Lisa Murtha is an award-winning freelance journalist based in southwest Ohio. She is also a lifelong Catholic, wife of 21 years and the mother of three teen-aged boys

Erin Ratleff receives communion at DCI’s Easter mass, where she was confirmed (she had already been baptized and made her First Communion as a child). (Credit: Mark Bowen/Archdiocese Of Cincinnati)
FaithFaith in Focus
Lisa Murtha
On the day after Easter, five incarcerated women were initiated into the Catholic Church.
Lisa Murtha
Discussions of capital punishment do not often address how death sentences affect the people who are left behind.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Lisa Murtha
Ronald Phillips is scheduled to die on Wednesday, July 26.