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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


House limits number allowed in chamber to hear papal address to Congress

The U.S. Capitol dome is seen behind the entrance to the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2012. During his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24, becoming the first pope to do so. (CNS photo | Larry Downing, Reuters)

WASHINGTON — House members voted July 28 to limit the number of people allowed in the House Chamber Sept. 24 when Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting … 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

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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