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Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer

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

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

In October of 2014, Cathy Diehl began her quest: creating a ministry to provide gowns for infant girls who lost their lives within a year of birth. Today, gowns are available — at no cost to grieving parents — at many Cincinnati and Dayton-area hospitals including: Christ, Mercy Anderson, Mercy

Some men who claim Catholicism are marginal in living their faith. Those might include men who attend Mass solely at the behest of their spouse, or only on Christmas or Easter. Deacon David Profitt, director of the diaconate program for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, noticed there is little in on

Two key seconds bracket everyone’s life. They are the alpha and the omega of an individual’s existence. When hospice nurse and administrator Kim Vesey addresses groups about impending death, she ties it to the defining seconds of our being. “The title of my presentation is ‘First Breath — Final Breath.’

Pope Francis has a house in Cincinnati. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) dedicated the “Pope Francis House” on Hopple Court in Millvale Jan. 23. The new home of the Bureau family was built to honor the pontiff. The project was funded with $60,000 in seed money from an

As with most towns along the Ohio before the river was harnessed by reservoirs to control high waters, floods often forced residents to seek the high ground. The early history of St. Michael Parish in the Brown County river town of Ripley was affected by high waters, too. “In 1840,

Once Dave Beitz began learning the names of the people who frequent Mary Magdalene House in Over-the-Rhine, his volunteer service became much more meaningful. “Once you put a name to the face of homelessness, it becomes different. You start seeing these people routinely. You start knowing them. After you’re there