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Gail Finke

Gail Finke

This month, The Catholic Telegraph Bucket List takes you to a center of Marianist spirituality and stewardship, a tiny museum hidden in our cathedral, and a parish whose members include many refugees: restored native Ohio terrain “behind the scenes” at the cathedral  Mass at St. Leo Go: Visit MEEC at

Explore the traditions of this joyous time in pictures For coverage of the ordination itself, click here. Tradition of the first blessing Waiting to receive a blessing from a new priest is a longstanding ordination day tradition. After Mass, the new priests are greeted by their former seminary classmates, who

Are you missing your biggest, best opportunity to share Christ’s love? This story first appeared in our July, 2018 print edition By Gail Finke Festival season is in full swing in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, where church festivals raise much-needed funds and provide fun for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. But

Affirming life and love at area’s largest pro-life event By Gail Finke Despite dire threats of thunderstorms, the 13th annual Cross the Bridge for Life celebration took place June 3 under a cloudless, azure sky. As always, not a drop of rain fell.      “A lady called me to

by Gail Finke The United States Supreme Court upheld the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers today, overturning a 9thCircuit Court of Appeals ruling that allowed California to require that all pregnancy care centers (PCCs) tell their clients where to obtain free, state-funded abortions. The 5-4 ruling on National

Sixty-five young people gathered last week with youth ministers, priests, deacons, Children of Mary sisters, and 15 college assistants for a “full immersion” conference on what it means to be a missionary disciple of Jesus Christ. At the end of the gathering all 100 engaged on hands-on ministry in downtown

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