Ordination update: 17 new deacons for Toledo

Holy Toledo! I got the following e-mail this afternoon from Fr. Bill Rose: Attached is a picture from the Diaconate Ordinations this past Saturday at Rosary Cathedral.   Bishop Leonard Blair ordained 17 men for service to the Diocese of Toledo. Congratulations, brothers, and welcome!  Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Ordination update: 15 new deacons for Youngstown

A newly ordained deacon writes: The Diocese of Youngstown has 15 new Permanent Deacons. Ordination 9-14-2013. If was a joy-filled day. The sacrament that is ‘mostly’ for others. I am looking forward to a fulfilling ministry. Congratulations, brothers, and welcome!  Ad multos annos!  [Read more...]

Fired gay teacher in Ohio reaches settlement with Catholic school

You may remember this story.  The update, from a Columbus TV station:   A teacher who was fired from a central Ohio Catholic school after her homosexuality was made public has agreed with the Columbus Diocese that she will not return to her former job. The law firm representing former Bishop Watterson High School teacher Carla [Read More...]

Holocaust Memorial Draws Criticism for Using Star of David

And no, that’s not another headline from The Onion.  People are seriously objecting to the use of a religious symbol in the memorial. Details:  Plans for a Holocaust memorial at the Ohio Statehouse have stirred a debate over the separation of church and state that may lead to a lawsuit because a focal point of [Read More...]

School says lesbian teacher was fired over “spousal relationship,” not because she’s gay

Details:  A former teacher who said she was fired for being gay said she was told Tuesday night that she was fired for a spousal relationship, rather than her sexual orientation. Former Bishop Watterson physical education teacher Carla Hale met with principal Marian Hutson Tuesday night after Hale was fired for what was referred to [Read More...]

Ohio Catholic school fires teacher living with gay partner

Details:  A gay physical-education teacher who was fired from a Catholic high school in Clintonville said the morality clause cited in her dismissal could easily be used to fire any number of staff members who fail to follow all the church’s rules. Carla Hale, who worked at Bishop Watterson High School for 19 years, was [Read More...]

Sister act: nun charged with voter fraud

It happened during the presidential election last fall: An Ohio nun was charged with voter fraud for casting an absentee ballot in the 2012 presidential election that belonging to a fellow sister who had died, authorities have said. Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, allegedly voted both under her own name and under the name of Sister [Read More...]

New Ohio church uses glass salvaged from other churches

From the Columbus Dispatch:  When planners asked St. Paul the Apostle parishioners what they wanted in a new church, their preference was clear: a return to the traditional. The Romanesque-style Catholic church in Westerville, with its arches and columns, cross-shaped floor plan and Jerusalem stone throughout, filled the bill. The church received some help achieving [Read More...]

Snapshot: how Ohio is coping with priest shortage, changing demographics

An interesting microcosm of what is happening all over, from the Dayton Daily News:  A looming shortage of active priests means that parishoners across the region — and around the U.S. — will be worshipping together more closely. Church leaders have been forced to reorganize and in some cases, churches and schools have been closed when as [Read More...]

Remembering Deacon Ken Cappelletty

What a legacy of diakonia. A deacon friend in Ohio sent this my way, from the Toledo Blade:  Businessman Ken Cappelletty, whose life’s mission involved working for social justice causes and operating Ken’s Flower Shops for some 45 years, died Friday at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. Mr. Cappelletty, 72, who had been ill [Read More...]