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"The Mother Church of Columbus" has a long and rich history, from its origins as a mission served by the Dominicans of Somerset, Ohio, in 1833, to its present position as a thriving center of spiritual strength in its downtown neighborhood, now known as the Discovery District.  From a handful of parishioners in 1837, when construction began on the city's first Catholic Church with a small number of early German Catholic families, through a burgeoning influx of immigrants from Germany and Ireland after 1848, Holy cross became the center of Catholic Columbus.  Through post-Civil War development of the capital city as a transportation and industrial center, into and beyond all the Twentieth Century events of wars, the Great Depression, inner-city blight, urban renewal and downtown revitalization, Holy Cross and its parishioners have indeed  "held high the Cross."