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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


Pope: Tree, creche inspire everyone, even nonbelievers, to love, share

The Christmas tree and Nativity scene decorate St. Peter's Square at the Vatican after a lighting ceremony Dec. 19. New LED lighting was also unveiled on the facade and dome of the basilica during the ceremony. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — God did not come to the world with arrogance to impose his might; he offered his powerful love through a fragile child, Pope Francis … Read More

‘Questionable’ financial activities leave Franciscans in serious debt

U.S. Franciscan Father Michael Perry, minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, embraces Pope Francis during his 2013 visit to Assisi, Italy. Ineffective budgetary oversight and "questionable" financial activities have plunged the Order of Friars Mi nor into significant debt and an extremely serious financial situation, Father Perry said. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Ineffective budgetary oversight and “questionable” financial activities have plunged the Order of Friars Minor into significant debt and an extremely serious financial situation, its … Read More

Pope wishes Rome well with 2024 Olympic bid, but says he won’t see it

Italian Olympians and Paralympians celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Italian Olympic Committee attend an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 19. The pope encouraged the athletes and the Olympic committee to ensure access to sports for all people, including immigrants and the poor. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Amid the chatter about the Vatican possibly hosting some Olympic events, Pope Francis wished Rome well in its bid to host the 2024 … 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