St. Francis Xavier Church (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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St. Xavier Church
StFrancisXavierChurch frontview.jpg
Front and side of the church
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded 1819 (parish)
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation NRHP
Years built 1882-1887 (rebuilt/renovated)
Number of towers 1
Archdiocese Cincinnati
Province Cincinnati (Region VI)
Pastor(s) Rev. Patrick Fairbanks, S.J.[1]
Director of music Dr. Mark Bailey
St. Francis Xavier Church
St. Francis Xavier Church (Cincinnati, Ohio) is located in Ohio
St. Francis Xavier Church (Cincinnati, Ohio)
St. Francis Xavier Church (Cincinnati, Ohio) is located in the US
St. Francis Xavier Church (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Location 607 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates 39°6′12″N 84°30′33″W / 39.10333°N 84.50917°W / 39.10333; -84.50917Coordinates: 39°6′12″N 84°30′33″W / 39.10333°N 84.50917°W / 39.10333; -84.50917
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1860
Architect Lewis Pickett; Charles C. Svendsen
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 80003087[2]
Added to NRHP July 18, 1980

St. Francis Xavier Church is located at 607 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. This was the location of the first diocesan cathedral and the center of early Roman Catholic life in Cincinnati. It was dedicated to St. Peter on December 17, 1826. "Christ Church" (founded 1819), the city's first Catholic church was located at Vine and Liberty streets. Its frame building was moved on wheels to Sycamore Street in 1826 to serve as the first seminary. Saint Francis Seraph Church now is on the former site, on land purchased from James Findlay.

St. Francis Xavier has existed as its own parish since 1845 when the cathedral was moved to Saint Peter In Chains Cathedral at Eight & Plum Streets. The parish has been under the direction of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) since 1840. The present brick edifice with stone facing and ornate clock tower was built in 1860.

Xavier University and St. Xavier High School were founded next to the St. Xavier Church. Both institutions have since moved to separate locations due to space constraints and expansion. Today the church serves the downtown community.


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  1. ^ "Staff". St. Xavier Church. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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