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Diocesan Council of Catholic Women celebrates 90th anniversary

St. Matthew Parish group makes prayer a priority

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Diocesan Council of Catholic Women celebrates 90th anniversary

Bishop Ricken thanks women for years of service to diocese

Fr. Don Everts, DCCW spiritual advisor, and Paula Friemuth, DCCW president, address the assembly of women gathered at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral for a Mass celebrating the group’s 90th anniversary. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

GREEN BAY — At a Mass celebrating the Green Bay Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s 90th anniversary, Bishop David Ricken told approximately 150 women that he was … Read More

St. Matthew Parish group makes prayer a priority

Group puts Bishop Ricken’s call to prayer into action

Tom Schumacher, a member of St. Matthew Parish in Allouez, presses a rosary to his forehead while praying with others Nov. 11. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

ALLOUEZ — When you walk into the day chapel at St. Matthew Church on a Tuesday evening, it seems at first to be more like a family … Read More

Fr. Bob Konkol, pastor at Pulaski, Krakow and Hofa Park, dies

Franciscan Fr. Bob Konkol

ALLOUEZ — Only weeks after marking the 20-year anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Franciscan Fr. Robert Konkol, 68, died unexpectedly Nov. 10. Fr. Konkol, known … Read More


Empowering women can lead to solutions for hunger, poverty, report says

Esther Maoriba works in a cooperative farming project run by United Methodist Women in the Southern Sudan village of Pisak in this 2011 file photo. Peanuts, pineapple, corn, sorghum and beans are grown to raise money for the women and their families. (CNS photo | Paul Jeffrey)

WASHINGTON — In the fight against worldwide hunger and poverty, a new report found that when women are empowered, everyone wins. The Bread for the World Institute, … Read More

After grand jury report, archbishop urges Ferguson, ‘Choose peace!’

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greets parishioners of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson, Mo., Nov. 24 following a prayer service. The service was held as violence began to erupt in the town following the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis urged residents of Ferguson, “Choose peace!” He made the comment in a statement Nov. 24 following the … Read More

Catholics should ‘rekindle’ commitment to end racism, bishop says

A protester faces a line of police during a Nov. 24 demonstration in Los Angeles following a decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict a white Ferguson police officer in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in the suburb of St. Louis. (CNS photo | Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)

WASHINGTON — The scenes of chaos and violence in Ferguson, Mo., Nov. 24 following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer in the … Read More

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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

She smiles her way to success

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Amy Kawula, advertising and marketing manager for The Compass. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

Last month I was asked to write a column for The Catholic Journalist, newspaper for the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA), about … Read More

A photographer’s take on the sign of peace

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Then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan gives a newly ordained deacon an embrace during the sign of peace in 2007. (Photo by Sam Lucero)

The celebration of Mass was in the news this week after a letter from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments was made public. The … Read More