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by Eileen Connelly, OSU Their faith initially brought Brian and Kathleen DeRouen together as graduate students at the University of Dayton and ultimately let the couple to a hilltop house in West Virginia where all are welcomed with compassion and open arms. Brian originally hails from the San Francisco Bay area; Kathleen

by Eileen Connelly, OSU In describing her ministry to the Navajo people, Sister of the Blessed Sacrament Zoe Brenner simply says, “I’m just doing what God is calling me to do.” But there is much more to it for the Reading, Ohio, native who entered religious life in 1966. Her

by Eileen Connelly, OSU For its 175-year history, the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Downtown Cincinnati has stood as a testament of the faith of Catholics in the archdiocese. The impressive Greek Revival structure, located at the intersection of Eighth and Plum Streets, is dedicated to the imprisonment

by Eileen Connelly, OSU Shortly after an ultrasound machine was installed at Elizabeth’s New Life Center’s (ENLC) Women’s Center in Lebanon, the staff performed a scan on a young woman with no support who was fearful of going through her pregnancy alone. While receptive to the center’s services and discussion

By Eileen Connelly, OSU As the sun rose on Philadelphia Sept. 27, dozens of pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati arrived on several buses that departed from the Pilarczyk Center in Dayton the night before for the trip of a lifetime — to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis and

by Eileen Connelly, OSU There is much joy and a certain sense of peace that accompany following God’s will for us. This was how Karen Izor felt as she prepared to enter the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist on Aug. 22, along with 17 other young women

From EWTN News Nightly, May 6, 2020 Carson Kissell is a remarkable young man. Despite the fact he suffers from a very painful skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa, he always has a smile on his face and has great faith. Carson also broadcasts live on Facebook every day, praying the

St. Joseph Orphanage’s Behavior Support Specialist, Willie Wright, packs bags of food alongside other education team members to be delivered to the homes of students.
by Eileen Connelly, OSU Teachers, therapists and staff members at St. Joseph Orphanage (SJO) have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis with above and beyond dedication and compassion. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1829, SJO is one of the oldest child and family service agencies in

by Eileen Connelly, OSU When Ted Bergh retires from his position as CEO of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio (CCSWO) on April 3, he will do so knowing he responded to God’s call, along with making an indelible impact on the lives of those experiencing poverty. Bergh, who ministered with Catholic

by Eileen Connelly, OSU Holy Spirit, breathe in me. Breathe in me.” That was Dina Beach’s prayer immediately following a devastating car accident last July 13, as she sat amid the wreckage. Months later, after a slow, and often painful, recovery, accompanied by steadfast prayer, Beach, assistant director of Latino