The Catholic Beat’s Last Issue
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.
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!