Where We Pray: Holy Cross-Immaculata in Mount Adams is known for its steps, welcomes all visitors

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our weekly feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.

Known around the Tri-State for it's annual "pray the steps" tradition, Holy Cross-Immaculata has a rich history connected to the Irish and German communities in the region.


During a return trip from Europe in the 1850's, Archbishop John Baptist Purcell was beset by a storm while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Praying for safe deliverance, he promised the Blessed Virgin Mary that if she would guide them home safely, he would construct a church in her honor on the highest point of the city. Soon thereafter, the storm broke and the ship made it to port in the US safely. Thus, this church was born.

PHOTOS: Cincy faithful 'pray the steps' in Mount Adams

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