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The carver’s hand

St. Columbkille Church had some pretty impressive artwork in the form of wood carving, thanks to Mr. McNeeley, who had been one of the first parishioners. Mr. McNeeley had put a lot of time into carving decorative scrolls on the…

My pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe

The simple, craggy hill seemed an unlikely spot for a miracle. And Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican and recent Catholic convert, certainly wasn’t expecting one on that December 9th morning in 1531. The hill was just an obstacle on his…

Prayer museum to open in Massachusetts

Opening Sept. 15 in North Easton, Massachusetts, Holy Cross Family Ministries’ Museum of Family Prayer will continue Ven. Patrick Peyton’s mission of encouraging families to pray daily, particularly the Rosary. This new museum welcomes…

The Grasshopper Chapel

The tiny churchlike building in Cold Spring, Minnesota, is called the Grasshopper Chapel, but that isn’t its real name. When first built in 1877, it was Maria Hilf, which is German for “Mary’s Help.” Even though it’s now officially…

A place of beauty, conversion

As the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary this summer, Catholic Digest recommends a pilgrimage to a remarkable basilica. Just a few miles across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Covington,…

The Catholic heart of Croatia

Fr. Petar Brezarić didn’t know what to make of the mysterious woman who approached him during Sunday Mass. Clad in blue and carrying a candle, she asked that he and his parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul, a church in the village of…

Making sense of Medjugorje

I woke on Sunday morning to an influx of social media notifications and texts. A statement about Medjugorje was proclaimed in the parish church of St. James in the remote Bosnian town. Videos people sent me were not in English and not…