Church Bells Ring Again
Holy Cross-Immaculata project restores church bells
Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams, Ohio, completed the restoration of their three cast bronze church bells that were in urgent need of repair. The 150 year old bell tower was silenced in 2008 because the equipment that houses and rings the bells had become dangerously fragile and in need of replacement.
“The church has played a major role in so many Catholic and non-Catholic lives in Greater Cincinnati. This is a wonderful occasion for our church and the community,” said the Rev. Martin Moran III, pastor of Holy Cross-Immaculata Church. “The bells and church history connect with so many people.”
The church bells and ringing equipment were restored by The Verdin Company of Cincinnati. The Verdin Company, a 168-year-old fifth generation, family-owned Cincinnati firm, originally installed and electrified all three bells. Company records show the largest bell was installed in 1860 and the two smaller bells were added in 1903 for $350.
Although the bells are designed to last for centuries, the bolts and equipment that hold and ring the bells have become corroded-- making them unsafe to ring. In addition to the equipment that holds the bells, the clappers were resored.