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Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer

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

Father William Dorrmann delivers the Holy Eucharist to a parishioner during the St. Aloysius Parish 150th Anniversary Mass in Shandon Saturday, June 2, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
By Walt Schaefer      Over its 150-year history, St. Aloysius Parish in Shandon has grown in size and moved from a small church in the Butler County hamlet to a large one on a hillside out of town.      But, parishioners agree, one thing has remained steadfast over

By Walt Schaefer Pope Paul VI took the first step in restoring the ancient order of permanent diaconate in the Catholic Church’s Latin Rite in 1967 as part of the Vatican II reforms. In the spring of 1968, the bishops of the United States petitioned the Holy Father to revive

An ancient calling meets modern marriages; taking Fridays off By Walt Schaefer Deacon Mike and Kathy Hinger The plan is for Deacon Mike Hinger to take Fridays off with his wife.      Hinger, a deacon at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Liberty Township, finds his vocation to God and

By Walt Schaefer The story of the permanent diaconate has been an evolving one over the past 50 years.   The archdiocese has seen the ministry of these men blossom into a respected and necessary ministry in almost all parishes in the archdiocese.      “Deacons are very important in

By Walt Schaefer An oil painting on the wall of Ahmad Darouich’s Bond Hill home depicts a police officer, arm outstretched, one hand up, telling the viewer to stop.      It has a deeper meaning to Darouich, who came to the United States from Aleppo, Syria, 11 months ago.

By Walt Schaefer In long-established parishes, family trees point to lasting loyalty. At the same time, these maps of generations can also hint at a healthy future.      So it is at St. James the Greater in White Oak, which traces its roots to the German families who founded

By Walt Schaefer Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood is not known for its beauty, but the short life of Victoria Stoltz lives on at a two-family home on Dayton Street. And that’s beautiful.      A colorful mural with mosaic elements includes 16-year-old Victoria’s likeness, along with images of birds and

Scholarship named for Precious Blood Sister will train staff for Dayton senior facility This story first appeared in our July, 2018 print edition By Walt Schaefer Precious Blood Sister Alice (Rose Miriam) Schoettelkotte was more than thrilled when told scholarships will be awarded in her name. She said she was:

Priest who built campus ministry moves to parish life; who’s next for WSU This story first appeared in our July, 2018 print edition By Walt Schaefer Father Ed Burns, who has served as Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Wright State University for the past dozen years, hopped in his car

St. Anthony Shrine Holy Thursday Morning (Greg Hartman CT/Photo)
On June 13, the annual nine-week novena at the National Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua on Colerain Avenue will close with a standing-room-only chapel of pilgrims there to celebrate the saint’s feast day. “On the actual feast day, things get crazy,” said Toni Cashnelli, spokeswoman for shrine and Franciscan