New Riegel Parish and Convent

New Riegel Parish and Convent (HM1ZAA)

Location: New Riegel, OH 44853 Seneca County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 3.295', W 83° 19.288'

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Side 1St. Boniface Catholic Church began in 1834 as a mission of several area churches and in 1836, the parish built its first church. in 1844 Bishop John Purcell commissioned Swiss born Father Francis de Sales Brunner, a Missionary of the Precious Blood, to take pastoral charge of St. Boniface. Under the leadership of Father Brunner, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, established in Italy in 1815, and the Sisters of the Precious Blood, founded in Switzerland in 1834, began ministry here in New Riegel (Wolfcreek) in 1844. Over two hundred acres of land were purchased for the priests, brothers, and sisters. The Missionaries brought spiritual support, farm labor, and education to the German immigrants of New Riegel. The sisters began their ministry of prayer in the convent, Mary at the Crib, on December 22, 1844.Side 2

A school was opened in the Sisters of the Precious Blood convent whwere both orphan children and boarding girls received a Christian education. The orphanage closed in 1912 and later the sisters taught in the New Riegel Public School until 1976. A Cloister was established in the convent for the Sisters of the Precious Blood in 1954 and closed in 1979. Responding to the needs of the time the sisters initiated the sale of the convent and property in 1979. In 2001 fire destroyed the former
convent. In 2003 the Missionaries of the Precious Blood returned the pastoral care of the parish to the Diocese of Toledo. In July 2005 St. Boniface Parish along with St. Peter, Alvada, and St. Nicholas Frenchtown, formed a new parish called All Saints. new Riegel is considered to the the "Cradle of the Community" in America for the Missionaries and Sistes of the Precious Blood.
Year Placed2007
Placed ByMissionaries of the Precious Blood (Carthagena) Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton) The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 304915 N 4547449
Decimal Degrees41.05491667, -83.32146667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 3.295', W 83° 19.288'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 3' 17.7" N, 83° 19' 17.28" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 46 N Perry St, New Riegel OH 44853, US
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