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Posted on Sep 28, 2016 | 10 comments

The Catholic Beat’s Last Issue

The Catholic Beat’s Last Issue

Senior Editor Gail Finke (do we really need to say which one she is?) will begin a position with The Catholic Telegraph next week.

Senior Editor Gail Finke (do we really need to say which one she is?) will begin a position with The Catholic Telegraph next week.

After nearly five years of daily publication, The Catholic Beat will publish its last stories on Friday, Sept. 30.


Beginning in late 2011 with pilot stories, The Catholic Beat began its official life in January, 2012. Unfortunately, the stories for that January, February, and early March were lost in the switch to a different computer platform, but beginning March 8, 2012, with a story on the private chapel at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West’s remodeling, thousands of stories on Catholic life in the tristate have been published daily, and are archived at The Catholic Beat’s website.


Profiles of area Catholics; information on Catholic schools, institutions, charities, and organizations; photos of Catholic worship, sports teams, missions, and charitable activities; and an ongoing perpetual calendar of Catholic events have all been available at this media apostolate, made possible through a partnership with Sacred Heart Radio.


Senior Editor Gail Deibler Finke reports the Catholic Beat

Senior Editor Gail Deibler Finke reports the Catholic Beat

As of October 3rd, I — Gail Finke, senior editor of The Catholic Beat (which really means the entire staff) — will begin a position at The Catholic Telegraph. During the past five years I have met hundreds of wonderful people on both sides of the Ohio river. I’ve seen many wonderful churches and wish I could have seen many more. I’ve participated in conferences and events at parishes, organizations, and colleges around the tristate. I’ve been welcomed at fish fries, Eucharistic processions, rallies, demonstrations, lectures, and events of all sorts. I’ve marveled at the variety of concerts, plays, art and museum exhibits, and retreats that take place every month. I have met bishops from around the country and around the world, I’ve spoken with theologians and teachers and writers, and I’ve prayed at Masses, dedications, memorials, and celebrations.


I hope that I’ve helped area Catholics do the same. 


Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana are a Catholic powerhouse. We’re home to the Ruah Woods Theology of the Body Institute, The Couple to Couple League for Natural Family Planning, Presentation Ministries, the Dynamic Catholic Institute, Franciscan Media, the nationally syndicated “Son Rise Morning Show,“ the storied magazine “The Saint Anthony Messenger,” the National Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua, the world’s largest Marian library, the first and oldest Right to Life organization, the North American headquarters of several mission organizations and religious orders, the nation’s third-oldest seminary, the region’s oldest continuously operating church building, and so much more.


What I never ceased to find surprising and humbling — though I thought I knew it very well — was the faith and the generosity of my fellow Catholics. We don’t talk about it enough, but it is real and it is deep. From the wealthy business owners who not only support our charities and schools, but help support Christians in the Holy Land and around the world, to the people of modest means who work at and support our soup kitchens and pregnancy care centers and tutoring programs and the (literally) thousands of programs and projects underway every year, people do these things because they are Catholic — not just because they are “good things to do.” Their faith drives their business practices, the way they spend their money, and the way they care for others.


From ancient religious orders to new theology and evangelization organizations, our home is filled with vibrant, and increasingly vibrant young, Catholics. And as Catholics, we are all part of the universal church. Our Church is alive, because our God is alive. As the culture of the West becomes more and more a culture of death, the world increasingly needs our witness, and we are increasingly ready and willing to give it.


“This is a great time to be a Christian,” a Catholic lawyer who works with pro-life causes recently told me. And he meant it. Adversity has always led to growth renewal, and Catholic growth and renewal on every level is happening here, every day. You just have to look for it. Seek, and ye shall find.
For the past five years, I’ve been privileged to look for it, and I have found it. I hope I’ve shown it to you. Thank you for reading, and may God bless you. AMDG.


— Gail Deibler Finke, Senior Editor



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The Catholic Beat will cease publication on September 30, 2016. Thanks for reading!


  1. Thank you for nearly five years of wonderful stories, Gail! The Catholic Beat has been a great source for learning what’s going on in the tri-state area, and I’ll miss checking it daily.

    • Thanks for reading Emily! I’m glad you found it helpful.

  2. Gail,

    I just read that the last issue I read will be the last issue I read of The Catholic Beat. I cannot believe it! I so much looked forward to reading your updates of happenings and events each week. You note in your farewell of the ‘witness’ to all the good and hope and wonder you discovered and shared. This is the reason I looked forward to your weekly personal connection. I will miss it.

    I am glad you will be working with The Catholic Telegraph. I miss the weekly issue of that paper, but look forward to and enjoy the monthly publications.

    God bless you.


    Mike Martini (not the radio guy – he is my cousin)

  3. God Bless you Gail for the good work you do and will continue to do! I read your stories each morning and will miss this! But God has wonderful plans for you I’m sure!

  4. First Thank You for the five years of stories! Second – Congrats on the new role – I look forward to reading you there! Keep up the great work and keep the Faith!

  5. Well done good and faithful reporter. Good luck at The Catholic Telegraph.

  6. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your variety of news going on in our Catholic Church!! I shared it with others frequently.
    Will look for the like in the Telegraph.THANKS

  7. There is not enough space to express my gratitude for your hard work and presentation of stories through an authentic Catholic lens. God Bless and congrats on your new opportunity!

  8. Gail,

    Big bummer for all of us, but i’m thinking that this is a BIG promotion for you! So, congratulations, and i bet you will get the Catholic Telegraph up to a whole new Holy speed!!! prayers coming your way for great success!

    i’ll be feeding you more stories as we have them…..



  9. I enjoyed your Catholic Beat very much. Thank you for all your efforts in bringing us information about our faith. Good luck.



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