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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
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
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Not yet senior:
Still active after all these years
Some older priests prefer full-time ministry over retiring
|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
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
Providing a sympathetic ear
Pastoral experience will help, says new guardian
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
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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
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
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