A Time to Give and Receive

A Time to Give and Receive

Evelyn Thompson had a knack for making family gatherings memorable. It didn’t matter that her modest, two-bedroom house in the north end lacked a valet outside, or a reservation desk in front of the dining room. When her grandson Phillip went to her house for holiday dinners it was a formal affair. The small size […]

Lessons from Malcolm X made Father Schmitter a champion of diversity, racial tolerance

Lessons from Malcolm X made Father Schmitter a champion of diversity, racial tolerance

Father Phillip Schmitter was born and raised in Mason, Michigan, a predominantly white rural town with a small Hispanic population of Mexican immigrants. He had not had any notable experience with black Americans until after graduating from high school. Then, in 1965, as a young seminary student in Cincinnati, Ohio, Schmitter had an encounter that […]