My husband Dave and I moved to Milford about three years ago. Before that, we lived in Columbus for almost nine years. We met in College at Ohio State University and attended the Newman Center there. After college, we each lived in apartments and moved around a lot. It was very hard to find a church community that felt like home. I think we both strayed from the church a bit because of life circumstances and a general feeling of being “lost.”
Three years ago, Dave received a job offer here in Cincinnati that he could not refuse. Moving to Cincinnati was very hard for me. I had a life in Columbus; a business, friends, and my family was close. I struggled very much with anxiety about what the future would hold for me in Cincinnati. Six months after moving to here, we bought our house in Historic Milford, right behind St. Andrew the Apostle Church. We immediately started attending and fell in love with the Pastor and the church community. My husband and I attribute our return to church to St. Andrew’s and the fabulous people that make it what it is.
This past March, I gave birth to our first son, Maxwell James Monroe. He has been such a blessing in our lives. The road to having Max was not an easy one for me. I had to deal with some health issues before I was allowed to get pregnant and I was very saddened. In fact, I was afraid I may never be able to give birth to a healthy baby.
God stepped in and led me to the right doctors in Cincinnati to get my health under control so that I could have a healthy baby. On July 24th, 2016, we had Maxwell baptized by Deacon Tim at St. Andrew. It was such a special day for us. As we sat and listened to Deacon Tim speak, even Max was paying attention. Our family and friends surrounded us as Max was welcomed into the Catholic faith. I felt so many emotions that day during the ceremony. I was so happy to have a healthy baby boy and that we had found a community in St. Andrew, that I was brought to tears of joy. I am so happy that our son will grow up in this church that is so welcoming and warm. I invite others who may be struggling with this faith to attend Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle. It is true that their ‘Doors Open Wide’ and are ready to receive you.
And this water symbolizes Baptism that now saves you also-not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:21
My name is Lauren Monroe. I am an esthetician and manicurist at Tanya’s Image and Wellness Salon in Hyde Park Square. My husband Dave Monroe and I have a four-month-old son, Maxwell James. Dave is an Engineer at Ethicon in Blue Ash. We have now been parishioners of St. Andrew for three years. We love living in Historic Milford and being a part of the St. Andrew community.