Dayton History: Clergy and Religious Leaders

These men and women gave their lives over to the service of God and their fellow men. Their noble dedication the the betterment of the world is an inspiration, and the impact they made of the history of Dayton, Ohio is a matter of fact. From founding schools and hospitals to volunteering and planting trees, these individuals took holy mandate for social justice to heart. Read their stories and remember that you are a part of something larger than yourself. Use our interactive map to find these individuals on a self-guided tour.

Monsignor Harry Ansbury – Pastor of Corpus Christi Church in 1935,  appointed Monsignor in 1951

Robert Conway Family – A veteran of the war of 1812, helped establish the first Catholic Mass in Dayton

Monsignor Charles Ertel – Appointed Archbishop’s organizer for relief after the 1913 flood

Father Francis Joseph Goetz – First pastor of Holy Trinity Church

Father John Hahne – Pastor of Emmanuel Church

William Irvin – First Superintendent of Calvary Cemetery

Father Francis Kuenle – First Priest of Church of St. Anthony

Theodor Lienesch – Mayor of Dayton, member of Holy Trinity Church

Father Patrick O’Mealy – Founder of St. Joseph Church

Father Constantine Scollen – Missionary priest who lived among Native American groups in the region

Sisters of Notre Dame – Founded and instructed Julienne High School and Chaminade High School

St. Francis Sisters of the Poor – Sisterhood dedicated to care for aging priests, helped establish Dayton’s first hospital

Justin Stachler – Prolific volunteer, dance teacher and parade marshal

Father Carl Will – Chaplain of Maria Joseph, volunteer chaplain at Miami Valley Hospital

Find these historic individuals on our interactive map:


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