“These Scenes May Seem Alike to You . . .”

Halfway through the past century, the St. Anthony Messenger editors began publishing what many today consider the magazine’s hallmark: “Pete and Repeat.” It was Father Victor Drees, OFM, working with assistant Marie Frohmiller and a new assistant editor, Mary Lynne Phillips. Apparently Father Victor...

Who Is Your Hero?

A few years ago, I was privileged to be part of a team of leaders of a Youth Renew retreat held annually at my parish. The team of youths and adults met weekly for months prior to the commencement of the retreat. During that time, we formed a tight bond as we reflected on Bible verses, exchanged stories, and...

Dedication to Catholic Education

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Last Friday night was Roger Bacon High School’s graduation in...

‘Death Be Not Proud’

As my younger brother lies dying of cancer,  I struggle with what to write. This won’t be a light posting because I’m just not in that space right now. I sit with my sisters in a hospital lounge, chatting about relatively meaningless things as my brother fights for every breath and tries to rest. My...

Family Foodie

I love making food for my family. Whether preparing a stew, roasting a chicken, flipping pancakes or frying an egg, I find time in my kitchen a reward and not a chore. My husband and my son come quickly whenever breakfast, lunch or dinner are served! I would describe myself as a “family foodie”...

The Greatest Gift of All

When my daughter Monica turned 16 earlier this month, I thought long and hard about the best way to make her “sweet 16” a special occasion. I thought about hosting a surprise birthday party for her, or a family dinner, or giving her a special, memorable gift. The only problem with having a family...

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