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Somerset in Perry County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Seed of Catholic Education in Ohio / The Cradle of Catholicity in Ohio

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 28, 2008
1. A Seed of Catholic Education in Ohio Marker
Inscription.  Side 1 A Seed of Catholic Education in Ohio

In April 1830 four Dominican sisters from St. Catherine's, Kentucky, founded St. Mary's Academy, the first Catholic school in Perry County. Bishop Edward Fenwick, first Bishop of Ohio, donated a small brick house and attached building situated on an acre of land for the school's use. Classes began with forty students. The following year the sisters built a three-story structure with a dormitory for boarders; by the end of the Civil War, enrollment had increased to 134 students, and St. Mary's gained recognition as one of the finest schools in Ohio. An 1866 fire destroyed the academy, and in 1885 the Dominican sisters reestablished the academy as a parish school. The present Holy Trinity School building dates to 1968.

Side 2 The Cradle of Catholicity in Ohio

On October 1827, one of Ohio's earliest Catholic churches was consecrated on the highest point in Somerset, a site that became known as Piety Hill. Named Holy Trinity, this small brick church served Somerset parishioners for twenty-five years under Rev. Nicholas Dominic Young, O.P., as pastor. In 1857
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 28, 2008
2. The Cradle of Catholicity in Ohio Marker
a new Gothic-style church building was constructed around the old church, which remained until the new church was consecrated. This church is still used by Holy Trinity Catholic parishioners. With St. Joseph and Holy Trinity churches as their bases, Dominican priests founded numerous Catholic parishes and churches throughout Ohio. For this reason this part of Perry County is known as the "Cradle of Catholicity in Ohio.
 
Erected 2002 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission; Holy Trinity School; The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-64.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 39° 48.266′ N, 82° 17.788′ W. Marker is in Somerset, Ohio, in Perry County. Marker is on S. Columbus St. (Ohio Route 13), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 228 S Columbus St, Somerset OH 43783, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Philip Henry Sheridan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nellie Sheridan Wilson (approx. ¼ mile away); The Sheridan Monument / 1829 Courthouse (approx.
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 28, 2008
3. Holy Trinity Catholic Church
0.3 miles away); Jacob Miller’s Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Lutheran Synod (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Sheridan Homestead (approx. half a mile away); Somerset (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Catholic Church in Ohio (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somerset.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,328 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 2, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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