Two towers of a Catholic church in the fog

Dayton, Ohio


Dayton, known as the birthplace of flight, has long been a center of manufacturing as part of the Rust Belt. Baptist, Catholic, and other Christian churches dot the landscape of this quintessential city in the American heartland. In June 2014, the StoryCorps mobile recording studio visited Dayton to record stories of the people who live there. The American Pilgrimage Project draws from the stories recorded in Dayton to explore the intersection of the Catholic faith and social justice.

The interview below was recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Kevin Stallo and Mike Moroski

June 7, 2014

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Mike Moroski was an assistant principal at a Catholic high school in Ohio before he was fired for publishing a blog post in support of same-sex marriage. In this conversation, Moroski joins former student Kevin Stallo, who was inspired to come out as gay because of the post, to discuss the connection between the Catholic faith and social justice.

This story was produced by David Dault at Sandburg Media, LLC.

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