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Mount St. Joe, Xavier work together to help dying athlete’s dream come true
Lauren Hill is a freshman member of Mount St. Joseph University's women's basketball team. She is dying of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma and hopes to play in a collegiate game during the time she has left. (Courtesy Photo/The Cure Starts Now Foundation)

Lauren Hill is a freshman member of Mount St. Joseph University's women's basketball team. She is dying of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma and hopes to play in a collegiate game during the time she has left. (Courtesy Photo/The Cure Starts Now Foundation)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph 

By now, most people have heard the story of Lauren Hill.

Thanks to collaboration of two of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Catholic universities, more people will be able to witness a key moment in that story and more money will be raised for research on an incurable disease.

A feature by The Sporting News’ Chris Littmann brought national attention to the saga of the incoming Mount St. Joseph University freshman who is dying of a rare, inoperable brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Her story was first told by Local 12′s Brad Johansen.

Lauren Hill (22) is a freshman member of Mount St. Joseph University's women's basketball team dying of inoperable brain cancer. Her dream to play a college basketball game is being made possible thanks to collaboration by several institutions. (Courtesy Photo/The Cure Starts Now Foundation)

Lauren Hill (22) is a freshman member of Mount St. Joseph University's women's basketball team dying of inoperable brain cancer. Her dream to play a college basketball game is being made possible thanks to collaboration by several institutions. (Courtesy Photo/The Cure Starts Now Foundation)

The various media reports say Hill isn’t expected to live long, but she’d committed to playing basketball for the Mount on her 18th birthday. Now 19, her goal now is to make good on that commitment by playing one game. To make that happen, Mount St. Joe and its game one opponent this season, Hiram College, worked together. The game was scheduled for Nov. 15 at Hiram, but the schools asked the NCAA for permission to play it Nov. 2 at the Mount, and the NCAA said yes.

Now, because of the extreme interest in Hill’s story, the game has been moved again from the Mount’s 2,000-seat Harrington Center to Xavier University’s 10,250-seat Cintas Center. The Mount and Xavier are both Catholic universities. Hiram, located near Cleveland, is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ.

The game will be played Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets went on sale Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. for $5 each. Net proceeds will go to The Cure Starts Now Foundation and are available at GoXavier.com or Ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at (800) 745-3000 or at the Xavier ticket office. Xavier University athletic director Greg Christopher said several game staff (ushers, etc.) will be donating their time instead of accepting payment.
Local 12 further reported that parking in the lots around the Cintas Center will be free, and that Ticketmaster will waive fees on tickets purchased through Xavier’s website.

UPDATE: By 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, the Ticketmaster website was listing no more seats available for the game. Tickets sold out at the Ticketmaster website in less than one hour.

Update: Mount St. Joseph has confirmed that tickets are sold out.

According to The Cure Starts Now, DIPG most often affects the young and is among the most resistant cancers to chemotherapy. Less than 10% of DIPG children will live longer than 18 months from diagnosis.

“On behalf of the women’s basketball team and the entire Mount St. Joseph University community, we are grateful that Lauren will have this opportunity which grants her wish to play college basketball,” said Steve Radcliffe, athletic director at the Mount, in a press release. “The Mount’s spirit is wherever the Mount community gathers regardless of venue. We have received heartfelt emails and phone calls of support from people around the world who have heard of Lauren’s story.”

Christopher told The Catholic Telegraph he was watching the news when Local 12′s story on Hill first aired. After the segment, he received a text from Xavier men’s basketball coach Chris Mack. Mack was the one who suggested Xavier offer the Cintas Center, if Mount St. Joseph and Hill were interested. Christopher immediately emailed Radcliffe and the two began working on the details the next day.

Christopher was pleased Xavier could help, but added that this is about Hill’s story and making a memory for her and her teammates.

“This was a very easy thing for Xavier to want to do to be able to help out,” Christopher said. “This is about Lauren and about Mount St. Joe. From a Xavier standpoint, we just happened to have the basketball arena. Certainly, we’re happy to help but we wanted Mount St. Joe and Lauren to be completely comfortable… This game is really about Lauren and her teammates and trying to make a very memorable experience for them.”

Prayer efforts are also underway to support Hill and her family. According to The Catholic Beat, The Sisters of Charity, the religious order that operates Mount St. Joseph University, are asking people to pray to Sister Blandina Segale, a Sister of Charity whose Cause for Sainthood was opened this year, on behalf of Hill. The novena began Oct. 21 and the prayer can be found HERE.

Posted Oct. 22, 2014

 
Downtown church using St. John Paul II feast to build community
Mass goers from St. Louis Catholic Church in downtown Cincinnati (left) will be passing out Pope St. John Paul II prayer cards after the 12:10 p.m. Mass Wednesday Oct. 22. Oct. 22, 2014 is the first feast day of St. John Paul II. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Mass goers from St. Louis Catholic Church in downtown Cincinnati (left) will be passing out Pope St. John Paul II prayer cards after the 12:10 p.m. Mass Wednesday Oct. 22. Oct. 22, 2014 is the first feast day of St. John Paul II. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph

A laity-led initiative that grew out of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Proclaim 2014 convocation will be honoring Pope St. John Paul II on his feast day Wednesday. Continue reading

 
Around the Archdiocese: Oct. 21

Delhi Police Corporal Frank Gentile poses for a photo with students Adam Schloemer, Austin Tettenhorst and Eddie Jones. (Courtesy Photo/St. Dominic)

Staff Report

There’s never shortage of inspiring or exciting events taking place at Catholic schools, parishes and other institutions throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. With that in mind we’re initiating “Around the Archdiocese,” an intermittently published online feature highlighting some of the best submitted news items sent to The Catholic Telegraph. Continue reading

 
$25 Visa Gift cards available as prizes for taking 2014 reader survey

Staff Report

The Catholic Telegraph is seeking to better understand the needs of its readers, both in print and in the digital realm. A reader survey was sent to print readers earlier this year, and now its time for readers of www.TheCatholicTelegraph.com to share their thoughts.

All who complete the survey before Oct. 30 will be entered in a random drawing for one of eight $25 Visa gift cards. Visit the survey page HERE.

Posted Oct. 18, 2014

 
Binzer, new bishops, meet Pope Francis
Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati Joseph R. Binzer, left, meets with Pope Francis Sept. 18 at the Vatican. Bishop Binzer was present to attend a conference for new bishops. (L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO PHOTO)

Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati Joseph R. Binzer, left, meets with Pope Francis Sept. 18 at the Vatican. Bishop Binzer was present to attend a conference for new bishops. (L'Osservatore Romano photo)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph 

Though more than three years have passed since his episcopal ordination, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer recently traveled to the Vatican for a Pilgrimage to the Tomb of St. Peter and Conference for new bishops. Continue reading

 
Week 7 standings and Week 8 opponents for archdiocese Catholic HS football teams
Fenwick and McNicholas high school football players participate in a pre-season Rosary Rally. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Fenwick and McNicholas high school football players participate in a pre-season Rosary Rally. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Staff Report

Harkening back to older times where The Catholic Telegraph published high school football information in the print edition, for the remainder of the season we’ll be posting the collected standings and weekly opponents of all of our Catholic high school football teams here each Friday. Continue reading

 
Throwback Thursday: Habemus John Paul II
The election of John Paul II to the papacy on this date in 1978 was a historic moment for the church. (CT File)

The election of John Paul II to the papacy on this date in 1978 was a historic moment for the church. (CT File)

Staff Report

Though present-day secular media like to use hyperbole over every morsel of Catholic news, on this date in 1978 that the church really did experience what could be called a “seismic shift.”

For the first time since 1605, it was to be a year of three popes. Pope Paul VI died in August, and John Paul I succeeded him the same month. Six weeks later, Pope John Paul I was dead, and the cardinals gathered to choose the next successor of Peter. Continue reading

 
Archbishop Schnurr on Synod: Take a deep breath and don’t get too excited

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati has released a letter to the faithful concerning the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops currently underway in Rome. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Staff Report

Responding to confusion and concern over reports from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr has released the following letter, explaining the relatio post disceptationem, the summary document recently released by the Vatican. Continue reading

 
Local deacon, Family Life director endure home invasion

Staff Report

The home of Deacon John Gerke and his wife, Colleen, was broken into by a pair of armed robbers in the early the morning Oct. 13. The Gerkes were unharmed, and the suspects are in police custody.

Deacon Gerke is assigned to ministry at Holy Family church in Price Hill. Colleen Gerke is the Director of the Family and Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

According to a report posted online by the St. Bernard Police Department, the suspects were chased from the home by the residents. They fled the area with a host of stolen items, including two pyx used for bringing the Eucharist to the sick and homebound, but were located a short time later. Continue reading

 
At 100, Maryknoll sister ‘still has work to do’

Maryknoll Sister Paulita Hoffmann's 100th birthday cake is cut at the Maryknoll Sisters Center Aug. 13. Sister Paulita spent most of her life as a missionary in China and Taiwan. (Courtesy Photo)

By Eileen Connelly, OSU
The Catholic Telegraph

Most young girls growing up in Cincinnati in the 1920s didn’t dream of become missionaries to China, yet from an early age, Maryknoll Sister Paulita Hoffman knew exactly what she wanted to do, and what God’s will for her was. The spunky nun, who celebrated her 100th birthday in August, is now looking back on life of faith and dedicated service. As she recently said, “God tells me I still have work do.”  Continue reading