Catholic Churches and schools of Springfield, Ohio  

 SAINT RAPHAEL CHURCH, founded in 1849, is the pioneer parish of Springfield and Clark County. In 1848, the few Catholic families of Springfield, mostly Irish and German immigrants, began construction. In 1898, a much larger addition was dedicated. This magnificent building is in a modified Gothic style and features graceful ceiling arches, elegant space and extraordinary light filtered through beautiful windows. 

 My BIGGINS ancestors helped build St. Raphael's church. Isaac MALOWNEY married Anna Elizabeth MURPHY on June 11, 1879 at St. Raphael's Church.

Picture of St. Raphael School from The Book "The 20th Century History of Clark County and Springfield, OH", by William Rockel, pub 1908.

Charles Raphael MALOWNEY, Sr. and his sons including George Raphael MALOWNEY, Sr. attended St. Raphael's school as well as countless relatives. My grandfather, father, uncles and brothers have the middle name of Raphael after this church.

St. Raphael's is located at the corner of Rt 41 & Rt 72, 225 E. High St. http://www.springfieldnet.com/culture.htm 

Catherine (KEARNS) MALOWNEY (graduate of Catholic Central H.S. class of 1938) remembered her teachers names in her memoirs.


Catholic Central High School
, located at 1200 East High Street, Springfield, Ohio, dates back to the late 1920's. Up to that time the educational needs of the Catholic youths of Springfield were provided by the five parishes: Saint Raphael, Saint Bernard, Saint Joseph, Saint Teresa, and Saint Mary's. Prior to the founding of Catholic Central, several parishes instituted high school classes to complement the grade schools, notably Saint Raphael's.

By Approximately 1927, Diocesan authorities decided the educational needs of Catholic students of high school age could best and more broadly be served by a central high school. Accordingly, Catholic Central was opened in 1928 at Saint Raphael's. The the first graduating class was in 1932. 

By the mid 1950's, it became apparent that the facilities at St. Raphael's were inadequate.  The land for the new construction was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Shouvlin. The new school building opened its doors to the students in 1958. 

George MALOWNEY would have graduated in Catholic Central's class of 1933 but he  dropped out of school to work four jobs during the depression and help support his widowed mother and family. George's older brother John MALOWNEY and John's future wife Margaret CROWN were in the first graduating class of Catholic Central. Margaret had previously attended St. Joseph's parish high school and John attended St. Raphael's. John's older brother Charles MALOWNEY graduated in the 1929 high school class of St. Raphael's. 

My oldest sister and two cousins graduated in the first class at the new building in 1959. "Kitty" (KEARNS) Malowney graduated from Catholic Central in 1938. In 1939, two of her future sister-in-laws graduated, Virginia MALOWNEY and Patricia (Adams) MALOWNEY . We probably have at least 50 relatives that are alumni of Catholic Central.