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


Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held

AMMAN, Jordan — Christians in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria, but expressed concern … Read More

Church historian: Pope, radical reformer, has enemies in, out of church

Massimo Faggioli, a theologian at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., delivers the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series at Newman Theological College Feb. 28 in Edmonton, Alberta. (CNS photo | Glen Argan, Western Catholic Reporter)

EDMONTON, Alberta — Pope Francis is a radical reformer who is facing enemies — inside and outside of the church — opposed to at least some parts … Read More

By listening to poor, mission of ‘Gaudium et Spes’ lives, cardinal says

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, an alumnus of The Catholic University of America, delivers the university's annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture March 2. Cardinal Tagle's talk in Washington focused on the final document of Vatican II, released nearly 50 years ago in December 1965. (CNS photo | Ed Pfueller, The Catholic University of America)

WASHINGTON — By listening to people’s suffering, joys and daily endeavors, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle … 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

Sam Lucero | The Compass


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