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Profile, Br. Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S.


We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Today’s subject: Brother Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S.

We are counting down to the first Religious Brothers Day in the U.S., on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, by sharing stories about our wonderful C.PP.S. brothers. Brother Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S., is the director of religious education at Emmanuel Church in Dayton, Ohio, and also serves as the parish’s bookkeeper. He previously served in similar roles at St. Augustine Parish in Rensselaer, Ind.

Brother Matt, a native of Grove City, Ohio, enjoys his ministry at Emmanuel, which he calls “a lively parish with a lot of young families.” That gives him plenty to do as he oversees religious education classes for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

He notes that the historic church—Emmanuel, founded in 1837, is Dayton’s oldest parish—is beautiful and well worth a visit. It’s at 149 Franklin Street, if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

Brother Matt also serves as director of formation for the Cincinnati Province. Like many brothers, he wears a lot of hats. God bless you, Brother Matt, for your faithful service to the Church and the people of God.



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