Monsignor John Joseph Jessing

Monsignor John Joseph Jessing (HM8B4)

Location: Columbus, OH 43235 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 7.195', W 83° 0.983'

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Monsignor John Joseph Jessing, founder of the Pontifical College Josephinum, was born in Germany in 1836. He immigrated to America and, in 1870, was ordained a priest in Columbus. He published a newspaper, the Ohio Waisenfreund (Ohio Orphans' Friend), raising funds to establish a boys' orphanage in Pomeroy, Ohio, in 1875. The orphanage was transferred to Columbus two years later, and in 1888, he opened the Collegium Josephinum, a seminary for boys with the "desire, intention, and talent to study for priesthood." Pope Leo XIII conferred the title "pontifical" in 1892, and the institution was incorporated by the State of Ohio in 1894. Monsignor Jessing died in 1899, but his vision lives on at the Pontifical College Josephinum, the only pontifical seminary outside of Italy. Monsignor Jessing's motto, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" became the official motto of the Pontifical College Josephinum.
HM NumberHM8B4
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number50-25
Year Placed2002
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Pontifical College Josephinum, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 328177 N 4443015
Decimal Degrees40.11991667, -83.01638333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 7.195', W 83° 0.983'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 7' 11.70" N, 83° 0' 58.98" W
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Area Code(s)614
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7659-7691 N High St, Columbus OH 43235, US
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