Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio)

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Saint Patrick Church
Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio) - exterior at dawn.jpg
Saint Patrick Church and parish center
Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio) is located in Ohio
Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio)
Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio) is located in the US
Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio)
39°58′08″N 82°59′30″W / 39.969016°N 82.991732°W / 39.969016; -82.991732Coordinates: 39°58′08″N 82°59′30″W / 39.969016°N 82.991732°W / 39.969016; -82.991732
Location280 N. Grant Ave. in Columbus, Ohio[1]
CountryUnited States
DenominationRoman Catholic
Membership1100 families (2013)[2]
FoundedFebruary 1851[3]
DedicatedSeptember 25, 1853
Cult(s) presentMargaret of Castello[4]
Relics heldMargaret of Castello[4]
EventsCathedral of the Diocese of Columbus (1867–1872)[3]
Past bishop(s)Sylvester Horton Rosecrans[3]
Functional statusActive
StyleNorman Gothic[5]
GroundbreakingSeptember 5, 1852
DioceseRoman Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Senior pastor(s)Fr. Stephen Alcott, O.P.[6]
Pastor(s)Fr. Boniface Endorf, O.P., Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P., Fr. Jerome Zeiler, O.P., Fr. Thomas Blau, O.P.[6]
Chaplain(s)Br. Paul Kennedy, O.P.[6]
Religious education coordinatorSr. Maria Vianney Kysely, O.P.[6]
RCIA coordinatorGina Switzer[2]
Youth ministry coordinatorPatrick Reis[4]

Saint Patrick Church is a historic building and the second-oldest Catholic church building in Columbus, Ohio.[7] Located in the Discovery District neighborhood, the structure served as the pro-cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus until the consecration of Saint Joseph Cathedral. It has been served by priests of the Dominican Order since 1885[3] and is currently home to an active parish.



When Irish Catholic immigrants arrived in Columbus in 1848 to escape the Great Famine, the only Catholic church in the city was Holy Cross Church, a predominantly German Catholic parish.[8] The German and Irish worshipers shared Holy Cross until 1850, when the parish voted to split. Archbishop Purcell of Cincinnati approved the new parish February 1851 and appointed Reverend John Furlong as its pastor.

The new parish was named for Ireland's patron saint, Saint Patrick. The site chosen was on the west side of town at the corner of Grant and Naghten Streets (then known as the "Irish Broadway").[9] English-speaking worshipers continued attending Holy Cross during construction, with $1,200 toward the building fund donated by Holy Cross parishioners.[5][8]

Notable clergy[edit]

Missionary of Mercy certificates posted in the church hall
Notable Clergyman Office / Appointment
Sylvester Horton Rosecrans Bishop of Columbus (1868–1878)
Edward Fitzgerald Bishop of Little Rock (1822–1832)
Nicolaus Aloysius Gallagher Bishop of Galveston (1882–1918)
Michael Dosch Missionary of Mercy (2015–2016)
Cassian Derbes Missionary of Mercy (2015–2016)
Thomas Blau Missionary of Mercy (2015–2016)
Boniface Endorf Missionary of Mercy (2015–2016)


Stained glass windows[edit]

The church's window depicting Saint Patrick baptizing the King of Ireland
Subjects of stained glass windows as arranged from east to west
North Side South Side
Saint Dominic receiving the Rosary from the Virgin Mary Saint Patrick explaining the Trinity
The Last Supper The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
The Annunciation The Resurrection of Jesus
Sacred Heart of Jesus appearing to St. Margaret Mary Death of Saint Joseph
The Marriage at Cana The Anointing of Jesus
Saint Patrick's baptism of the High King of Ireland Jesus on a crucifix speaking to Saint Thomas Aquinas
non-pictorial window over a door Saints Vincent de Paul and Anthony of Padua


There is a fresco of a medallion depicting a Dominican saint over each stained glass window in the nave.

A medallion depicting St. Gianna Beretta Molla (a lay Dominican[10]) and her child.
Subjects of the medallion frescos as arranged from east to west
North Side South Side
Saint Thomas Aquinas Saint Dominic
Saint Catherine of Siena Saint Rose of Lima
Saint Antoninus Pope Saint Pius V
Saint Agnes Saint Catherine de Ricci
Saint Vincent Ferrer Saint Hyacinth
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Saint Gianna Beretta Molla


  1. ^ "St. Patrick Church – Served by the Dominicans". St. Patrick Church. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Puet, Tim. "St. Patrick Church Draws Members from Near and Far" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b c d "St. Patrick Church – The Tabulated Parish History". St. Patrick Church tabulated history. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "A Dominican Miracle in Columbus, Ohio".
  5. ^ a b "St. Patrick Church – Our History". St. Patrick Church history. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "St. Patrick Church – Our Staff".
  7. ^ Puet, Tim. "Columbus St. Mary Church: GERMAN VILLAGE PARISH 'BELONGS TO EVERYBODY'" (PDF).
  8. ^ a b Puet, Tim. "Holy Cross: 175 Years Serving the City" (PDF).
  9. ^ "73-25 St. Patrick Church [5]".
  10. ^ Fitz, Gretchen. "St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Mother's Heroism". St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Mother’s Heroism – Get Fed – A Catholic Blog to Feed Your Faith. The Catholic Company. Retrieved 14 November 2016.