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Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer

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

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

  Our print edition said that the new site for the annual Dayton rally is Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton. The site is Immaculate Conception CHURCH in Dayton. We apologize for the error. On October 8, a ring of roses will circle a statue of the Virgin

New young adult group shines spotlight on Catholic Social Services There’s a new “shine” in the Gem City. Shine Dayton is a new group of young professionals dedicated to raising awareness among their peers of the good works offered and performed by Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley (CSSMV).

St. Mary of the Assumption church in Springboro includes many pieces from the old church in Franklin, including its German-made stained glass windows and its large Stations of the Cross. Much larger than the old church, its pews are already packed because the parish has nearly doubled in size. (CT Photo/Jeff Unroe)
150 year birthday for parish, 1 year for new church The past and the future have converged at St. Mary of the Assumption, now celebrating 150 years of serving the faithful in Warren County. A year ago the parish moved into a new church in Springboro, after outgrowing its building

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