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Throwback Thursday: Bishop on a bulldozer

Archbishop Karl J. Alter is seen riding a bulldozer in this file image. (CT File)

Staff Report

In the late 1950s, just as today, it wasn’t common to see a bishop in full clerical garb riding atop a bulldozer,  but it happened once.

Pictured in today’s Throwback Thursday is Archbishop Karl J. Alter. On Jan. 4, 1959 he mounted a bulldozer for a photo op during the construction of Moeller High School. The photo ran as the cover of the April 19, 1985 edition of The Catholic Telegraph. Continue reading

UD libraries honor vowed religious in special exhibit

Press release


With 2015 decreed as the Year of Consecrated Life by Pope Francis, University of Dayton Libraries is honoring the priests, sisters and brothers — the vowed religious — who devote their lives to serving God and humanity.


“Charism, Character and Calling,” on display through March 31 in the Roesch Library, tells these stories through treasures from three special library collections that preserve the history of the U.S. Catholic Church, tell the story of the University’s Marianist heritage, and draw scholars from around the world to study Mary, the mother of Jesus.


“To many, consecrated life is mysterious,” said Kathleen Webb, dean of University Libraries. “Because it’s not typically a highly visible or attention-seeking life, people are often not aware of the impact that consecrated religious have had on our community and our world. This exhibit helps shine a light on their faith, their commitment to a life of service, as well as their humor, their creativity and their call to religious life.” Continue reading

Catholic Families sought for century farm honor

Altar server Ray Fox carries the cross as Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr and others process in at the opening of the "Farm Mass" Sept. 5 at the farm of Randy Louiso in West Union. (CT Photo/Paul Hannah)

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Catholic Rural Life of St. Marys and Sidney deaneries is encouraging Catholic farming families in those deaneries to apply for enrollment in the Catholic Century Farms Registry. Continue reading

Mount St. Joseph University president stepping down at academic year end

Mount St. Joseph President Tony Aretz has announced plans to resign at the end of the present school year. (CT File)

Press Release

Mount St. Joseph University president Tony Aretz has announced his resignation from his leadership role at the liberal arts institution effective with the culmination of this academic year.  

 “I have been honored the past seven years to lead this great university whose mission is lived daily by dedicated faculty, staff and students,” Aretz said. “I have been able to complete many of the goals I had when arriving at the Mount and throughout the rest of my career, will reflect upon the many accomplishments we achieved with great pride.”

Aretz came to the Mount in 2008 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., where he had served as academic vice president. He previously had been on faculty at the United States Air Force Academy and is a retired lieutenant colonel. During his seven-year tenure, the Mount grew from college to university, launched the Center for Ethical Leadership, the Vision2020 strategic plan, and created the career preparedness program, Talent Opportunity Program (TOP). The Mount also partnered with Education at Work, establishing an innovative on-campus work opportunity to help students manage the cost of tuition and enhance the affordability of their education. Several new majors, including graduate and doctorate degrees in nursing and business were also added.  Continue reading

The Light is ON for You Today Tuesday March 3rd

The Light is ON for You tonight, March 3, 2015.

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The Light is On for You”
is today, Tuesday, March 3rd.

Today, every parish or pastoral region in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will open its doors from 7 to 9 p.m. for quiet prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession. All Catholics are welcome, but especially those who have been away from the Church or the sacrament for some time. A similar initiative last year produced long lines for confession in many parishes, as well as positive feedback.  “The Light is On for You” is an opportunity for each of us to experience the forgiveness and joy given through the Sacrament of Reconciliation,” Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, wrote in the March issue of The Catholic Telegraph, the Archdiocesan newspaper. “I, too, am a sinner. I know it is never easy to speak aloud our faults and ask forgiveness. Yet, we meet Christ, the Divine Healer, in the Sacrament. I am humbled each time I hear the confession of a person seeking the mercy of Christ and spiritual wholeness.” Continue reading

Wray to be ordained a priest March 7

Deacon J. Thomas Wray, seen here as an Episcopal cleric in 2010, will be ordained a Roman Catholic Priest March 7 at St. Margaret of York in Mainville. (Courtesy Photo)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph

Deacon J. Thomas Wray, 55, will be ordained to the priesthood at 4:30 p.m. March 7 at St. Margaret of York in Mainville by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr.

Wray’s path to the Catholic priesthood has come through a circuitous route. He was ordained in the Episcopal church in 1990 and served that ecclesial community until 2008. He and his family, wife Janet, daughter Katie, 21, and son James, 18, were received into the Catholic Church in 2011. Continue reading

Advisor to pope to speak at Athenaeum in March

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will speak at the Athenaeum March 11. (CNS Photo/Bob Roller)

Athenaeum of Ohio Report

Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, one of the nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the pope, will present two lectures on March 11 at the Athenaeum of Ohio.

“I know from personal experience that the cardinal is a courageous defender of the most vulnerable in society; he is a prophetic voice in calling for justice and reform in the church. At the same time he has always proved himself to be a gentle and compassionate pastor,” said Father Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, president of the Athenaeum and rector of Mount St. Mary’s seminary, who initiated the cardinal’s visit along with Father Earl Fernandes, dean of the Athenaeum. Continue reading

Lenten Family Activity for The Light is ON for You!


The Light is ON for YOU!

Staff Report

The Light is ON for You! Gather your family and friends and head to church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 2, 2015, as every church will be open in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Have a quiet hour prior to attending and take the opportunity to pray and have an examination of conscience. If you’re family isn’t attending, place a candle in the window for support of this extraordinary day. Additionally, pray for those attending The Light is ON for You!

A special website, www.LightIsON4u.org contains resources for the returning penitent as well as for pastors and staff preparing for Tuesday, March 3rd. Continue reading

Former Reds mascot makes connection to faith through youth ministry

Mr. Redlegs, aka Bradley Barnes, coordinator of youth ministry at Guardian Angels Parish at an event. (Courtesy Photo)

By Eileen Connelly, OSU
The Catholic Telegraph 

Bradley Barnes recalls the youth ministers who inspired him when he was a child and in his teenage years. Now he hopes to do the same for the young people at Guardian Angels Parish in Mt. Washington, where he has served as coordinator of youth ministry since last October. Aiding him in connecting with the youth is a unique (and fun!) role he played until recently – that of Mr. Redlegs, mascot of the Cincinnati Reds. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Archdiocese’s first cathedral

From the Feb. 24, 1950 edition of The Catholic Telegraph-Register, Cincinnati's first cathedral is pictured. (CT File)

Staff Report 

The word cathedral conjures up images of giant gothic masterpieces that stretch upwards toward the heavens in majesty as an architectural tribute to God. While many cathedrals, including Cincinnati’s Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, are modern marvels there’s no requirement that they be particularly large or ornate. Continue reading