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Neopit rectory, food pantry destroyed by fire

More than 200 attend Rite of Election

She has place in her heart for the convent | Your Catholic Neighbor: Marlene Burton

Schubring family to share experience with adopting South Korean boys

Laity look to preserve mission of Catholic health care

Appleton’s deacon-duo ministers to multiple cultures in multiple ways

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More than 200 attend Rite of Election

Catechumens, candidates prepare for initiation into church at Easter Vigil

Bishop David Ricken shakes hands with Hadarah Maon during the Rite of Election at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in De Pere Feb. 22. Hadarah and her siblings, May, Judah and Lianah, will receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil while their mother, Sharon, will make a profession of faith. Also pictured is their father, Yochanan. The Maons are members of St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Green Bay. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

DE PERE — Every year, parish leaders, who prepare new members for initiation into the Catholic Church, look forward to the first Sunday of Lent. In the … Read More

Appleton’s deacon-duo ministers to multiple cultures in multiple ways

Deacon Tony Abts, left, and Deacon Ernesto Gonzalez, Jr., serve at St. Therese Parish in Appleton. Their ministries range from proclaiming the word at Mass to serving the community outside of the church. (Kathy Weigman | For The Compass)

APPLETON — Two deacons, three cultures, one ministry. That sums up how Deacon Tony Abts and Deacon Ernesto Gonzalez, Jr., bring their own gifts to ministry at … Read More

Laity look to preserve mission of Catholic health care

Sr. Rochelle Kerkhof, director of mission and pastoral care at Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc, enjoys lunch with fellow HFM employees. With fewer sisters to serve in health care ministry, religious communities that sponsor Catholic hospitals focus on passing along to lay employees the mission and values that guide their service. (Photo courtesy of Holy Family Memorial)

Last in a series ANTIGO — In a modern Catholic hospital, the only sisters present may be in a photograph on the wall. But their influence permeates … Read More

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Vatican security always on high alert, chief says after IS threats

Domenico Giani, commander of the Vatican police force, keeps watch as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines, in this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo. Giani said that he is not aware of any plans to attack the Vatican or the pope although Islamic State militants have made general threats. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack. The Vatican … Read More

Nigerian bishops criticize Boko Haram’s use of kids as suicide bombers

Nigerians are seen packed in a van fleeing Mubi, Nigeria, following attacks in 2014. Nigeria's bishops criticized Boko Haram insurgents' use of children to commit crimes such as suicide bombings. (CNS photo/EPA)

LAGOS, Nigeria  — Nigeria’s bishops criticized Boko Haram insurgents’ use of children to commit crimes such as suicide bombings. “We deplore the fact that young children are … Read More

Remedy against violence is seeing differences as beneficial, says pope

VATICAN CITY  — The best antidote to violence is teaching people to discover and accept differences as being valuable, Pope Francis told the bishops of North Africa. … Read More

The Compass GPS Blog

Students deliver gifts to children of incarcerated

Sam Lucero | The Compass

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

Sam Lucero | The Compass

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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

Sam Lucero | The Compass

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