Remarkable Ohio


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50-25 Monsignor John Joseph Jessing

Side A: Monsignor John Joseph Jessing, founder of the Pontifical College Josephinum, was born in Germany in 1836. He immigrated to America and, in 1870, was ordained a priest in Columbus. He published a newspaper, the Ohio Waisenfreund (Ohio Orphans’ Friend), raising funds to establish a boys’ orphanage in Pomeroy, Ohio, in 1875. The orphanage was transferred to Columbus two years later, and in 1888, he opened the Collegium Josephinum, a seminary for boys with the “desire, intention, and talent to study for priesthood.” Pope Leo XIII conferred the title “pontifical” in 1892, and the institution was incorporated by the State of Ohio in 1894. Monsignor Jessing died in 1899, but his vision lives on at the Pontifical College Josephinum, the only pontifical seminary outside of Italy. Monsignor Jessing’s motto, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” became the official motto of the Pontifical College Josephinum.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Pontifical College Josephinum, and The Ohio Historical Society
Address: Pontifical College Josephinum, 7625 N. High Street, 
Location: On the S end of the parking lot located NW of The Jessing Center
Latitude: 40.1211020
Longitude: -83.0183470