From Cincinnati, the Queen City, 1788-1912, Vol. 1, quoting a book made for Archbishop Elder’s golden jubilee.

“Christ Church was the first Catholic church built in Cincinnati. It was erected in 1821 [at what is now] the northwest corner of Liberty and Vine Streets, where the present St. Francis Church now stands… The reason for building the church outside the city proper was because the city ordinances at that time forbid the erection of a Catholic building within the city limits…

“The most prominent of these sturdy Catholic pioneers [the seven Catholic families in Cincinnati] was Mr. Michael Scott, who had emigrated to Cincinnati from Baltimore in 1805. As a proof of the piety and zeal which characterized this man, it is related that he on one occasion, at Easter, traveled from Cincinnati to Lexington, Ky., to hear Mass and receive the sacraments. The first Mass ever offered up in this city was on an improvised altar in the house of Mr. Scott, who then resided on Walnut Street, near Fourth….

“…in subsequent visits to Cincinnati… The meetings and also Mass when [Fr. Fenwick] passed through the city, were held in a building then standing on Flat Iron Square, bounded on the north by Fourth, on the west by Ludlow, and on the east by Lawrence Street. There the Catholic pioneers met in a little room ten by twelve. As near as can be ascertained, the Catholics at this time consisted of the following named persons: Michael Scott, John Sherlock, Patrick Reilly, James Gorman, J.M. Mahon, J. White, P. Walsh, P. Geoghegan, Edward Lynch, Robert Ward, and their families….

“…September the 8th, 1817, the subjoined call for a meeting of Catholics was issued. It appeared in the Western Spy of Cincinnati, and in the Ohio Watchman of Dayton, Ohio.


The Catholics of the town and vicinity of Cincinnati and those of the county of Hamilton, are requested to attend a meeting to be held at the house of Michael Scott on Walnut street, a few doors below the Seminary, on October the 12th, for the laudable purpose of erecting and establishing a Catholic church in the vicinity of Cincinnati. They will likewise please take notice that great encouragement is already held out to them. ‘Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of the faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set at the right hand of the throne of God.’ Hebrews: Chapter XII:2.