Holy Cross Church, Rectory and School

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Holy Cross Church, Rectory and School is located in Ohio
Holy Cross Church, Rectory and School is a historic church and home to an active parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. It is located in the Discovery District neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio at 212 S. 5th Street. The “Mother Church of Columbus”, Holy Cross Church is a Gothic Revival church building that was constructed in 1848 making it the oldest Christian church building in Columbus. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

During the early 1800s, the first Catholics in Columbus were visited only occasionally by traveling priests of the Dominican order. When Father Thomas Martin, OP visited Columbus in May 1833, a group of five local landowners (Samuel and Margaret Crosby, Nathaniel and Caroline Medbury, and Phoebe Otis) met with him and proposed to gift property at Fifth and Walnut streets to the Catholic Church provided that a church building be constructed and in use within five years’ time. That building, Saint Remigius Church, was dedicated on April 29, 1838.

Measuring at just 55 feet long and 30 feet wide, Saint Remigius Church was planned as a temporary place of worship that would later be turned into a school. The pastors at Saint Remigius also served the Catholics in neighboring cities in addition to the parish’s own primarily German congregation.

Father William Schonat became the first resident priest in 1843. By then, the growing Catholic population in Columbus necessitated a larger church building. At Father Schonat’s request, the parish was renamed “Holy Cross”. The present structure was completed in 1848, just as Irish immigrants began to arrive in Columbus to escape the Great Famine. This influx of migrants eventually split off to form Saint Patrick Church, though they continued to share Holy Cross while the new church was being built.

The property is located on 0.165 acres at the corner of South 5th and East Rich Streets in Columbus. The church is constructed of over 800,000 bricks. It features a prominent statue of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa with the inscription “Follow Me”, and clock tower with a steeple and belfry. The “Follow Me” statue covers an inscription that reads “God forbid that I should glory, but in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me and I to the world”, a quote from the Epistle to the Galatians.

The rectory and the school were built of brick in 1861 and 1871, respectively.

This page was last edited on 30 December 2017, at 08:35 (UTC).
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