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Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer

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

A man holds a Rosary during the 10th Annual Cincinnati Rosary Crusade on Fountain Square Saturday, October 8, 2016. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
UD Chapel will host Knights of Columbus sponsored family event. On October 8, a ring of roses will circle a statue of the Virgin Mary at Immaculate Conception Church at the University of Dayton. The 13th annual Family Rosary Rally is switching venues this year after 12 years at the

Purcell alumnus Roger Staubach heaves the “Hail Mary” pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson in 1975. (Courtesy Photo)
Purcell Alumni Roger Staubach originated “Hail Mary” pass In 1975, a devout Catholic athlete from Cincinnati and the Mother of Christ connected on the gridiron. Roger Staubach, star Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Cincinnati Purcell High School graduate, was 50 yards from pay-dirt with 24 seconds to play in a National

With the anniversary mass complete, Old St. Mary's continues as shining light in Over-the-Rhine. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Old St. Mary’s keeps it’s German roots while focusing on the future If any edifice in Cincinnati bears testament to the work ethic and craftsmanship of the city’s German immigrants, it is Old St. Mary’s, an Over-the-Rhine (OTR) landmark dating to 1841. It rose under the backbreaking work of German

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr with priests, servers, and Knights of Columbus Honor Guard (Courtesy Photo)
Shortly after the Civil War, things were booming around the Village of Coldwater, Ohio, in Mercer County, where mostly German immigrants were farming, felling timber and watching the Iron Horse come to connect them to Dayton and other large commercial hubs. in 1867, three Catholic Coldwater families approached Father Jacob

Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio CEO takes hands on approach to ministry For two decades, Ted Bergh worked in a business charged with being the community watchdog, reporting the good and bad of a changing society. Today, the former chief financial officer of the Gannett-owned Cincinnati Enquirer, finds himself serving

One of six statues blessed by Pope Francis in recognition of the centennial of miracles at Fatima, Portugal, will be displayed at the annual Fatima celebration at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein in Mercer County Aug. 11. The six statutes will be touring six countries this year and the

How brotherhood among alumni helps Moeller’s future students succeed Mary Fischer, director of alumni engagement at Moeller High School, calls them a band of brothers. Moeller Advancement Director Mike Volan, considers them the Moeller family. Alumni of Moeller are connected forever, they say. And at Moeller, as they are to

A century ago in the village of Fatima, Portugal, three children were divinely chosen to experience a miracle. That miracle at Fatima was celebrated locally by a large crowd on its May 13 anniversary at the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood. The local remembrance, highlighted by Mass, three guest speakers,

By Walt Schaefer As Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Pleasant Ridge celebrates a century of proclaiming the faith, lifetime parishioners celebrate a place where their Catholic roots were planted. The parish at the corners of Ridge Avenue and Woodford Road marked its 100th year with a centennial Mass in

Catherine Finke and Sr. Catherine de Notre Dame, lsp.
Most of us want to leave a legacy — a memorial of sorts, large or small, recognizing our lives on Earth and contributions we made. Mike Ibold Wilger’s legacy is grand. A piece of his life’s mission to the less fortunate brings smiles and laughter, dancing and singing, joy and