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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinJune 24, 2005 Issue 


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• New symphony honors history of Lourdes High School in Oshkosh

• Fr. James Herring, O.Praem., named prior of St. Norbert Abbey

• Large turnout celebrates reunion of small Askeaton school

• Antigo Marine laid to rest

• Stevens Point sisters celebrate jubilees

• Pope calls on rich nations to share wealth

• Pontiff's talks defy sound bites

• Church stands pat on Terri Schiavo despite autopsy

• Mary Beth Bonacci -- Parents need to remember teens want love

• Charlie Martin -- God is always with us, even at lonely times

• Fr. John Dietzen -- B.C. or B.C.E.

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Pope was right to speak out on Italian election

• George Weigel -- Marquette president loses sight of how to measure value

• Kids Chronicle: Elisha rewards a helpful woman


plus ...
Senior Life
Articles found only in the special section of June 24 print edition:

• Capuchin volunteer refuses to become couch potato

• Oshkosh nurse travels globe to do mission work

• Homebound share group prayers

• Advance directives workshops

• Family honored for reflecting values across the generations

• Risk and rewards are companions when investing

• Kaukauna elder services reaches out to all seniors

• Students bone up on bone loss

And more!


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Not yet senior:
Still active after all these years

Some older priests prefer full-time ministry over retiring
photo of Fr. Tony Dolski distributing Communion at St. Francis Xavier Parish in De Pere
STILL SERVING: Fr. Tony Dolski distributes Communion at St. Francis Xavier Parish, De Pere. Although old enough to retire, he is one of several priests in the diocese who chooses to keep serving fulltime in parish ministry. (Rick Evans photo)

By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

Why do some priests choose to remain pastors at age 70 when they could retire as senior priests?

There may be as many answers as there are priests over 70 who are still searching. For many, it's their way to help meet the priest shortage.

"Some are called to carry on after 70," said Fr. Richard Allen, 70, pastor of St. Gabriel Parish, Neenah, for 20 years.

However, he also thinks that the church's allowing senior priests to remain at their posts is a means of "not facing the problem of ... vocations honestly. I do worry that our church is simply not facing the real problem ... in some way I am helping the church to avoid facing it."

Fr. Allen estimated that "there are more diocesan priests over 70 serving on a very regular basis than under." While he finds "that scary," he "marvels at the dedication of so many priests."

Figures from the diocese show there are twice as many priests under 70 serving full-time, as there are priests over 70 serving full or part-time.

"If it weren't for the senior clergy, the parishes of this diocese would be greatly under served," said Fr. Paul Demuth, diocesan vicar for ministers.   Full story ...

Sidebar: Who is serving
Sidebar: Who they are

Other News

Mass Times

2005 Summer
Mass Schedules

(from May 20 issue)

 • Providing a sympathetic ear
    Pastoral experience will help, says new guardian
    of doctrine

 • Groups ponder schools' future
    Proposal considers ways to guarantee the financial
    solvency of Catholic schools

 • Diocese announces parish mergers

 • Retreat leader dies
    Priest also known for his financial leadership skills


Help Wanted Ads

 • Help Wanted Ads

Columns

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    June 26, 2005: Little things were concerns of Jesus
    July 3, 2005: To do God's will is the only choice

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
    June 26, 2005: Transformed in our union with Christ
    July 3, 2005: The Spirit, not the law, brings life

 • Editorial -- Worthy of respect
    Most Catholics have probably never heard of this man, despite how much
    he helped us

 • Editorial -- Doing justice to the Fourth
    Reasons to celebrate and for us to improve


Features

 • Foundations of Faith --
    'Mine! Mine! Mine!' can lead down a bad, bad road
    Lust and greed isolate us from others and lead to cold hearts

 • Saint of the Day --
    Their memory, not names, lives on
    Paul and Peter among these first martyrs of Rome

 • Stewardship: A Way of Life --
    Stewards experience God's grace
    For much of her life she was haunted by her anger for this one man

 • Calendar of Events


Faces of Faith: Bishop's Appeal 2005 logo

Articles on Bishop's Appeal 2005


Gifts top $4 million to support 2005 Bishop's Appeal (Apr. 29, 2005)

Reaching outside school walls (Apr. 8, 2005)

Covered by a big umbrella (Mar. 25, 2005)
  Sidebar: Amount raised so far

Service helps cash-strapped dig out of hole (Mar. 18, 2005)

Meeting the needs of burgeoning population (Mar. 11, 2005)

Compass brings news with Catholic perspective (Mar. 4, 2005)

Bringing the church to those with disabilities (Feb. 25, 2005)

• Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
   Driving in the left hand lane (Feb. 25, 2005)

Campus ministry fuels students' growth in faith (Feb. 18, 2005)

Bishop's Appeal brings Faces of Faith to others (Feb. 11, 2005)
Pie chart of Bishop's Appeal use



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