Families gather for third annual CatholicFest

The story of Lax Chapel and Marian statue

Oshkosh sister helps erect miniature roadside library

New evangelization motivates parish to sponsor booth at farmer’s market

Leader of Good News choir has bad news | Your Catholic Neighbor: Nancy Bassett


Families gather for third annual CatholicFest

Festival attracts hundreds of campers to Door County

Jimmy Mitchell of Mysterium Records in Nashville, keynote speaker at CatholicFest 2014 in Baileys Harbor, shares his personal faith journey during a talk July 5. CatholicFest, sponsored by Catholic Youth Expeditions, took place July 3-6 on Kangaroo Lake in Door County. (Monica Sawyn | For The Compass)

BAILEYS HARBOR — A mother nabbed CatholicFest director Jen Lowery as she was winding her way through groups of people. “Repeat that quote about modesty,” she said. … Read More

The story of Lax Chapel and Marian statue

Chapel built in 1875 near St. Nazianz has ties to 14th century statue of Our Lady of Loucim

Salvatorian Fr. Patrick Nelson celebrates Mass on the Fourth of July at Lax Chapel, south of St. Nazianz in rural Manitowoc County. On the altar and behind the altar stand two statues of Our Lady of Loucim, the only two known to exist in the United States, according to Lee Thompson of Milwaukee. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass)

ALLOUEZ — What do the Fourth of July, St. Nazianz, Bohemia and a sword have to do with each other? They’re all part of the story of … Read More

Oshkosh sister helps erect miniature roadside library

Sr. Ruth Linnebur oversees creation of Little Free Library at SSM Franciscan Courts

A Little Free Library was erected in front of SSM Franciscan Courts July 9, along the sidewalk so that people passing by can either take a book or return a book. Sr. Ruth Linnebur is in charge of the project and will help stock the library. (Jeannette Merten | For The Compass)

OSHKOSH — They’re popping up everywhere — little houses in all different shapes and sizes — all of them full of books. They’re called Little Free Libraries … Read More


Executive order prohibits firing of gays by U.S. government, contractors

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people by the federal … Read More

Catholic leaders speak out about policy toward migrant kids, families

Protesters Mark Connors and Nancy Greyson wave flags and signs saying "Stop Obama's Invasion" July 19 as motorists go by on a highway overpass in Murrieta, Calif. Catholic leaders are speaking out about U.S. policy involving the influx of child migrants and their families from Central America into the U.S. (CNS photo | Sandy Huffaker, Reuters)

WASHINGTON — A Latin America expert for Catholic Relief Services, the head of the bishops’ migration committee and the president of a Catholic college in Michigan were … Read More

Papal visit to South Korea: Legacy of martyrs, lay leadership lives on

A painting depicts 103 Korean martyrs canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1984. When Pope Francis travels to South Korea in August, he will put 124 additional martyrs on the path to sainthood by beatifying them. (CNS photo | courtesy Archdiocese of Seoul)

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis visits South Korea Aug. 14-18, he will find a Catholic Church that exemplifies much of what he hopes for the church … Read More

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Scenes from Catholic Media Conference (#CMC14)

Sam Lucero | The Compass

More than 200 Catholic journalists, communications directors and others attended the 2014 Catholic Media Conference held June 18-20 in Charlotte, N.C. The annual gathering of members of … Read More

She has “The Voice”

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

She won!. Ursuline Sr. Cristina Scuccia has won Italy’s “The Voice” singing competition. With 62 percent of the final vote on the popular TV show, this petite … Read More

D-Day remembered

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

Most of us remember D-Day as something from history class and old war movies. However, for many Americans and their families — a dwindling number each year … Read More