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Walt Schaefer

Walt Schaefer

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

Parishes across the archdiocese are lighting up anew – ecologically. They range from large to small parishes, several in greater Cincinnati, a few in Dayton. Matt Kolbinsky, president of PRO Lighting & Solar, LLC., said most projects to date are for LED lighting improvements generated by cost rebates made available

Tom Dao unravels red tape. Dao, a Vietnamese who arrived in the United States and Cincinnati in 1985, has become involved in  social service advocacy for the elderly and others in need in the Vietnamese community. “Some of what I do is help elderly people fill out applications for things

In a now-reverent place in Poland, impressions are etched where life’s dreams once ended. While Auschwitz, the most infamous German concentration camp in Poland touched Kristin Rutter on her visit there, it was at Majdanek where her emotions peaked. “You’ve never heard of it, right?” Rutter asked. “There were no

It was 1911 when 10 German-made stained glass windows were installed in what was then St. Stephen Church in Hamilton. The church building, constructed in 1853 to replace an original 1834 church, today is home to St. Julie Billiart Parish — a 1989 merger of three Hamilton parishes: St. Stephen,

No doubt, the sun shines on every parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and very soon St. Monica/St. George will be making the most of it. The Clifton parish is the first in the archdiocese to convert to solar energy to light the campus from church, to parish center, to

Midnight Mass at Christmas has made a comeback at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati’s only Maronite Church. The Maronite Church is part of the Eastern Church centered in Lebanon and extending into Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, said Father George Hajj, pastor at St. Antony

Through volunteering, Sabrina Burton Simonson has discovered people in situations she did not know existed and a means to help them. “I’m blessed because I do not know what it’s like to be in the position these people are in. I have no idea,” said Simonson, executive assistant to the

As Immaculate Conception Parish in Botkins, Shelby County, celebrates 150 years, long-time parishioner Mike Gehrlich sees it as a time to remember, reflect and give thanks. “As you work to compile all of the information about the parish, you realize how dependent we are on what went before us,” Gehrlich