Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Burundi Women's Choir sings at the joint
Our Lady of the Visitation and St. Leo
Culture Fest, October 2014

St. Leo's Burundi Women's Choir sings an anthem
as St. Leo's children receive their First Communion

Burundi Refugee Ministry

St. Leo's offers a spiritual home and pastoral care for African refugees of genocide from Burundi, Tanzania and the Congo.  Brought to the United States by Catholic Charities at the direction of the U.S. Bishops, they have spent most of their lives in refugee camps that provided little to no health care, education or pastoral services. 

St. Leo’s collaborates with TriHealth, Catholic Charities, Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati and the College of Mt. St. Joseph to offer a variety of programs to enhance the strengths of their own culture and to provide education and support in their process of adjusting to life in the United States.  The TriHealth Parish Nurse Program provides healthcare support and assistance in navigating the healthcare system by means of a women’s support group. 

St. Leo's offers English as a Second Language Classes every Monday evening at 7:00 pm, at St. Leo Church. Anyone needing assistance with English as a Second Language is welcome. Volunteer teachers and aides to help students practice are much needed and most welcome.  For more information, please call 513-921-1044 or email

We invite you to watch the documentary, "Stories of Our Elders" prepared by the sons and daughters of our Kirundi population about their parents' journey,

Click here for an English-Kirundi Dictionary (Kirundi is the language of the Burundi) .

Justice for Immigrants

Read the May 15, 2015 New York Times Article About Political Turmoil in Burundi

Read the April 27, 2016 The New Yorker Article: On The Run In Burundi by James Verini


St. Leo the Great Church works with Global Music & Wellness

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) appoints Global Music & Wellness (GMW) administrator and fiscal agent of the older refugee program in Hamilton County

Effective October 2013, Global Music & Wellness (GMW) was designated to serve older refugees aged 60 and over living in Hamilton County. Through a strong community partnership we are able to provide: meals, wellness programming, arts, culture and music programs, English as a Second Language Classes (ESL), seminars on healthy eating, educational sessions on legal matters, care management, supportive services, and transportation.
The goals of the program are:

To develop a comprehensive set of services to support a program for older refugees
Assist older refugees in obtaining citizenship and naturalization services
Help older refugees access community resources and enrich their lives with health & wellness activities

The following organizations work closely with GMW to improve the lives of older Bhutanese and Burundi refugees:

Great Oaks Career Campuses                        Cincinnati Recreation Commission
TriHealth                                                       Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra                      Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
Cincinnati Area Senior Services                      Sycamore Senior Center/Maple Knoll
Pro Seniors                                                   Asian Community Alliance
St. Leo Church                                              UC College-Conservatory of Music –Prep Dept.

Gift of Connection: Road to Self-Sufficiency

Global Music & Wellness is presenting its first Gift of Connection: Road to Self Sufficiency event on Saturday, April 11th from 10:30 am-2:30 pm, at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

To learn more, or to register for the event, please visit or call 513-315-7393.

Innocence to Evil

St. Leo the Great Parish is so incredibly proud of two of our parish members, Alexandre Marembo and Gilbert Nzoyisaba, who just returned from Washington DC where they were members of one of six Red Cross groups from around the US honored for their work on a video: "Innocence to Evil."  

The Cincinnati Red Cross is one of eight chapters that participated in the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Action Campaign Pilot Program. Students near participating chapters could create IHL teams to teach their peers about humanitarian law. Two Cincinnati teams won the competition for projects they created and traveled to Washington May 31-June 2 to collect their awards and participate in the first National IHL Youth Symposium. The Cincinnati chapter will participate in the competition again next year.

-Stephanie Sepate


St. Leo The Great Parish

Rev. James R. Schutte, Pastor
2573 St. Leo Place
Cincinnati, OH 45225
513-921-1044 ext. 21


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