This bicentennial history of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati illuminates the rich story of Catholicism’s foundations and expansion from the Great Lakes to the Ohio River.
In 1821, Edward Dominic Fenwick was appointed to lead a new diocese that included all of Ohio and much of the Northwest Territory. Here, the Church encountered a sparsely settled landscape—with Native Americans, descendants of French fur traders, and newly arrived settlers. Traveling missionaries, most of whom did not speak English, overcame hardship and misunderstanding to offer the Gospel to the Western frontier.
It is reported that the men cleared the land for this church and the women and local bakers baked the bricks in their ovens. This beautiful history relates the beginning of Catholicism in Cincinnati and follows the changes and progression of this historic German parish in the Over-the-Rhine district as it continues to meet the needs of its neighbors and parishioners. Included is a biographical sketch of each pastor who has served the parish up to 2002, a biographical sketch of each of the priest-parish sons, names of the sisters and brothers who served the school, organizations and their members in 1942 and 2002, and much more information. There is also a chapter on the history of St. Paul’s Church.
The author describes the miraculous survival of the 26th Infantry, Alpha Company, the Blue Spaders, during the Tet offensive or surprise attack of the North Vietnamese Army as they went about their task of road clearing on Highway 13 (aka Thunder Road) between Lai Khe and Quan Loi in Vietnam. The author credits their survival to Psalm 91 KJV. Steve Simms is also the author of Common Valor: Ambush at Srok Rung, November 7, 1967.
The Silence Remains details a unique technique for the practice of meditation and is inclusive of Eastern and Western religious thought. The book provides simple instruction and poses perennial questions which one most likely asks in quiet moments of reflection. Silence is roughly autobiographical -- a comfortably cathartic and therapeutic read of self-discovery, and is suitable for all adult ages.