Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Holy Rosary-St. John Church Celebrates the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King with Rev. Joel King

The Community of Holy Rosary & St. John the Evangelist is hosting its annual Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 15, 2018 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary-St. John Church, 660 South Ohio Avenue (between Main and Livingston), Columbus, Ohio. The guest preacher is Rev. Joel L. King, Jr. Everyone is welcome.

Rev. Joel L. King, Jr. was ordained by his father, the Rev. Joel L. King, Sr., who is the brother of Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. Rev. Joel L. King, Jr. has been in ministry for 34 years. Rev. King has been a pastor for various Baptist churches in Ohio, including Union Grove Baptist Church in Columbus. He has been active in organizations, such as the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Commission, the Columbus Baptist Pastors Conference, the Columbus Baptist Ministerial Alliance, the Ohio Baptist General Convention, the Columbus NAACP, and Directions for Youth and Families. He has also been chaplain to the Police Departments of Columbus and Gahanna.

Holy Rosary-St. John has been celebrating Martin Luther King Day every year since 1986, the first year the holiday was observed. This service is therefore one of the oldest Martin Luther King Day events in Columbus. For additional information, email or call (614) 252-5926, ext. 7.



The Big Give

Today (Tuesday, October 10th) through noon tomorrow (Wednesday, October 11th) is the Big Give through the Columbus Foundation, and you can give to Holy Rosary-St. John Church at:

Services of the church include the St. John Food Pantry, the St. John Learning Center (adult education), the St. John Community Center, our community gardens, youth group, and more.

There are some matching funds as well, so what you give will also allow us to access additional funding though the Big Give.

Please consider a gift today (or by noon tomorrow)!


St. John Learning Center Update

We are happy to announce that the St. John Learning Center is once again a program of Holy Rosary-St. John Church.

The St. John Learning Center started as an outreach program of the church, and then in 1991, became a separate nonprofit. That was a good decision at the time when community-based adult education was the main model for adult education. Since then, most adult education programs have been moved into educational institutions, a move that does make sense in many ways, but that also leaves out those who still find it easier (and less intimidating) to access adult educational services in community settings.

The church and Learning Center board eventually came to the conclusion that, given these changes in the way adult education is delivered, it made sense for the St. John Learning Center to become a part of the parish again. This helps us to consolidate staff and focus on providing programs.

The Learning Center will continue to use the St. John Learning Center name, but as a program of the church rather than as a separate nonprofit. It will continue to reside on the 4th floor of the St. John Community Center (also managed by the church). Donations will still be tax deductible, but through the church. We hope everyone will continue to support the St. John Learning Center as we work on continuing its mission from the parish. More to follow soon! Stay tuned…


Thank You!

Thank you to all the donors and volunteers who helped with the School Supplies Giveaway. Thanks especially to Holy Rosary-St. John members, and to St. Paul parish for working with us. We distributed 193 backpacks with supplies!


School Supplies Giveaway

School Supplies Giveaway
Thursday, August 17th at 6 pm
St. John Community Center (640 South Ohio Ave.)
Campion Hall

First come, first served (until supplies run out).
Children must be present to pick up supplies.
ID required for each child.