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Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer is a contributing freelance writer for The Catholic Telegraph.

Part four of a series on a pressing issue for our region, and on the Catholic response to it. By Walt Schaefer One weekday evening a week, at about 9 p.m. when the strip clubs In Harrison Township north of Dayton get busy, representatives of Oasis House drop in. The

As St. Mary Parish in Piqua celebrates 175 years serving the Miami County community, younger parishioners are optimistic about a bright future. “More young families are moving back. A lot more are coming back to town,” said Melissa Galbreath, who with her husband, Patrick, returned from Louisville to their hometown

Part three of a series on a pressing issue for our region, and on the Catholic response to it. The interstate highway system provides vital arteries for commerce. It is the circulatory system of America. Pulsing along these multilane ribbons are trucks and vans and automobiles—all serving the travel needs

Conference co-founder reflects on men’s fellowship By Walt Schaefer After a six-year hiatus, the Cincinnati Men’s Conference has been reborn and co-founder Declan O’Sullivan couldn’t be happier. “The first men’s conference was in 1995,” O’Sullivan said, and grew rapidly to attendance of nearly 10,000. “Then in 2011, it was placed

The new face of slavery in Ohio Part 2 Part two of a series on a pressing issue for our region, and on the Catholic response to it. By Walt Schaefer They pour across our southern borders from Mexico and Central and South America. They come from India and Pakistan

While the Cincinnati Police investigation continues into the Evanston deadly schooling death of 17-year-old Gregory Thompson Jr., Purcell Marian High School continues to mourn his loss. Thompson, son of Dionne Partee, principal at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, West End, was shot and killed at his grandmother’s Wabash Avenue home Friday

Part 1 of a 4 part series The interstate highway system provides vital arteries for commerce. It is the circulatory system of America. Pulsing along these multilane ribbons are trucks and vans and automobiles — all serving the travel needs of countless businesses and their customers — moving goods from

Every five years, Congress reauthorizes a largely unnoticed piece of legislation dubbed the Farm Bill. But this important law sets federal budget levels for nutrition programs ranging from SNAP – commonly called Food Stamps – and food pantries, many of them operated by parishes. Additionally, this wide-ranging bill sets agricultural

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and the concelebrating priests prepare the Holy Eucharist during the 150th Anniversary Mass at St. Joseph Church in Hamilton Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
The spire of St. Joseph Church is a landmark in south Hamilton, where it has pointed heavenward for 150 years. When Fran Meehan attended the parish elementary school some 80 years ago, “every other house around here was a St. Joseph house,” she said. “We were a very large parish

A parishioner kneels in prayer during the Feast of St. Bernard Mass and the closing of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary Year at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Cincinnati Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Growing parish celebrates in stone church built by parishioners Some 150 years ago, when St. Bernard Parish at Harrison Pike and Springdale Road was founded, the new parishioners looked across the pike to Taylor Creek where water cascaded over a stone creek bed. It took a lot of sweat and