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


Kenyan bishops continue to say no to tetanus vaccine with hormone

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Catholic bishops are holding firm in urging people to avoid receiving a tetanus vaccine being administered under a nationwide campaign because they say … Read More

St. Louis Catholic schools prepare for Ferguson grand jury verdict

Mary Myers prays in the Divine Mercy Chapel before the votive Mass for peace and justice at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Aug. 20. The Mass was planned following the protesting and unrest in Ferguson after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson Police officer. (CNS photo | Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

ST. LOUIS — While the timing of the grand jury decision involving the Michael Brown shooting remained uncertain, Catholic schools in the Ferguson area were already prepared … Read More

Rally with Thanksgiving theme serves as last-minute plea for immigration order

A woman holds a sign during an immigration rally in front of the White House Nov. 19. Immigrant advocates were joined by farm, food and commercial workers to remind Americans of the people behind their Thanksgiving meal and to urge President Barack Obama to take the broadest executive action possible on immigration. (CNS photo | Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON — A table spread with the components of Thanksgiving dinner, with the White House as a backdrop, set the scene Nov. 19 for what will turn … 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