Don Clemmer is a writer, communications professional and former staffer of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He writes from Indiana and edits Cross Roads magazine for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington. Follow him on Twitter: @clemmer_don.

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For Appalachia pastors, reopening means walking with the poor and vulnerable

Catholic pastors in West Virginia tell NCR about pandemic hardships, including the cancellation of a service trip that was vital for the area, and now, living the reality of the rigors of reopening.

New St. Louis archbishop connects with a pope who 'connects the dots'

Bishop Mitch Rozanski spoke to NCR the day after his appointment to St. Louis, sharing the perspective he brings to this latest assignment and how the church can follow Pope Francis in making the Gospel message clear.

Path to priesthood leads Ohio woman to create community at Hildegard Haus

After 22 years as a Catholic lay minister, "trying to do everything I was allowed to do and hoping that would fulfill my call," Shanon Sterringer found liberating grace in ordination and a new community.

A socially distanced funeral with a Catholic spirit

When Mary Symes, 75, died after testing positive for COVID-19, her family had to find a way to adapt her funeral. Livestreaming the service was one creative way that helped provide comfort.