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Gail Finke

Gail Finke

By Gail Finke An OSU basketball standout who is now a religious sister spoke to Russia, Ohio, students and their families Sunday afternoon – and shot some hoops with them in the Russia High School gym. The former Sarah Schulze, now Sister Mary Xavier (of the Sisters of St. Francis

Editor, CEO, area civic leader receives lifetime achievement award  By Walt Schaefer William R. Burleigh, one of Cincinnati’s most esteemed journalists, was honored in February with the Salesian Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the Catholic  organization’s annual meeting.       Burleigh served a chief executive officer, president and chairman of

The Diaz Family (File Photo)
Woman’s plight that made national news reconsidered By Walt Schaefer A January ruling by the United States Sixth District Court of Appeals remanded the deportation case of Fairfield resident Maribel Trujillo Diaz back to the Cleveland-based Bureau of Immigration Appeals for a new hearing. Tony Stieritz, director of the Archdiocese

Calligrapher and illuminator Diane von Arx will speak on her work on the renowned St. John Bible at Xavier University Thursday, March 22. “She’s probably the most famous calligrapher in the country,” said University Library Director Ken Gibson. “We would love to have many people come – calligraphers, artists, medievalists,

How Catholics can, and why they should, evangelize their fellow Catholics By Walt Schaefer His experiences with the Men’s Fellowship Movement and the Cincinnati Men’s Conferences led retired investment officer and philanthropist Declan O’Sullivan to write a book and blog inspired by the growth of the lay-led movement. “The conference

Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champ turned actor a staunch Catholic By Gail Finke The Cincinnati Men’s Conference owes its revival, in part, to Scotland’s great hero William Wallace. “’Braveheart’ happened to be on while I was thinking about it,” said Catholic Speakers Organization founder Joe Condit. “A lot of people

Discussing the From and the For: Love one another. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
“Let’s violate a cultural norm. In a time when religious conversations can seem tense or even taboo, we sit down with a different guest each week to talk about their faith (or disbelief), what shaped it, and why it matters.” — The Threshold So begins the ‘About’ section of The

Although we are still focused on the season of Lent, Easter will be here soon. You know what that means: it’s “open season” on the Resurrection. The History Channel will reveal a “secret Gospel” that contradicts Jesus’ rising from the dead. Atheists on Facebook will start posting memes about “Zombie

Old St. Mary’s Church gives the neighborhood’s annual Bockfest some needed gravitas. An irreverent celebration of craft beer and German heritage, the festival gives more than a nod to the neighborhood’s past as a German Catholic enclave, as well as to the ongoing presence of Franciscan friars. But as the country’s only

By Gail Finke After the extra chairs brought in to supplement the auditorium seating filled up, some stood in the back. Some sat on the windowsills or in the aisles. And while many went elsewhere after seeing that the eminent physicist’s lecture at the University of Cincinnati was full to