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Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer

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

The Catholic Shop has been a part of downtown Madeira for 20 years. The store, which is owned and operated by Dan and Jenn Giroux(cq) offers a wide variety of religious articles, including books, music and gifts to the Catholic community. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Most visitors to The Catholic Shop in Madeira come with a defined purpose. There are the fallen away Catholics who want to explore how to return to the Church; the non-Catholics searching for something more in their lives and looking to learn about Catholicism; and those with a serious illness

The measure of a man often hinges on how he treats others. For 16-year-old Nathan Stelter, that measure is exactly 73 feet. As his Eagle Scout project, Stelter decided to construct 73 feet of shelving devoted to storing supplies for the most needy in our society – drug addicted newborns.

Kylie Schmidt with Savannah Hoover in the background poses with two Navajo children at Summer Bible School. (Courtesy Photo)
Kylie Schmidt, with her group, huffed up the hill in Navajo country. There are few trees —just an arid expanse colored in various shades of brown and red and dotted by scrub. “You can look out from the top and see all of Tohatchi and mile upon mile of the

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

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

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