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Norbertine priest writes text of World Meeting of Families official hymn

Retired sisters, both nearly 100, grateful for opportunity to serve

She has the giving spirit all year | Your Catholic Neighbor: Joan Van Grinsven

Vespers service marks local kickoff to Year of Consecrated Life

UW-Green Bay grad, Haiti native, recalls impact Fr. Richard Mauthe had on his life

Former Appleton teacher professes vows in Texas

The wonderful gift of forgiveness


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

Bishop Ricken tours Micah Center, holds blessing, dedication

Micah Center, shelter have life-changing impact on guest

Bishop David Ricken, assisted by Deacon Timothy Reilly, who serves as president of St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter’s board of directors, leads a prayer for guests and volunteers at the Micah Center Dec. 12. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

GREEN BAY — Since opening its doors on Oct. 29, the Micah Center has been a refuge for homeless men and women who need a place to … Read More

Prayer is focus of gathering held in Brillion

Bishop Ricken holds first of three days of prayer renewal

Bishop David Ricken led Catholics from around the diocese in a day of prayer Dec. 13 at Holy Family Church in Brillion. The day was part of his invitation to Catholics to embark on a missionary journey in the new evangelization, which was described in his letter, “Disciples on the Way.” (Amanda Lauer | For The Compass)BRILLION — Disciples on the Way is an invitation from Bishop David Ricken to Catholics in the Green Bay Diocese to embark on a missionary journey into … Read More


Church leaders pleased that U.S.-Cuba will rebuild relations

WASHINGTON — American church officials expressed optimism about plans by the United States and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations and work toward reshaping how the two neighboring … Read More

Pope Francis credited for urging U.S., Cuba to normalize relations

Pope Francis embraces member of Legionaries of Christ as he leaves general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican
Pope Francis embraces a member of the Legionaries of Christ as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 17. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

WASHINGTON  — Pope Francis personally appealed to President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro this year to encourage both leaders to normalize diplomatic relations, a senior … Read More

Sydney archbishop: Darkness of siege cannot overcome Christ’s light

Australian disaster recovery chaplains attend Mass in Sydney's St. Mary's Cathedral Dec. 16 after the Martin Place siege. Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney tried to help comfort the people of the city during the Mass. (CNS photo | Giovanni Portelli, The Catholic Weekly)

SYDNEY — Hell has touched Sydney, but the darkness let loose on a terrorized city cannot overcome the light of Christ, the city’s archbishop said at a … 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

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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

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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