Island -- click HERE.

Fr. Molon's letter was found in "The War of the Rebellion:  Correspondence, orders, reports and returns, Union and Confederate, relating to prisoners of war and to state or political prisoners" at Google Books.

A photo of Fr. Molon from a St. Mary Tiffin parish history.  He was born in Arras, France, in 1826, and served in parishes throughout northern Ohio until his death in 1880.