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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

Row 1 (L to R): Steve Broering, Peter Caccavari, Greg Doud, Bishop Foys, Graham Galloway, Nathan Beiersdorfer, Fr. Paul Keller (representing Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary), Deacon Mark Machuga (Director of the Office of the Diaconate)
Who is a deacon? There are three groups, or “orders,” of ordained ministers in the Catholic church: bishops, priests, and deacons. Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the church and to the world of Christ, who came “to serve and not to be served.”  What do deacons do?

One of the first deacons of Rome, St. Lawrence was one of the victims of the persecution of Valerian in 258.  At the beginning of the month of August, 258, the emperor issued an edict, commanding that all bishops, priests, and deacons should immediately be put to death (“episcopi et

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

Traditionally, the beginning of the order of deacons is traced back to the story in Acts of the Apostles, Acts 6: 1-6.      Whether this pertains to the history of the ordained order of deacons as they developed in the early centuries of the church is in dispute, but

NOTE: Father Rob Jack’s title for the Clermont County Region was incorrect in our print edition; he is the new parochial vicar. Father Martin Bachman is the pastor. “We wanted a priest from the beginning,” said Sacred Heart Radio’s General Manager Bill Levitt. “We’ve been trying to hire a priest for

Father Rob Jack, host of the new afternoon drive-time show on Cincinnati’s Sacred Heart Radio, lists the following “media Catholics” as his models: Ven. Fulton Sheen Bishop of Rochester, New York, and titular Archbishop of Newport, Wales, Sheen hosted one of the most popular television shows ever to air, “Life

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr celebrated Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral for more than 80 permanent deacons and their families Aug. 11. The Mass marked the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the permanent diaconate in the United States. For more information about the anniversary, area

Body + Soul By Erin Schurenberg The slogan for St. Ignatius Loyola School in Monfort Heights is: “Starts with I and ends with US.”       Such a slogan definitely applies to their Food Rescue Program, started during the 2016-17 school year, and growing in popularity ever since. The collective