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KCSS students embrace classical education

Kaukauna Catholic School System first grade students Micha Mischler, left, Hailey Brudwick, Ella Skaletski and Jack Juckem display a table that will be auctioned at the “Grand Event” on Feb. 6. Art teacher Donna Eddy chose an art project for each grade. Items include furniture, framed art and garden art. (KCSS Photo | For The Compass)

KAUKAUNA — Not many seven and eight-year-olds greet a priest in Latin, but that’s the case in the Kaukauna Catholic School System’s (KCSS) second grade classroom. In … Read More

The music plays on at Holy Rosary School

Jen Heidel returned to the classroom to use her talents and experience as a volunteer music teacher at Holy Rosary School in Kewaunee. (Jeff Kurowski | The Compass)

KEWAUNEE — Jen Heidel was thankful as a parent that a commitment was made last June to keep Holy Rosary School open, but she knew that some … Read More

Life with Gabby

Zerkels say birth of daughter with Down syndrome brought added challenges and faith

Katy Zerkel, a member of Holy Cross Parish in Kaukauna, sits with daughter, Gabriella Rose (Gabby), who was born Oct. 29, 2013. Gabby is the third and youngest child of Katy and husband, Brent. The couple say that raising a daughter with Down syndrome brings added challenges but also brings added faith. (Kathy Weigman | For The Compass)

KAUKAUNA — A new child always brings challenges to a family. When that child is born with Down syndrome, there are added challenges. For the Zerkel family … Read More


Pope to dads: Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models

A child embraces Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 7. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — When their lives are all work and no play, men turn their children into “orphans” who lack a father to guide them, show them … Read More

Indian church leader welcomes Obama remarks on religious freedom

U.S. President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting after he addressed a gathering at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi Jan. 27. An Indian Catholic leader welcomed the parting message of Obama, who reiterated freedom of religion as a fundamental right. (CNS photo | Ahmad Masood, Reuters)

THRISSUR, India — An Indian Catholic leader welcomed the parting message of U.S. President Barack Obama, who reiterated freedom of religion as a fundamental right. “We are … Read More

Catholics join in marking 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Survivor Juda Widaski, 96, poses for a picture inside a tent on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27. Some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners participated in ceremonies to m ark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp.(CNS photo | Laszlo Balogh, Reuters)

WARSAW, Poland — Catholic leaders joined in commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, where 1.2 million mostly Jewish prisoners were … Read More

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Students deliver gifts to children of incarcerated

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Seniors at St. Lawrence Seminary High School prepare to deliver Christmas gifts to children in the name of parents who are in prison. (Submitted photo)

On the outskirts of the Diocese of Green Bay sits the village of Mount Calvary, home of St. Lawrence Seminary High School. Located about 20 miles east … Read More

Bishop Ricken is feeling holy

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With all of the commercialized distractions that accompany the season of Advent, what’s a Catholic to do to stay focused? Bishop David Ricken, a somewhat accomplished singer … Read More

Pope Francis and religious journalism

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John Allen, Vatican correspondent for The Boston Globe, right, is pictured with Greg Erlandson, president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, at a Catholic Press Association convention. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

The Francis Effect is real and religious journalism owes Pope Francis a holy high five. Since his election March 13, 2013, the Catholic Church has been garnering … Read More