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Author: Collin Vogt

Virgin Mary statue on top of the shrine in North Jackson

Divine Destinations

Within a short drive from the Diocese of Youngstown, there are numerous ways to engage in spiritual retreats or pilgrimages.

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Closeup of the relic of St. Patrick which is now housed at St. Patrick Parish in Hubbard. Photo by Brian Keith.

What is a relic?

The word “relic” derives from the Latin reliquere, which means “to abandon, or leave behind.” Catholic relics—items associated with canonized saints or Jesus Christ—have always held an important place in Catholic spirituality.

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Headshot of Dominic Colucy. Photo by Mallory Leann Photo + Design

Meet Dominic Colucy

Dominic Colucy, the Diocese of Youngstown’s Safe Environment and victim assistance coordinator, never expected to find himself working outside a classroom—he was pursuing a teaching career when he realized God had other plans for him. 

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The Origins of the Rosary

While the rosary is certainly not a modern concept, it is a surprisingly recent addition to our spiritual practice. It first appeared in its current form in the 16th century. 

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Meet Ralph Holtzhauser

Ralph Holtzhauser’s love of music has always been deeply rooted in his faith, and as the diocesan music director and director of music for St. Columba Cathedral Parish, he wants to bring that joy to every parish. 

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Mrs. Mathis wipes her eyes, surrounded by family, at the blessing of her new home.

A Solid Foundation

Parishioners from across the Stark County Deanery joined Habitat for Humanity in building a home for Canton residents Drew and Aysha Mathis and their children.

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Understanding Papal Documents

Each pope writes dozens—if not more—of documents during his reign. Some of the most important types of documents the pope writes (in order of level of importance) are: apostolic constitutions, encyclicals and apostolic exhortations.

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Headshot of Barbara Walko. Photo by Mallory Leann Photo + Design

Meet Barbara Walko

Barbara Walko, the diocesan director of the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry, uses the following phrases to describe her office: “far-reaching,” “multi-faceted,” “always interesting” and “never a dull moment.”

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