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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinOctober 29, 2004 Issue 

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• Elizabeth Ministry International, a ministry for women and families founded in Appleton, starts Life and Loss Institute educational branch

• All Saints Day: favorite saints of kids at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Hortonville adorn new mural

• Two new case managers join Catholic Charities in Appleton to help incoming Hmong refugees

• The Bridge Between Retreat Center near Denmark incorporates as nonprofit religious institution

• U.S. bishops launch nationwide ads supporting adult stem-cell research, with theme "Let's find cures we can all live with"

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Jesus gave us all power to bind, loose in life

• Dennis Heaney -- Stewards practice small acts of charity daily

• Fr. John Dietzen -- About relics

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- In politics, U.S. Bishops stick to speaking out on issues, not on candidates

• George Weigel -- Democratic party is to blame for how some Catholics view it, not outside group

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Search for meaning leads
to church, ordination

Fr. Robert Stegmann knew that something was missing
photo of Fr. Robert Stegmann holding crystal statue of Mary
SPECIAL MEANING: Fr. Robert Stegmann's path to the church and the priesthood started when he saw this crystal statue of Mary while living in Rochester, Minn. (Rick Evans photo)

Editor's note: Oct. 31 is Priesthood Sunday.

Ninth in a series on priests

By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

Robert Stegmann was a Methodist working as a computer programmer for IBM in Rochester, Minn., in the late 1980s when he decided to take an inventory of his spiritual life.

The result: He not only became a Catholic, he realized he had a vocation to the priesthood. Today, Fr. Stegmann is pastor of St. Josaphat Parish, Oshkosh.

Telling the story of his vocation gives him great joy, Fr. Stegmann said.

The Manitowoc native had graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and North Dakota State University. Before moving to Minnesota, he had worked for Trane in LaCrosse.

"I didn't feel settled," Fr. Stegmann said. "I'd say to myself, 'Is this all there is?'"

He recalled seeing a crystal statue of Mary while Christmas shopping in Rochester and thinking how peaceful she looked, "a peacefulness I didn't have myself and wanted."

Then his friend and co-worker - Doug LeCaptain - introduced Stegmann to his pastor, Fr. Sylvester Brown.   Full story ...

Other News

Mass Times
 • Church must address social issues
    New book from Vatican says it must promote
    common good

 • Personal experience helps in family ministry
    New consultant enjoys 'like-to-like' ministry

 • Election '04: Comparing church, candidates
    Highlighting the views of the Presidential nominees and the U.S. Bishops
    on issues

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 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
    Bridging the Gap: For God's sake: Vote!

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    October 31, 2004: 'Never forget the problem of fun'

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
    October 31, 2004: Zacchaeus seized moment with Jesus

 • Editorial -- Fashion and faith
    Some choosing to wear faith around their necks through a necklace made
    from a rosary

 • Editorial -- Thanks, Father!
    Priesthood Sunday affords us an opportunity


 • Foundations of Faith --
    Sun and moon reveal the true center of the universe
    Monstrance centers Eucharistic Adoration
    Sidebar: Adoration

 • Saint of the Day --
    This abbess not a material girl
    Materialism bothered people in 7th Century too

 • Calendar of Events

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