Archdiocese Celebrates Bicentennial

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is celebrating its bicentennial, this year, in 2021.

According to the Catholic Telegraph, a group of four German Catholic Families arrived in Ohio in 1817 as part of a coordinated migration. They would soon build a church, called Christ Church and the first congregation that met were nine men, seven women and four children.

After raising funds, Easter Sunday, April 19, 1819, Christ Church held its first religious service.

As Christ Church continued to grow, the parish moved into a new building, a new Gothic-inspired cathedral building and was renamed the St. Francis Xavier Church. Currently, the parish ministers to over 2000 local families in the heart of Cincinnati.

A complete history of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the St. Francis Xavier Church can be found below.