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Mass Times. Saturday Vigil:. We are a faith community of Roman Catholic Christians dedicated to lovingly extending the mission and ministry of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, through Word, Sacrament and Christian Service to the people of Ravenna and the surrounding area, all to the Glory of God. Slideshow Freeware by VisualSlideshow. As Father McGahan, of Akron, Summit County, had visited this small congregation of eight families for eighteen months to their removal from Earlville, the same monthly visits were continued by him until the spring of Father Walsh, his successor in Akron, visited monthly untilwhen the increasing interests of that town and its nearer-home missions rendered it necessary to have Ravenna attended from some other available source.
About this time, Ravenna became an out-mission of the Cathedral at Cleveland, and was visited by Rev. He was succeeded by Rev. The latter gentleman seeing the necessity of a church for his rapidly increasing flock, set about raising subscriptions for that purpose when he was removed to Youngstown. Brown was ased in to the pastorate of the church at Hudson, with the two last-mentioned towns as out-missions. Ravenna and Kent having in the meantime acquired sufficient growth to demand the services of a pastor independent of Hudson, Father Brown, inwas placed in charge of these two congregations.
Up to this time, mass had been frequently celebrated at the town hall and the houses of Peter King and Bernard Kinney. During the administration of Father Brown the cornerstone was laid by Rite Rev. Rappe, of Cleveland, on the 15th of August,on which occasion the Rev. Thorpe preached an appropriate discourse, and a little later on the completion crowned his efforts with success. To the untiring zeal of Father Brown is largely due the present flourishing condition of the congregation of the Immaculate Conception.
Few can realize the amount of labor performed by this noble priest to promote the welfare of his charge. He knew no rest until his endeavors saw a fitting temple erected in which the Holy Sacrifice could be decently and worthily celebrated. He was frequently away from home for weeks collecting along the railro to defray the expense in this, at-that-time, great undertaking. In his travels he was obliged to mingle with the poorest of the poor and share their scanty fare and meager accommodations. But what would have been almost an impossibility to other men was to him a pleasure, so long as it afforded an opportunity to accomplish the work of building up his mission.
This life of privation and sacrifice soon told upon his once robust and vigorous constitution.
Shortly after his promotion from Ravenna to Youngstown inhe was stricken with paralysis, and died at St. The church schools except the frame building erected by Father Bowles and cemetery are all monuments to the zeal and labors of Father Brown, whose name is a household word, and whom none mention but to praise.
Gibbons became pastor in and continued in charge until August, The Rev. Carroll was next installed and directed the affairs of the congregation till March 9,when he was succeeded by Rev. The growing wants of Ravenna and Kent requiring a pastor for each, Father Bowles was relieved of Kent July 6,and given sole charge of Ravenna.
In April, he was removed from Ravenna to Fremont, Ohio.
John T. Cahill, succeeded Father Bowles. A short time after the formation of the congregation the following families settled in Ravenna and helped to forward the work in hand, viz. Among the citizens of Ravenna who generously aided the congregations in their early struggles to obtain a place of worship, are the Hon. The enrollment was -- girls, 65; boys, The Sunday school had a membership of children.
The cemetery was located a short distance outside the corporation on the southwest side of the village and contained five acres. The church constructed by Father Brown stood until Easter Sunday,after which it was demolished to make room for a new building. The church was erected on the same site by the P. Added to the building were the rectory, Bishop Tobin Hall, the parish office, and various meeting areas.
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