Cleveland’S Sacrificial Lambs2

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Cleveland’S Sacrificial Lambs2

  1. 1. The Closing of Historic City Churches by Janine Sot Cleveland’s Sacrificial Lambs
  2. 2. “ Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God” Lenny Bruce
  3. 3. Why will the Catholic Diocese Close Over 50 Churches? <ul><li>Lean collection baskets </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of parishioners </li></ul><ul><li>Dwindling clergy </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why was one Church chosen over another? <ul><li>Density of churches in a given area </li></ul><ul><li>Percentage of population change in city </li></ul><ul><li>Percentage of population change in county </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic population in Cleveland </li></ul><ul><li>Actual practicing Catholics at Mass </li></ul>
  5. 5. Historical Context <ul><li>Industrial based city became heavily populated with many different ethnic groups throughout the 1800’s </li></ul><ul><li>Each ethnic neighborhood wanted and received their own church, some just blocks away from another ethnic parish </li></ul>
  6. 6. Historical Context <ul><li>Vibrant city churches and schools were the heart of Cleveland Catholic life until after WWII </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus to suburbia leaves the Diocese with many old, outdated buildings in need of repair </li></ul>
  7. 7. Who really loses? <ul><li>The elderly who still walk to their neighborhood church and those who commute </li></ul><ul><li>Inner city children and families that use the church for the food pantry, after school homework clinics and safety </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>And the city itself loses its history and sense of the past: the souls who lived, breathed and worked to build these monuments speak to us as a lasting reminder of life from a different time. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>It must be noted that cities are </li></ul><ul><li>built with flesh and blood. The architecture is just one thread intertwined within that fabric. However, it takes all the threads combined to make that strong network a viable community. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Please walk with me through some of the churches slated for closure.
  11. 11. The Second Oldest Polish Parish in the City of Cleveland Saint Casimir The Prince, Built 1918
  12. 12. Saint Casmir
  13. 13. Saint Casmir
  14. 14. Saint Casmir
  15. 15. Our Lady of Mercy Built: 1948 Cleveland's South Side – Now Called Tremont
  16. 16. Our Lady of Mercy
  17. 17. Our Lady of Mercy
  18. 18. Our Lady of Mercy
  19. 19. Our Lady of Mercy
  20. 20. Our Lady of Mercy
  21. 21. Our Lady of Mercy
  22. 22. Church of the Blessed Sacrament Fulton Road Built: 1953
  23. 23. Blessed Sacrament
  24. 24. Blessed Sacrament
  25. 25. Founded:1888 Sacred Heart of Jesus Slavic Village New Church Built: 1951
  26. 26. Sacred Heart of Jesus
  27. 27. Sacred Heart of Jesus
  28. 28. Sacred Heart of Jesus
  29. 29. Sacred Heart of Jesus
  30. 30. Sacred Heart of Jesus
  31. 31. Sacred Heart of Jesus
  32. 32. St. Adalbert Church Home to Cleveland's First Black Catholic Congregation Since 1961 Established in 1883 Built:1911
  33. 33. Saint Adalbert
  34. 34. Saint Adalbert
  35. 35. Saint Adalbert
  36. 36. Saint Adalbert
  37. 37. St. James Lakewood, Ohio Founded 1908 Built 1935
  38. 38. Saint James Saint James
  39. 39. Saint James
  40. 40. Saint James
  41. 41. Saint James
  42. 42. Saint James
  43. 43. Saint James
  44. 44. Saint James
  45. 45. Saint James
  46. 46. St. Hyacinth Founded: 1906 New Church Built: 1952
  47. 47. Saint Hyacinth
  48. 48. Saint Hyacinth
  49. 49. Saint Hyacinth
  50. 50. Saint Hyacinth
  51. 51. Saint Hyacinth
  52. 52. Saint Hyacinth
  53. 53. Saint Hyacinth
  54. 54. St. Cecilia Parish founded in Cleveland, Ohio: 1915
  55. 55. Saint Cecilia
  56. 56. St. Patrick's Catholic Parish of West Park Founded 1854 Stone Church Dedicated 1898
  57. 57. Saint Patrick
  58. 58. St. Paul’s Church originally an Episcopal Church, Built in 1876 Purchased by the Catholic Diocese in 1930 and Renamed: The Church of the Conversion of St. Paul Home to the Capuchin Franciscan Friars and The Poor Clare Sisters Monastery
  59. 59. Conversion of Saint Paul
  60. 60. Conversion of Saint Paul
  61. 61. Conversion of Saint Paul
  62. 62. Conversion of Saint Paul
  63. 63. Conversion of Saint Paul
  64. 64. Conversion of Saint Paul
  65. 65. Conversion of Saint Paul
  66. 66. Conversion of Saint Paul
  67. 67. Conversion of Saint Paul
  68. 68. Conversion of Saint Paul
  69. 69. Conversion of Saint Paul
  70. 70. St. Peter Church Founded 1853 Built 1859 Total Interior Renovation 1990 The Oldest Catholic Church Building in Continuous Use in the Diocese of Cleveland.
  71. 72. Saint Peter
  72. 73. Saint Peter
  73. 74. Saint Peter
  74. 75. Saint Peter
  75. 76. Saint Peter
  76. 77. Saint Peter
  77. 78. Saint Peter
  78. 79. Saint Peter
  79. 80. Saint Peter
  80. 81. Saint Peter
  81. 82. Saint Peter
  82. 83. <ul><li>The End </li></ul>
  83. 84. Music Credit <ul><li>Felipe Sarro. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bach-Air from Orchestral Suite no. 3 (Siloti).&quot; Rec. 2008. www.museopen.com . Public domain. Web. 26 July 2009. </li></ul><ul><li><http://www.felipesarro.pagina-oficial.com>. </li></ul>
  84. 85. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul><ul><li>janine sot </li></ul><ul><li>All images protected by copyright </li></ul><ul><li>© janine bentivegna photography </li></ul><ul><li>216-321-0300 </li></ul>

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