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Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer

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

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

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

Father John O’Donoghue saddled his horse outside his home church in Morrow and began to make frequent visits to Wilmington — the Quaker-founded seat of Clinton County. A group of Irish farmers had requested a priest come to say Mass and eventually Father O’Donoghue fulfilled their wish on a more

Through an organization called School of Faith, John Leyendecker discovered his mission is teaching teachers. “School of Faith started working in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati,” said Leyendecker, a northern Kentucky native who now resides in Milford. “Last year, we took 15 Catholic school teachers to the Holy Land for a

Dominican Sister Mary John
There are times when vocations to religious life converge in celebration. When Dominican Sister Mary John Slonkosky was honored July 10 at St. Augustine Parish in Minster for her 25 years of service to God and His church, the anniversary of her vocation was the focus. But, the extended family

Change is coming to NET Ministries in Cincinnati — the first NET Ministries hub in the United States. Ryan Lopez, who with wife Catherine, coordinated the local NET office, is departing to take a leadership position with the Minnesota-based Laboure Society, a ministry designed to assist people who want to discern

Theft failed to deter Paul Lammermeier from his 20-year mission — serving inner-city poor youth in Peru. “I went in to Piura, Peru, in 1984 with a group of students,” said Lammermeier, who, at the time, was teaching religion at St. Xavier High School. “We went to a small village

As Maria Gavaria’s career in human resources centers on global diversity and inclusion, her work for the church focuses on World Youth Day and Mission Youth — global opportunities for youth worldwide. She has become a leader in workplace spirituality where employees are not expected to leave their religion at