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Peru Township in Huron County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Early Catholic Missionary Settlement

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, February 13, 2020
1. Early Catholic Missionary Settlement Marker
Inscription.  The Society of the Precious Blood, established in Italy in 1815, began its American ministry here in Peru in January 1844, led by Swiss missionary Father Francis de Sales Brunner. Continuing the work begun by the Redemptorists at St. Alphonse in 1833, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, or “Sanguinists,” brought spiritual support and education to German immigrants in northern Ohio. In July 1844 the Sisters of the Precious Blood, established in Switzerland in 1834, began their ministry of prayer and education here. The priests, brothers, and sisters attended to the needs of parishes across northern Ohio, and between 1844 and 1856 established nine major foundations throughout Seneca, Mercer, Putnam, and Auglaize Counties in Ohio.
 
Erected 2001 by Missionaries of the Precious Blood (Carthagena), Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton) and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-39.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 41° 
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By J. J. Prats, February 13, 2020
2. Early Catholic Missionary Settlement Marker
12.148′ N, 82° 38.253′ W. Marker is in Peru Township, Ohio, in Huron County. Marker is on Settlement Road (County Route 129) 0.1 miles east of Ohio Route 61. The marker is with the school bell under a shelter, laying almost flat to the ground, at the St. John Neumann Prayer Center, the rightmost building in the St. Alphonsus Church complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1352 Settlement Rd, Norwalk OH 44857, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norwalk West Main Street Historic District (approx. 2.4 miles away); Civil War Veterans Monument (approx. 2.9 miles away); Site of the Preston-Wickham Home (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Norwalk West Main Street Historic District (approx. 2.9 miles away); Huron County Court House 1913 (approx. 3 miles away); Erie County (approx. 6.8 miles away); Milan (approx. 6.8 miles away); Birthplace of Thomas A. Edison (approx. 7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for John Neumann. Excerpts:
John Nepomucene Neumann CSsR (1811–1860) was a Catholic priest from Bohemia. He immigrated to the United States in 1836, where he was ordained and later joined the Redemptorist order and became the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia (1852–1860). He is the first United States bishop (and to date the
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By J. J. Prats, February 13, 2020
3. Early Catholic Missionary Settlement Marker
It is laying under the sign to the left of the bell. The re-lettered boards read “St. John Neumann Prayer Center.” The small tablet below the shelter’s post reads, “Bell preserved by Clarence and F. P. III Frederick. First used in Parish’s West School 1880’s — 1920’s.” In the distance is a red sign with white lettering that reads, “St. Alphonsus, 1841, residence of Saint John Neumann.”
only male U.S. citizen) to be canonized. ... He is a Roman Catholic saint, canonized in 1977.

... Neumann applied to join the Redemptorist Fathers, was accepted, and entered their novitiate at St. Philomena's Church in Pittsburgh. He was their first candidate in the New World and took his religious vows as a member of the congregation in Baltimore, in January 1842. While a novice for the Redemptorists, he served at St. Alphonsus Church in Peru Township, Huron County, Ohio for five months before returning to New York. ...
(Submitted on March 25, 2020.) 
 
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By J. J. Prats, February 13, 2020
4. St. John Neumann Prayer Center, Peru Township Ohio
St. Alphonsus Ligouri Church, Peru Township Ohio image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 13, 2020
5. St. Alphonsus Ligouri Church, Peru Township Ohio
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 25, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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