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Family takes radical step, sells possessions and begins missionary life

Deacon who ministers to immigrants receives award from St. Norbert College

Catholic student exchange program welcomes second-generation participant

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Family takes radical step, sells possessions and begins missionary life

Schmidts travel to Louisiana for training, then off to mission site

Katie and Taylor Schmidt are beginning three months of training to become Catholic family missionaries. Going along are their children, left to right, Ruth, Anthony, Leo and Malachi. The Schmidts are expecting twin girls in January. (Edward Byrne | Courtesy of The Brillion News)

CATO — For the children of Taylor and Katie Schmidt, “Swiss Family Robinson” could read a lot like their family’s experiences. Instead of being shipwrecked, the Schmidt … Read More

Deacon who ministers to immigrants receives award from St. Norbert College

At lecture, Deacon Barajas discusses immigration from faith perspective

Deacon Juan Barajas of the Archdiocese of Albuquerque, N.M., delivers the Ambassador’s Lecture at St. Norbert College Sept. 4. Deacon Barajas received the Ambassador of Peace Award for his ministry to Mexican immigrants. (Photo courtesy St. Norbert College)

DE PERE — An Albuquerque deacon working for the good of immigrants to the United States took home the 2014 Ambassador of Peace Award from St. Norbert … Read More

Catholic student exchange program welcomes second-generation participant

Veronika Brabcová of the Czech Republic enrolls at Fond du Lac Catholic high school

Veronika Brabcová of the Czech Republic is the first second-generation Global Outreach Catholic Exchange Program student to study in the United States. Her mother, Blanka Brabcová, was an exchange student in the program 22 years ago. Global Outreach began at St. Mary Central High School in Menasha. (Jeff Kurowski | The Compass)

MENASHA — The Global Outreach Catholic Exchange Program is marking two milestones this school year. The 25-member 2014/2015 class is the 25th in program history. In addition … Read More


U.S. physician-deacon now in Liberia felt called to help Ebola patients

A Liberian nurse disinfects a looted mattress taken from a school that was used as an Ebola isolation unit in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 19. (CNS photo | Ahmed Jallanzo, EPA)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected at least 4,784 people, and claimed the lives of more … Read More

Philadelphia meeting, synods will be part of global debate on families

No word yet on Pope Francis visit

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia speaks during a press conference at the Vatican Sept.16. Archbishop Chaput announced officially that the next World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27, 2015. (CNS photo |Tony Gentile, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY — The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015 will serve as a forum for debating issues on the agenda for the world … Read More

Lawmakers’ override of vetoes an ‘affirmation that all life matters’

Greg Robeson leads a chant as protesters try to interrupt a pro-life rally inside Missouri State Capitol's rotunda in Jefferson City Sept. 10. The Missouri Legislature voted that day to override Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes of bills establishing a 72-hour wa iting period before an abortion decision and a tax credits to benefit pregnancy help centers, maternity homes and food pantries. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (CNS) — The Missouri Legislature voted Sept. 10 to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of bills establishing a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion … 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