Small churches, monks, and the accuracy of Ripley's Believe It or Not all come into play for this response from the August 2013 issue.
I was told that the tiny church at Thomas More College was moved to the campus from elsewhere in Northern Kentucky. The name—Monte Casino—seems to suggest that it was originally located in one of Newport’s old hotspots as a convenience for gamblers. True?—Slots Fan Dear Fan:Not true. And possibly impious of you to suggest such a thing, although you may be excused since a spelling error is involved. Monte Casino (as in Horseshoe and Hollywood) should actually, if it is indeed named for the Italian landmark, be spelled Monte Cassino. What the semi-hysterical and not always reliable Ripley’s Believe It or Not once termed “the smallest church in the world” was originally constructed on the grounds of a Benedictine monastery in south Covington as an appropriate shelter for laborers in the monastery’s vineyards. When Prohibition put an end to the monastic wine trade, the brothers went home to the mother church in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, abandoning their tiny chapel to the elements and metal thieves.
When Villa Madonna College renamed itself for Henry VIII’s Protestant-roasting chancellor and fled the teeming urban cauldron of Covington to create a bland and auto-friendly campus and office park in peaceful but largely featureless Crestview Hills, generous Kenton Countians, including the upscale Toebben builders, rescued the abandoned chapel and moved it to its present spot, where it provides shelter to a particularly obnoxious flock of Canada geese.
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