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Unique program brings sisters, students together at MND
Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Damienne Grismer enjoys a visit with MND students as part of the Adopt-A-Sister Club.  (CT Photo/Walt Schaefer)

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Damienne Grismer enjoys a visit with MND students as part of the Adopt-A-Sister Club. (CT Photo/Walt Schaefer)

By Walt Schaefer
For The Catholic Telegraph

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Damienne Grismer plans to learn how to knit.

“These girls are going to make me,” said Sister Damienne with a laugh. “A lot of my fellow sisters doubt I’ll knit, that it’s ever going to happen. But, of course, I’m going to try.”

Her knitting “teachers” are all seniors at Mount Notre Dame High School in Reading. The school is an athletic field away from the convent on Columbia Avenue. The proximity of the convent to the school has enabled Mount Notre Dame to offer a one-of-a-kind extracurricular activity — the Adopt-a-Sister program. Continue reading

Bereavement groups play special role for holiday season

Pat Buckley and Sheila Munafo-Kanoza. (Courtesy Photo)

By Steve Trosley
The Catholic Telegraph

Members of grief counseling groups in Cincinnati area high schools will be hearing a clear message this holiday season: “There will be a time when you feel sad.” Continue reading

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Pevec of Cleveland dies at age 89

Retired Auxiliary Bishop A. Edward Pevec of Cleveland, pictured in this 2012 photo, died Dec. 14 at the age of 89. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of Cleveland)

By Catholic News Service 

CLEVELAND — Retired Bishop A. Edward Pevec of Cleveland, the son of Slovenian immigrants who was a priest for 64 years and a bishop for 20 of those years, died Dec. 14 in Cleveland. He was 89.

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Roger W. Gries of Cleveland was to celebrate evening vespers at the Center for Pastoral Leadership Dec. 19. Continue reading

Peace Masses scheduled for January 1

2012 File Photo: A balloon with an image of a dove floats as Pope Benedict XVI waves after leading the Angelus from the window of his apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square on the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and the the observance of World Peace Day at the Vatican Jan. 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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The Archdiocesan Offices of Catholic Social Action, Worship and Mission are inviting all to join for Masses in celebration of the 2015 World Day of Peace, Jan. 1, 2015. Continue reading

Around the Archdiocese: Dec. 16

Lauren Hill, center, speaks with teammates before a check presentation at Mount St. Joseph University earlier this year. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

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Below are news and notes from Around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

ESPN, V Foundation, announce grant in honor of Lauren Hill

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, and ESPN announced a grant of $100,000 to fund pediatric brain cancer research in honor of Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph University women’s basketball student-athlete who has shared her fight against terminal cancer with the world.  The donation was presented by ESPN and The V Foundation during the Jimmy V Women’s Basketball Classic Presented Dec. 6, 2014. Continue reading

Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

Mother Mary Clare Millea, superior general of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, speaks at a Dec. 16 Vatican press conference for release of the final report of a Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious. Mother Millea was the Vatican-appointed director of the visitation. At right is Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

Although initially seen by many religious and lay Catholics as a punitive measure, the apostolic visitation concluded with the publication Dec. 16 of a 5,000-word final report summarizing the problems and challenges the women themselves see in their communities and thanking them for their service to the church and to society, especially the poor. Continue reading

Catholic Foodie strives to bring people back around the table
Jeff Young, founder and producer of  The Catholic Foodie, uses social media and his background as an educator to make the connection between food and faith. (Courtesy Photo)

Jeff Young, founder and producer of The Catholic Foodie, uses social media and his background as an educator to make the connection between food and faith. (Courtesy Photo)

By Eileen Connelly, OSU
The Catholic Telegraph

“I just love to cook,” said Greg Young, during a recent telephone interview with The Catholic Telegraph. “God gives you certain gifts and interests and you put them to good use.”

Young has found a way to put his talent and passion to use as founder and producer of The Catholic Foodie, a podcast and blog that strengthens faith and families by highlighting how food can be a sign of God’s love and care for us. The show’s tagline, “where food meets faith,” “speaks volumes about the importance of family, which is so often developed around the kitchen table,” Young said.  Continue reading

Las Posadas celebrates Mary and Joseph’s journey
Art of a small creche. (Courtesy Photo)

Art of a small creche. (Courtesy Photo)

By Mary Bertonlini
For The Catholic Telegraph 

“And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem…” (Luke 2:4).

A very familiar verse to all Christians around the globe that begins the traditional story of Christmas: pregnant Mary heading out from Nazareth with Joseph leading the way; Joseph begging for lodging; the settling for a stable because the inns were full; the Baby in a manger; animals, shepherds, angels and magi. Continue reading

Franciscans initiate Peace Prayer Challenge

Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati Joseph R. Binzer took the Franciscan Peace Prayer Challenge in a video shared by the Friars online. (Screenshot)

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Franciscan Friars of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati continue to staff their ministry of presence at a storefront in Cincinnati’s Northgate Mall and in conjunction with that effort, they’re building momentum for a new online viral challenge.

Dubbed the Peace Prayer Challenge, the act is simple. The Friars are encouraging the whole world to pray the well-known peace prayer that begins, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A Soldier’s Prayer on Christmas Day from 1944

From the Dec. 22, 1944 edition of The Catholic Telegraph-Register (CT File)

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The Throwback Thursday research team tries to keep their posts informative and light, but with Christmas approaching, it seemed appropriate to acknowledge the of men and women from this archdiocese and beyond who will celebrate Christ’s birth far from home as they serve in defense of our nation. Continue reading