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More than 100 pilgrims from diocese will attend World Meeting of Families

Buried in work for 36 years, Oconto cemetery sexton retires

Counting beads and her blessings | Your Catholic Neighbor: Bethany Baudhuin

Family cares for Door County roadside chapel

Becks are Combined Locks parish’s version of Von Trapp family

Young women live in community, dedicate themselves to Holy Family


More than 100 pilgrims from diocese will attend World Meeting of Families

Compass pilgrimage to Philadelphia is sold out


ALLOUEZ — When two Lamers motor coaches depart from Green Bay for the World Meeting of Families (WMF) Congress in Philadelphia on Sept. 22, the group of … Read More

Buried in work for 36 years, Oconto cemetery sexton retires

‘We always treated our job as a ministry and tried to comfort the mourners,’ says Jerry Bickel

Delores and Jerry Bickel are known to many in Oconto as “the cemetery people.” Jerry recently retired as sexton of the Oconto Catholic Cemetery after 36 years in the position. Delores served as bookkeeper. Jerry succeeded his father, Frank Bickel Sr., who served as sexton from 1945 to 1979. He began working with his father in the cemetery at age 14. The Bickel farm is located next door to the cemetery. (Jeff Kurowski | The Compass)

OCONTO — Jerry Bickel breaks out a wry smile when he explains his salary at the Oconto Catholic Cemetery. The last five years, he received $4,200 annually. … Read More

Family cares for Door County roadside chapel

Built in 1872, renovated Destree Chapel is open to visitors

Bernice and Arnie Rentmeester of Green Bay serve as the caretakers of the Destree Chapel, located in the Gardner Township, Door County. They discovered the chapel in 1958 when they purchased nearby property for their summer home. To visit the Destree Chapel, follow Hwy. 57 to Brussels and turn north on Cty. C. Continue on Cty. C until reaching Fox Lane. Turn left on Fox Lane. The chapel is located a quarter mile on the north side of the road.  (Jeff Kurowski | The Compass)

GARDNER — A 143-year-old roadside chapel continues to provide a place for prayer and is expected to for generations to come. Last month, renovations were completed at … Read More


Box believed to be Catholic artifact found at site of Jamestown church

Smithsonian forensic anthropologists Doug Owsley and Kari Bruwelheide and colleague Ashley McKeown examine the grave of the Rev. Robert Hunt in Jamestown, Va. Earlier this month a team of scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Jamestown Rediscovery announced the identities of high-status leaders who helped shape the future of America during the initial phase of the Jamestown colony. (CNS photo | courtesy Smithsonian Institution)

JAMESTOWN, Va. — The identities of four men discovered almost two years ago at the site of Jamestown’s historic 1608 church have been identified and one of … Read More

‘Women Betrayed’ rallies across U.S. urge defunding of Planned Parenthood

Carol Remer of Battle Creek, Iowa, leads a chant during a "Women Betrayed" rally in Sioux City July 28. Demonstrations were held in 65 cities across the country calling for an end to federal funding of Planned Parenthood. (CNS photo | Jerry L. Mennenga, The Catholic Globe)

SALT LAKE CITY — Pro-life advocates from across the Salt Lake Valley rallied peacefully in front of Planned Parenthood July 28, calling for state and federal officials … Read More

Congress urged to ensure ‘fair and just wages’ for all workers

People at a July 22 rally in New York City celebrate passage of a recommendation by the New York State Fast Food Wage Board that the minimum wage for fast-food workers be raised to $15 an hour. It would be raised in increments to $15 by 2018 in the city and by 2021 statewide. (CNS photo | Brendan McDermid, Reuters)

WASHINGTON — Congress can promote the common good and contribute to a more just society by ensuring the federal minimum wage promotes family formation and stability, said … Read More

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Stained glass windows depict life of St. Therese

Sam Lucero | The Compass

A stained glass window is reflected in the lens of my camera during a photo shoot at Holy Hill. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

Earlier this summer I had an opportunity to visit the Basilica of Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, in Hubertus. I was asked by … Read More

Human foosball in Stephensville

Jeff Kurowski | The Compass

A new tradition will be among the highlights of the 2015 St. Patrick Parish Roundup, Aug. 8-9, on the church grounds in Stephensville. Human foosball will debut … Read More

Seeing unicorns

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

Have you ever seen a unicorn? Most of us haven’t. But, if you use your imagination and have a little help, you can see one now and … Read More