Welcome to Padua

In October 2006, the Diocese of Toledo began Padua Center. It is a membership-based organization located in the rectory of the former Saint Anthony of Padua Church on Nebraska Avenue. It is a visible presence in the neighborhood.

Our Mission

The mission of Padua Center is to be a Christian community-based presence empowering people at all stages of life to achieve their maximum potential through education, counseling, support and community involvement.

Principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba):

  • Unity (umoja)
  • Self-determination (kujichagulia)
  • Collective work (ujima)
  • Cooperative economics (ujamaa)
  • Purpose (nia)
  • Creativity (kuumba)
  • Faith (imani)

These are the basis for all programs of Padua Center.

Donations and grants fund Padua Center. Recent grants are from Center for Non-Profit Resources, Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, Lynch Family Foundation, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Anastasia Fund, D’Youville Foundation and private and corporate donations.

2014 Chicken Festival Winners

First Prize: 32″ TV – Bill and Cathy Carroll
Second Prize: 7” Tablet – Erica Walker
Third Prize: Fuji Digital Camera- Kate Savage
Fourth Prize: Phillips 3D Blu-Ray player- Jack McComis


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