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Our History

The story of Immaculate Conception: Reflections after 43 years.

1980

The first day of school at what was formerly known as St. Gertrude Academy was September 15, 1980. We began with 26 students in 4 rooms in a borrowed space at Roselawn Lutheran Church in Westwood, Cincinnati.

 

In October 1980, we made the move Gobel Court in Westwood. A faithful parishioner had generously donated one of his company’s buildings for us to use as our school. At the time, we were using part of the school as a chapel for daily and Sunday Mass.

Gobel Court would be the home of St. Gertrude Academy for the next 15 years.

Images of Saint Gertrude Academy

1990

After a few years it was becoming clear that our facility for the church and school was becoming too small for us. Fr. Jenkins began thinking of and praying for a new church and school to dedicate to the Immaculate Conception.

1990 - 1994

We created a small committee dedicated to looking for a new location for our church and school, and for developing the funds to obtain it. We sacrificed and we prayed. We explored buying property and building. We had our realtors in the parish looking for us, but nothing seemed to come to fruition.

Throughout our time at Gobel Court, St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel existed in three different locations within the Academy building.

1994

After years of waiting for the right opportunity, we received news that the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was consolidating the three Norwood Catholic churches into one and St. Matthew Church and School were going to be sold! We could all see God’s hand in this.

We met with the sellers under the alias “Good Faith Ministries” as to not arouse suspicion with the Archdiocese about being Traditional Catholic. The ruse was successful and a tour was arranged.

We quickly offered to buy the property at 10% less than the asking price, and we prayed for God’s will to be done. Within a week, our prayers were answered, as the Archdiocese verbally agreed to our price. We signed a contract to purchase on December 22, 1994.