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Antigo churches pray for shooting victims

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Interest in chaplaincy work leads deputy to ministry program

Discípulos de Cristo graduates ready to put ministry into practice


Antigo churches pray for shooting victims

Tom Zamzow, Antigo High School principal, reads a statement during a press conference in the council chambers at Antigo City Hall on April 25. The community is coping with a shooting at Antigo High School April 23 that left one young man dead. Also pictured are Brian Misfeldt, left, school district administrator-designate; Langlade County Sheriff Bill Greening; and  Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller. (Lisa Haefs | For The Compass)

ANTIGO — Antigo’s churches and schools are reaching out to students and parishioners following an April 23 shooting at a high school prom. Jakob Wagner, 18, shot … Read More

Interest in chaplaincy work leads deputy to Emmaus Lay Ministry Program

Kyle Holewinski, a deputy sheriff with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office in Oshkosh, will use his lay ministry training to assist in his work as a law enforcement chaplain. (Jeannette Merten | for The Compass)

OSHKOSH — Kyle Holewinski, one of seven 2016 graduates of the Emmaus Lay Ministry Program, says the program has completely changed his life. “It was a beautiful … Read More

Discípulos de Cristo graduates ready to put ministry into practice

Rosa Eugenio and Juan Tovar are among the 15 graduates of the Discípulos de Cristo lay ministry program. The couple are members of St. Therese Parish in Appleton. (Kathy Weigman | For The Compass)

APPLETON — Rosa Eugenio and her husband, Juan Tovar, are ready to expand their involvement in ministry as they celebrate graduation from the Discípulos de Cristo Program. … Read More


Fr. Daniel Berrigan, advocate for justice, peace, poor, dies at 94

Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan, right, and actor Martin Sheen, third from right, join the annual School of the Americas protest in 1999 at Fort Benning, Ga. Father Berrigan, an early critic of U.S. military intervention in Vietnam who for years challenged the country's reliance on military might, died April 30 at 94. (CNS photo | Quirin, The Messenger)

NEW YORK  — Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan, an early critic of U.S. military intervention in Vietnam who for years challenged the country’s reliance on military might, died … Read More

At humanitarian summit, countries with refugees expected to ask for help

Syrian refugees are seen in 2015 at a makeshift camp in Adana, Turkey. A U.N. summit set to take place in Istanbul May 23-24 seeks more efficient, sustainable and humanitarian ways of helping the world's millions of refugees. (CNS photo | Nathalie Ritzmann)

ISTANBUL — Syrian refugee Mohammed Noman, 19, sells daily bus tours of Turkey’s major attractions to Arabic-speaking clients. On a recent afternoon break from his small kiosk … Read More

Trevi Fountain illuminated in remembrance of Christian martyrs

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is lit in red during an event to raise awareness of the plight of Christian martyrs April 29. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

ROME — The Trevi Fountain, a Rome landmark, was lit up in red April 29 in a graphic commemoration of the thousands of modern Christians martyred for … Read More

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When Mother Angelica came to Appleton

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

I remember when I met Mother Angelica. I had been a reporter for The Compass for about a year in September 1986. Mother Angelica was visiting Appleton … Read More

Holy Cross Men’s Open basketball tourney tips off April 1

Jeff Kurowski | The Compass

KAUKAUNA — The 48th annual Holy Cross Men’s Open, a basketball tournament that attracts former high school standouts and college players, including some who have played professionally, … Read More

A first: Photographing priestly, episcopal ordination

Sam Lucero | The Compass

At left: Fr. James Powers ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Raphael Fliss. At right, laying on of hands during episcopal ordination Feb. 18, 2016. (Sam Lucero photos)

Last week I traveled to Superior to attend and to photograph the ordination and installation of Bishop James Powers, 11th bishop of the Diocese of Superior. It … Read More