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‘Selfies’ connect priest, young adults

In Shawano, building the word together

Fr. Hoffman recalls Langlade County’s circuit riding priest

Senior priests continue circuit-riding tradition

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‘Selfies’ connect priest, young adults

Fr. Blahnik says snapping photos ‘is a chance to communicate with them in a little different way’

Fr. Jason Blahnik, Catholic Campus Ministry director at the UW-Oshkosh Newman Center, takes a group selfie with students at the Newman Center Oct. 14. (Jeannette Merten | For The Compass)

OSHKOSH — As the Catholic Campus Ministry director at the Newman Center on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, Fr. Jason Blahnik is always looking for new ways … Read More

In Shawano, building the word together

Parish’s ‘homily helpers’ meet weekly with Fr. Luke Ferris to discuss Scripture, help shape his weekend homily

Fr. Luke Ferris and members of Sacred Heart Parish’s homiletics group meet Oct. 15 for lunch and to discuss Scripture. The “homily helpers” provide discussion and suggestions for Fr. Ferris’s upcoming weekend homily as well as reviewing the previous week’s homily. (Sue Simoens | For The Compass)

SHAWANO — Fr. Luke Ferris, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, wants to be sure the messages in his weekly homilies strike a chord with the majority of … Read More

Fr. Hoffman recalls Langlade County’s circuit riding priest

Fr. Philip St. Louis offered first Mass in Antigo in 1880

Fr. Charles Hoffmann, a senior priest who celebrates Mass in Phlox and Antigo, is pictured next to a bureau used as an altar for the first Mass offered in Antigo. The bureau is on display in the Deleglise Cabin on the grounds of the Langlade County Historical Society. Fr. Hoffmann holds a photo of Fr. Philip St. Louis, below, who served the area in the late 1800s and who said that first Mass on May 2, 1880. (Lisa Haefs | For The Compass)

ANTIGO — On a recent Sunday morning, Fr. Charles Hoffmann jumped in his minivan and made the 15-minute jaunt from Antigo to Phlox to say Mass at St. … Read More


Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

The electric chair that executed 125 men between 1916 and 1960 in Tennessee is seen on display at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington March 5. (CNS photo | Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises … Read More

U.S. Catholic health care workers, dioceses respond to Ebola crisis

Health workers wearing protective equipment hold hands as they pray at the start of their shift before entering the Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept.30. Joe Sehnert, a member of Ascension Parish in Chesterfield, Mo., is helping the local community cope with the Ebola outbreak as a lay missionary with Liberia Mission, an effort of Franciscan Works. (CNS photo | Christopher Black, WHO, Handout via Reuters)

WASHINGTON — Tabiri Chukunta has been trying to get the word out to the West African community in New Jersey that their families and friends in Liberia … Read More

Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission


VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas … 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