William Schmitt

William Schmitt

Freelance Writer

Bill is an independent media consultant and journalist specializing in strategy and content related to the Catholic Church and the New Evangelization. He and his family have lived in South Bend since 2003, when he began 14 years as a communications staff member and manager with multimedia responsibilities at the University of Notre Dame. He has authored two books and previously served in various write/editor/management roles with news organizations in Washington, D.C., and New York City, covering business, science, government policy and general-interest features. He is a lifetime-professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order and an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Contact Bill at billgerards@gmail.com; connect with him at OnWord.net Collaborative Communications, billgschmitt.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/billschmitt2017; and follow him on Twitter (@wschmitt).

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Widmer recalls blessings from pope, principles and profits at Servus Omnium

A  former Swiss Guard who served and learned from Pope St. John Paul II delivered the 2019 Servus Omnium Lecture at the University of Saint Francis on March 5. Andreas […]

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Altar dedicated at Windmoor Study Center

An altar dedication incorporating sacred chrism, chant, incense, holy water and special prayers into a Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades accomplished what might be called a spiritual makeover […]

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Rekindle the Fire sheds light on men’s challenges, responses

A record-setting attendance of about 1,120 men and a lineup of nationally recognized speakers helped make the Feb. 16 diocesan “Rekindle the Fire” conference, which took place in South Bend, […]

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Bishop outlines past, present and future of sexual abuse crisis

A series of informal conversations about Catholicism among young adults took a somber, though energetic and ultimately hopeful turn Feb. 5 when Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades attended Theology on Tap […]

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High school students prepare for Church leadership roles

On a feast day recalling Rome’s first generation of Catholic churches, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades spoke with students from all four diocesan high schools about an initiative for building the […]

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Safety priorities prompt action at diocesan schools

Continuous improvement, community engagement and comprehensive measures of success are often-heard phrases in the K-12 education world. The Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has built […]

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Felician sisters say they will miss St. Adalbert Parish

Mexican pierogis — products of an adapted Polish dumpling recipe — are just one sample of the connections of faith and culture made by the Felician sisters who have been […]

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Saint Mary’s College celebrates graduates and grace

Degree recipients at the commencement ceremony of Saint Mary’s College were reminded that their graduation on the eve of the feast of Pentecost should prompt them to ask themselves, “How […]

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Divine Mercy celebration motivated by faithfulness

As Catholics from a wide area gathered at St. Anthony de Padua Church in South Bend on April 8, their special observance of Divine Mercy Sunday evoked memories of trust […]

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Business and faith work together for society, says ethics expert

“It’s really important not to give in to the pressures to keep religion out of business,” said Andrew Abela, Ph.D., provost at The Catholic University of America, as he explored […]

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Rekindle the Fire set to spark male spirituality

“The glory of God is man fully alive.” While that quote from the second-century Father of the Church, St. Irenaeus, can be understood to apply to both sexes, the upcoming […]