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Interview with Fr. Chester Smith

January 22, 2019

Thanks to all those who joined us for our Martin Luther King Day Celebration and to Fr. Chester Smith for his wonderful message.

Here’s an interview with Fr. Smith from The Dispatch: 


Martin Luther King Day Celebration on January 21, 2019

January 8, 2019

The Community of Holy Rosary & St. John the Evangelist is hosting its annual Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary-St. John Church, 660 South Ohio Avenue (between Main and Livingston), Columbus, Ohio. The guest preacher is Rev. Chester P. Smith, S.V.D. Everyone is welcome!

Fr. Chester Smith was ordained in 1988 in Chicago, making history by becoming, along with his brother Fr. Charles Smith, the first African American twin priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Fr. Smith is one of three missionary priests that make up the Bowman-Francis Ministry Project, which was founded in 1993 by the Society of the Divine Word to serve the Black Catholic diaspora.

Fr. Smith has served as president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, and is the founder of Ambassadors of the Word, a peer group ministry that focuses on African American youth development. Fr. Chester Smith and his brother Fr. Charles Smith are co-authors of “Boyhood to Manhood,” a rite of passage manual for African American boys, and a manual for the African American Family Kwanzaa celebration, “My Family, Our Family.”

Holy Rosary-St. John has been celebrating Martin Luther King Day every year since the holiday was established in 1986. Community artists will also be displaying their art during the celebration, and there will be a reception after. For additional information, email or call (614) 252-5926, ext. 7.


Martin Luther King Day Celebration

January 3, 2019

Our Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Holy Rosary-St. John Church will be on Monday, January 21st at noon. 

Fr. Chester Smith, SVD, will be our speaker. 

Everyone is welcome!  

Happy New Year!

December 27, 2018

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and blessed New Year!  

For those still thinking about a year-end donation, be sure to read over our year-end letter:

Thanks to all those who have supported Holy Rosary-St. John in every way over the course of 2018! 

Christmas Events

December 20, 2018

Holy Rosary-St. John Christmas Schedule: 

Christmas Eve Mass at Holy Rosary-St. John is at 6:00 pm (also one at 4:00 pm at St. Dominic’s).

Christmas Day Mass is at St. Dominic’s at 9:30 am.

Merry Christmas!


Community Kitchen Christmas Celebration: 

The Community Kitchen Christmas Celebration will be on Saturday, December 22nd from 11 am to 1 pm. Lunch will be served and gifts will be available for children. Children must be present to receive gifts!

Community Kitchen will then be closed on December 24th, 25th and 26th.

Call 614-252-6428 for more details. 

Women’s Group Meeting

November 30, 2018

Women’s Group will lead the church in praying the Rosary after Mass on December 2nd, and will meet after that.

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Just a quick follow up note: Thanks to everyone who donated for Giving Tuesday!!

Giving Tuesday

November 26, 2018

Tuesday, November 27th is Giving Tuesday!

Read our year-end letter here:

Donate through our online service or PayPal here:

You can also donate through iGiveCatholic:

Or through the Columbus Foundation: