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Amazing Grace at Catholic CharitiesDecember 20th, 2011
Steve Feldmann, the new Director of Agency Advancement for Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio, has an amazing story. Steve’s birth mother was single mother and started working with Catholic Charities before his birth to have him placed for adoption. Steve was put in the care of Catholic Charities upon his birth and placed at St. Joseph Infant & Maternity Home. He then went into foster care and was eventually placed in St. Joseph Orphanage. He was adopted out of the Orphanage at 8½ years of age by a couple volunteering there for the summer. But because he was ve was born with a cleft lip and …Read More.
Saluting Black CatholicsNovember 3rd, 2011
Today, Nov. 3, is the feast of St. Martin de Porres, the first Black American recognized as a saint. He was canonized by Blessed John XXIII in 1962. This month is also Black Catholic History month — a good time to reflect that there are about 3 million African American Catholics in the United States, and about 4,000 in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Learn more at our Office of African American Catholic Ministries.Read More.
Engaged or disengaged?October 5th, 2011
Members of Archdiocese of Cincinnati staff take a day of reflection each year to pray together and to step back as a group and reflect on what we are about. This year our speaker for this annual day of reflection was Matthew Kelly, a Catholic writer and business consultant. Kelly’s company has done some fascinating research, the surprising results of which he shared with us. You may heave heard that in any organization about 80 percent of all the time and money is contributed by 20 percent of the members. In surveying thousands of Catholic …Read More.
New name, same missionOctober 3rd, 2011
The former Family Life Office of the Archdiocese has a new name. It’s now the Family and Respect Life Office. While the office’s mission to help families in a broad range of areas hasn’t changed, the new name reflects that this is the office dealing with respect life concerns. Fittingly, the change comes during Respect Life month, a time when parishes take up a collection to fund grants provided by the office to support the pro-life activities.Read More.
New media in old MilfordJuly 11th, 2011
Fr. Rob Waller, pastor of St. Andrew Church in Milford, was one of the priests who attended our program on blogging for priests last month. He sent me the following update about what his parish is doing to explore the digital continent: 1. We are already livestreaming all Masses. 2. We are updating our parish website. 3. We are developing further our parish Facebook page. 4. Pastor already has a YouTube channel. 5. Pastor is just recently on Twitter — and is now tweeting. 6. Pastor has created a blog on WordPress. 7. We will be …Read More.
Exploring the Digital ContinentJuly 1st, 2011
As you read in the e-pistle, Pope Benedict XVI this week made history by sending the first papal tweet. He did so in announcing the launching of a new Vatican news portal in cyberspace, www.news.va, which brings together in one website communications from various Vatican news operations — print, audio and video. This new venture should surprise no one. What the Vatican likes to call “the digital continent” has been the subject of the past several World Communications Day addresses from the Holy Father. In the Archdiocese, we too are exploring the digital continent. This week we brought in Helen …Read More.
Our Newest Catholic High SchoolJune 2nd, 2011
Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarczyk will preside Sunday (June 5) at the dedication and blessing of the new DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati. Although Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr cannot attend because of his confirmation schedule, he sent the following letter of support: Congratulations and thanks to all who have helped bring the Cristo Rey vision to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in the form of DePaul Cristo Rey High School. In particular, I am grateful for the vision and energy of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in leading this endeavor and for the support …Read More.
Helping Child Abuse VictimsMay 26th, 2011
Sandy Keiser, a social worker and 40-year veteran of Catholic Charities, is the new Victims’ Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Officially, she doesn’t start until July 1, but she’s already transitioning into the role. Check out her wonderful interview on WXIX-TV, Ch. 19. Sandy will be reaching out to anyone who was abused as a child by a priest, employee or volunteer repreesenting the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. She will arrange counseling and try to bring healing. If you or anyone you know can benefit from her ministry, please contact her at 513-263-6623, and at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More.
Making Big Dreams Come TrueMay 19th, 2011
Chatfield College, perhaps the least well known Catholic institution of higher learning in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, had its graduation exercises on Saturday with Archbishop Schnurr as the commencement speaker. Chatfield is a unique institution — Ohio’s only three-year liberal arts college. Students (mostly non-traditional) at its campuses in Brown County and Over-the-Rhine can earn an associates degree and get in one additional year of credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Since its founding by the Ursulines of Brown County in 1971, about half of the school’s approximately 1,000 graduates have earned a promotion and 40 percent have …Read More.
The Next Best Thing to Being ThereMay 3rd, 2011
At the Archdiocesan offices we are still joyous over the news that Fr. Joe Binzer will be ordained a bishop at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9. He will be our first auxiliary bishop since the late Bishop Carl Moeddel retired in 2007. Unfortunately, the Cathederal of St. Peter in Chains can only hold about 1,200 people with extra chairs set up — far fewer than would like to come. So the event has to be invitation-only. But everyone with Internet access will be able to watch it live at www.CatholicCincinnati.org. Afterwards the video will be archived …Read More.