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Bishop Ricken tours Micah Center, holds blessing, dedication

Kellnersville parish marks 10th anniversary of tragic fire

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Prayer is focus of gathering held in Brillion

Czech Republic priest spends two weeks in diocese visiting Catholic schools

Bishop Morneau receives honorary degree

God never tires of forgiving us


Just for Kids 2014 essay entries

Families and 28 classes participated

Cut-out art by Julie Zimmerman, grade 4, St. Margaret Mary School, Neenah. Based on Luk3 2:10-11.

This year, for the Compass’ annual Just for Kids Christmas contest, students in grades pre-K through 12 were asked the following question: “If you could travel back … Read More

Just for Kids Christmas essay and artwork

2014 contest winners

Charley Mullen. 
Just for Kids 2014 First Place Art winner: Grades 2-4. St. Francis Cabrini School Oshkosh

As we approach Christmas, The Compass is sharing the winning essays and artwork from its 27th annual “Just for Kids” Christmas challenge on these pages. This year’s … Read More

Kellnersville parish marks 10th anniversary of tragic fire

Blaze on Dec. 23, 2004, killed two sisters serving parish

Framed photos of Sr. Marlene Greatens and Sr. Joleen Van Dyke are displayed in the entry space of St. Joseph Church. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

KELLNERSVILLE — Look ahead from a distance en route to the village of Kellnersville in Manitowoc County and the steeple of St. Joseph Church likely catches your … Read More


Navy officer serving in Djibouti pays family surprise Christmas visit

Navy Reserve Petty Officer Jesus Benitez talks with his son, Maddox, after surprising him and his sister, Mia, at St. Joan of Arc School in Aberdeen, Md., Dec. 18. His children did not know he was able to come home for the holidays. Benitez is in the middle of a yearlong deployment in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, where he expected to be celebrating Christmas this year. (CNS photo | Tom McCarthy Jr.)

ABERDEEN, Md. — An unexpected gift from overseas weighing several hundred pounds arrived a week before Christmas for a Maryland family. Minutes into an impromptu Christmas party … Read More

Family Theater makes steps back toward TV production

This is a scene from Family Theater's latest production, "Family Dinner." The TV drama focuses on a teen girl getting caught by her parents trying to sneak out to meet a boyfriend her folks haven't even met yet. (CNS photo | courtesy of Family Theater Productions)

WASHINGTON — Family Theater Productions — the entertainment-with-a-message arm of Holy Cross Family Ministries, was first known in the pre-TV era for its weekly “Family Theater” radio … Read More

Fatal shooting of New York police officers called ‘brutal, irrational’

People sing as they take part in a prayer vigil Dec. 22 at the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New York. An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Dec. 20, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said. (CNS photo | Carlo Allegri, Reuters)

NEW YORK — New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan joined in mourning what he called the “brutal and irrational execution of two young, promising and devoted police … Read More

The Compass GPS Blog

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

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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