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Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer

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

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Officer Matthew Siry has issued an APB to all police nationwide. This All Points Bulletin alerts every member of the Thin Blue Line of an opportunity to order a free rosary and pray it. “I’m a park ranger for Great Parks of Hamilton County where I have served for 12

Holy Family Frenchtown (Courtesy Photo)
As Holy Family Parish in Frenchtown celebrates 170 years of its founding and 100 years in the same church, research confirmed it is the oldest church in continuous operation in Darke County. “The church was named Holy Family — Child Jesus, the Virgin Mary, his mother, and Saint Joseph, his

As Paul Stanbery was composing “I Maximilian…”a piece in honor of the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe, he felt an eerie sensation that he was being led to the various elements he used in the tribute. The composition made its debut Oct. 29 on the anniversary

Dina Beach (Courtesy Photo)
In October, 37 members of the Latino community were recognized at St. Julie Billiart Parish in Hamilton for completing a program called Echoes of Faith. The program is a new initiative launched in large part by Dina Beach, of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Office of Evangelization and Discipleship, who is

Kneeling in prayer during a June 16 Mass in Indianapolis are John Paul Malinoski, left, Patrick Barron and Leo Ocampo, who are all members of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Indianapolis, and Isaac Williams, a member of St. John the Apostle Parish in Bloomington, Ind. Teenage boys from across Indiana and beyond participated in a mid-June vocations retreat and camping experience at Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary. (CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion) See INDIANA-SEMINARY-DAYS Aug. 5, 2016.
Students fret as the end of a term means exam week. “I would never encourage a student don’t worry about studying and you’ll be fine. That’s kind of a ‘God will have mercy on you (attitude). But, use of the powers and gifts God has given you is important. I

Composer Paul Stanbery (Courtesy Photo)
As Paul Stanbery was composing a piece to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe, he felt an eerie sensation that he was being led to the various elements he used in the tribute. The composition will make its debut Oct. 29 on the anniversary of

Cincinnati area artist John McCoy is painting the images of more than 62 saints at All Saints Parish in Alpena, Mich., where three parishes have been combined. McCoy, 24, had launched a freelance art career with the commission. (Courtesy Photo)
Not far from the shore of Lake Huron, more than 62 saints are gathering at All Saints Parish in Alpena, Mich., thanks to John McCoy, an artist from Greater Cincinnati. Following his graduation from the Art Academy of Cincinnati with a four-year degree in illustration, McCoy, 24, launched a free-lance

Sister Rebeca Spires, who has served in the Brazilian interior since 1970, tends to a blind woman. (Courtesy Photo)
Since 1970, Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Rebeca Spires has made the interior her mission. For more than four and a half decades, Sister Rebeca has brought Christ’s love to poor farm workers and the indigenous people of the Brazilian interior. “Jesus touches every person He cures,” Sister Rebeca

An artist’s depiction of Our Lady of Fatima appearing to the three children in 1917. (Courtesy Photo)
It was 100 years ago, in the village of Fatima, Portugal, when three children —Lucia Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marta, were visited six times by an angel — preparing them for an even more significant messenger — the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Fatima, who appeared to

Dr. Michael Match, Director of Music, leads a Responsorial Psalm during the St. Aloysius Gonzaga 150th anniversary celebration closing Mass in Cincinnati Sunday, June 19, 2016. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Shortly after the end of the Civil War, the predominantly German farmers who populated what is today Hamilton County’s Green Township, tired of the weekly trek to Mass at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Delhi Township or St. James in White Oak. “Back in that time, it was still