The cornerstone for the Immaculata Church was laid in 1859. Archbishop John Baptist Purcell donated the land for the church and supervised the construction of the church. The church celebrated its first mass in 1860. The church sits high atop the hill in Mt. Adams and can be seen from many points around Cincinnati. In 1970, the Holy Cross Church in Mt. Adams closed and the two parishes merged to form the Holy Cross-Immaculata Parish. On Good Friday there is a pilgrimage where Catholics and non Catholics alike ascend the stairs up to the church praying on each step. There are over 96 steps that lead to the base of the church and the Good Friday Pilgrimage has become an annual tradition for the church.
Holy Cross-Immaculata Church
30 Guido Street, Mt. Adams