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Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh unveils new additions

Bishop Morneau celebrates Mass; guests tour residential wing, conference center

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert Morneau leads a blessing of water and sprinkling rite at Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh July 11. He is assisted by Jesuit Fr. Chris Manahan, left, retreat house director, Jesuit Fr. John Schwantes, former director, and Deacon John Ingala. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

OSHKOSH — Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago celebrated a grand opening and dedication of its new wing for retreat guests, called the Manresa Residential Wing, and … Read More

Extreme Faith Camp fires up middle school students

Youth grow closer to Jesus, peers through weeklong outdoor camp

Extreme Faith Camp participates enjoyed a variety of recreational and spiritual activities such as ecology labs. This is the camp’s first year opening up registration for two separate weeks to allow for the greater numbers of interested students. Week Two was scheduled at Camp Tekakwitha from June 29 to July 3. (Samantha Pallini | The Compass)

SHAWANO — Fifty-two middle schoolers. Five days. One mission. Students in grades six through eight gathered at Camp Tekakwitha in Shawano County June 15-19 to grow closer … Read More

Wisconsin Senate passes 20-week abortion ban

Pro-lifers divided on support; bill visits state Assembly

A photo by Now I Lay me Down to Sleep, a professional photography nonprofit group, shows Gaetano and Kate Chetta of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Trooper, Pa., holding their stillborn daughter, Lily Anne, in April 2013. In Wisconsin, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection bill (SB 179) would prohibit all Wisconsin abortions at or beyond the 20-week gestation mark, making an exception only for medical emergencies. (CNS PHOTO | Courtesy Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep)

MADISON — Pope Francis wrote in his recent encyclical, Laudato Si, that showing genuine care and concern for the vulnerable includes protecting the most vulnerable – human … Read More


Cardinal Baum, longest serving U.S. cardinal, witnessed and made history

Pope John Paul II greets Cardinal William W. Baum of Washington at the Vatican in 1997. Cardinal Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died July 23 at age 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years, the longest such tenure in U.S. church history. (CNS photo | L'Osservatore Romano)

WASHINGTON — Cardinal William W. Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died July 23 at the age of 88 after a long illness. He … Read More

New Gallup poll shows pope’s favorability drops among Americans

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Asuncion, Paraguay, to Rome July 12. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

WASHINGTON — Is the honeymoon with Pope Francis over for Americans? A new Gallup poll shows that the favorability rating for the pontiff among U.S. respondents is … Read More

Catholic officials, others react to Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay leaders

In this June 29, 2014, file photo, a Boy Scout carries a rainbow flag during the San Francisco Gay Pride Festival in California. Boy Scouts of America has lifted a ban on openly gay troop leaders. (CNS photo | Noah Berger, Reuters)

WASHINGTON — The top leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting have made an uneasy peace with the Boy Scouts of America’s decision July 27 to … 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