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Preaching is one skill new deacon hopes to hone

Iowa bishop gives presentation on Pope Francis’ encyclical on environment

Rappl is confident in call from God to serve

‘Freedom in vocation will give me more clarity,’ says Thorsen

Weber thankful for God’s mercy

Bishop Ricken ordains five permanent deacons; see photos on our Flickr page

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Weber thankful for God’s mercy

Newly ordained deacon also thankful for support from family and friends

Deacon Zach Weber greets guests following his ordination to the diaconate May 22 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

ALLOUEZ — Deacon Zach Weber expected his emotions to come out when he was ordained a deacon on May 22 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green … Read More

‘Freedom in vocation will give me more clarity,’ says Thorsen

New deacon will serve Antigo parishes this summer

Bishop David Ricken presents the Book of the Gospels to newly ordained Deacon Jon Thorsen during an ordination Mass May 22 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral . (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

ALLOUEZ — Being ordained a deacon brings a permanent feeling of commitment, but also a sense of freedom, said newly ordained Deacon Jon Thorsen, who is currently … Read More

Rappl is confident in call from God to serve

‘I hope the graces of ordination will continue to unfold,’ says new deacon

Newly ordained Deacon Matthew Rappl kisses the stole presented to him by Fr. Ryan Starks during the ordination of deacons May 22 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral May 22. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

ALLOUEZ — Deacon Matthew Rappl anticipated that there would be some nerves on May 22 when he was ordained to the diaconate, but also a confidence in … Read More


Fatima facts: Vatican shepherds the flock away from conspiracy claims

A pilgrim carrying a cross walks on his knees May 13 at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Thousands of pilgrims arrived at the shrine to attend the 99th anniversary of the first apparition of Mary to three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. (CNS photo | Paulo Cunha, EPA)

VATICAN CITY — When then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger met the press in 2000 for the formal release of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, he said he knew … Read More

Woodworker builds caskets out of reclaimed lumber from Shenandoah Valley

Woodworker Michael Schmiedicke works in his Strong Oaks Woodshop April 29 in Front Royal, Va. Schmiedicke, a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal, builds caskets out of reclaimed lumber from the Shenandoah Valley. (CNS photo | Katie Scott, Catholic Herald)

FRONT ROYAL, VA — Above the hum of the table saw, one story was told, then another. As the dark chestnut boards were fixed together, gradually taking … Read More

Cincinnati parishioners learn to ‘Civilize It’ during election season

A man holding a card promoting the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's "Civilize It'" campaign stands with a cutout of Pope Francis April 4 during festivities before the Cincinnati Reds season-opening game. The campaign is designed to encourage people to be respectful of the views of others during the electoral campaigns. (CNS photo |Mimi London, Archdiocese of Cincinnati)

CLEVELAND — Amid the anger, the attacks and the sometimes boisterous nature of this year’s presidential campaign, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is encouraging parishioners to remember that … Read More

The Compass GPS Blog

May brings thoughts, and flowers, of Mary

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

During May, many people honor the Virgin Mother with May crownings and May altars. It’s also the time when Mary gardens begin to bloom, or be planted. … Read More

A tour of the Diocesan Museum

Sam Lucero | The Compass

Carol Joppe explained that these particular sacred vessels were used by Bishop David Ricken at his installation Mass on Aug. 28, 2008. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

Members of the Diocese of Green Bay’s Communications Department, which includes The Compass, visited the Diocesan Museum on May 5. The field trip was in lieu of … Read More

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