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Gail Finke

The Abide summer conference for youth is in full swing. Friday night, the 65 youth and their college and adult companions headed to Cincinnati’s Washington Park for some hands-on ministry: talking, playing, and (if the opportunity arose) praying with people enjoying the sprayground, the play fields, and the music. Next

This month’s bucket list takes you to the more of the archdiocese’s oldest places, and one of the church’s most storied public celebrations: The 500-acre Precious Blood motherhouse in Celina/Carthagena The churches honored with an Ohio Scenic Byway An Old World, Saturday evening Corpus Christi procession Go: Visit St. Charles

  A shorter version of this article appeared in our print edition: “Welcome to the job, Father Williams” – current M.C.s share thoughts By Gail Finke Father Jason Williams doesn’t know what to expect when he becomes the next Master of Ceremonies for Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr. Ordained two years

“Traffic cop” lays down his badge By Gail Finke Francis Wagner never expected to be a deacon, much less the Master of Ceremonies for two archbishops.  A graduate of Holy Family and Elder schools, he went on to Xavier University, Harvard (where he earned a degree in Russian economics) and

Legacy of Mercy education will continue, despite loss of beloved home For a last look video at Mother of Mercy High School, click here from our June 2018 print edition: By Eileen Connelly, OSU The end of this school year is bittersweet for alumnae of Mother of Mercy in Westwood,

Joy be with you all: Surprise Irish serenade for seminary’s outgoing rector Father Anthony Brausch was installed as the 36th president of the Athenaeum of Ohio and rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West on May 13 at the Athenaeum’s spring commencement ceremony. He succeeds Father Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, who

Rev. Anthony Brausch gives the homily at Rev. Jacob Willig's First Mass of Thanksgiving. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Father Anthony R. Brausch was born in August 1966, and baptized the same month at St. Phillip the Apostle Church in Morrow. He is the third oldest of 10 children, uncle of 38 nieces and nephews, and great-uncle of three great nieces and nephews. He holds a bachelor’s degree in

By Gail Finke With little publicity, an annual family celebration of the gift of life continues to grow.  Thousands assemble in Newport every year for Cross the Bridge for Life, a hybrid event that’s part street festival and part fitness walk – with prayer, food, music, and family activities along

Many people reject religion and even leave the church today because they believe that religious faith is at odds with reasonable, scientific inquiry. You may have heard it before:      “I’ll believe in God if you can give me empirical proof that God exists.”      “How can I

Did you get your mother a card and some flowers for Mother’s Day? Well, that’s a great start, but loving and caring for your mom really needs more attention than a Sunday in May.  Moms are remarkable women. They have given us more than we can think or imagine. So,