St. Augustine Church


St. Augustine Parish formed in 1860 out of Ohio City's St. Patrick's Parish, one of the oldest Catholic parishes in the city. The need for a new parish in Tremont arose as people of Irish descent began moving into the neighborhood. In 1896, the Cleveland Catholic Diocese purchased the old Pilgrim Congregational Church (whose congregation had recently moved into a new building further down West 14th Street) to serve as the home for the growing St. Augustine Parish. This church was built in the 1860s in Victorian Gothic style and replaced St. Augustine's old frame church at Tremont Street and Jefferson Avenue.

To meet the needs of the neighborhood's changing demographics, St. Augustine began offering Spanish-language services in the 1970s . In addition, the parish, having lost many congregants to suburbanization in the decades following World War II, has dedicated itself to aiding the homeless and people with disabilities.

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St. Augustine, 2009

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St. Augustine, 1918

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Women's City Club, 1964

Members of the Women's City Club talk with Rev. Fr. Thomas Sebian in front of St. Augustine Church in 1964.

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Sr. Chaminade & Gov. Gilligan, 1974

Sister Chaminade of St. Augustine Church meets Ohio Governor John Gilligan in 1974. The St. Augustine Hunger Center provides meals and other services to the homeless.

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Michael Rotman, “St. Augustine Church,” Cleveland Historical, accessed March 4, 2015, http:/​/​clevelandhistorical.​org/​items/​show/​103.​
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