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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

Staff Report Editor’s Note: This story was posted prior to when the present website design took effect. Today’s Throwback Thursday is short and sweet. We’re saying goodbye to this website — sort of. Don’t fret. isn’t going anywhere, but it is getting a total makeover. As we announced last month, the improved site will

Staff Report In 1969 the church document Fidei Custos set down the conditions under which a lay person who was also not an acolyte could assist in the distribution of the Eucharist as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. In 1972, the first U.S. teenagers ever granted that extraordinary permission were members

By Walt Schaefer For The Catholic Telegraph In 1804, Julie Billiart had a meeting with the Bishop of Amiens, France, when she told him of her vision to create a religious order of women educators who would serve worldwide. The bishop and the sister were not in agreement. The bishop

Staff Report Perhaps one of this publication’s most moving stories of the past couple years involved a non-Catholic and a story not entirely tied to religion. The story of this Throwback Thursday is Lauren Hill. An Indiana native, and standout student-athlete in high school, Hill was diagnosed with, and later died of,

Press Release Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Andrea Koverman and Tracy Kemme pronounced first vows during a ceremony June 27 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph motherhouse. Both women professed the vows of poverty, consecrated celibacy and obedience, committing themselves “for three years to the service

By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph Homecoming at Lehman Catholic High School had a different meaning this year. After more than 40 years of celebrating homecoming away from home, a new tradition at the Sidney Ohio school brought the event to campus for the first time. In an advancement committee

By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph To be  Catholic priest is a calling fraught with challenges, but it is also one that, through the grace of God, many find peace and joy. Nov. 1-7 is National Vocation Awareness Week.  The Catholic Telegraph spoke with Fathers Leonard Kostka, Todd Grogan and

Staff Report The Catholic Telegraph has been around for 184 years, but just less than 10 of those years have included an online presence. The current web site, which you’re reading right now, was developed in 2009. For its time it was adequate to the needs of our readership, but big changes

The Catholic Telegraph’s first edition of 2016 features Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr holding aloft the Gospel before opening the Holy Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. The issue should begin arriving in mailboxes Dec. 30. The cover story (page 6) will tell readers that more