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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinSeptember 23, 2005 Issue 

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• Pope Benedict calls on priests to live in ways that strengthen the effectiveness of the Eucharist

• New school at Diocese's mission in Dominican Republic opens with 278 K-7 students

• Silver Lake College in Manitowoc to hold week-long festival for feast of St. Francis of Assisi

• Fr. Bob Karuhn had a plan and so did God. God won.

• U.S. seminary leaders to face 56 questions as part of Vatican visits

• Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Roberts tells Senate committee he recognizes the "Roe vs. Wade" precedent

• Vatican releases details on final days, hours of Pope John Paul II

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- When we try to erase tensions, divisions among us, we only make things worse

• Dennis Heaney -- By practicing stewardship, two people help improve life in Nigeria

• Kathy Hamer -- Friend's voice was music to the ears after hurricane

• Charlie Martin -- In the midst of our hectic lives we need to stay connected to nature

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Can someone marry his/her cousin?

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Some, but not all, types of questions would be proper to ask a Court nominee

• George Weigel -- Pope Benedict XVI shows he can connect to youth

• Kids Chronicle: Ezekiel spreads the word of the Lord

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Picking up after Katrina disaster

Allouez native returns to his home after escaping the hurricane
photo of the Ploen family
GOT OUT: Patt and John Ploen, and their two children, Hannah and Jack, evacuated from the New Orleans area prior to Hurricane Katrina making landfall. They stayed for a while in Allouez, where John was raised, with his father, Jerry. (Ploen family photo)

By Heather Chrudimsky
Compass Correspondent

As millions watched Hurricane Katrina strengthen as it moved toward the Gulf Coast, the Ploen family was packing for evacuation as they have done whenever a hurricane threatened New Orleans.

"We have evacuated so many times in the past that we didn't think anything of it," said John Ploen, a native of Allouez and a graduate of Resurrection School, Abbot Pennings High School and St. Norbert College.

John, his wife, Patt, their 10-year-old daughter Hannah and 7-year-old Jack, had no idea that this time was different, and that their home in Slidell, La., on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, would sustain 190 mile per hour wind gusts and a 26-foot storm surge.

Louisiana gets lots of hurricane warnings, John said, adding that he is thankful that his family was able to evacuate.

The Ploens went to the home of their neighbor's parents in Mississippi and waited for the storm to pass.

"We didn't realize what was about to happen," John said. "All I packed was two pairs of shorts, two shirts and a pair of flip flops."   Full story ...

• Sidebar: Partners

Hurricane Katrina

 • Picking up after Katrina disaster
    Allouez native returns to his home after escaping the hurricane
    Sidebar: Partners

 • Dioceses feel effects of Hurricane Katrina
    Church works in midst of the clean-up and in plans for rebuilding

 • Editorial -- Feeling some solidarity
    Storm gave a taste and a reason for thanks

 • Coverage from September 16 Web issue

 • Coverage from September 9 Web issue

 • Bishop asks prayers, money for hurricane survivors (from Sept. 2, 2005 issue)

Other News

Mass Times
 • Criminals need school, not jail
    State Parole Commission head to discuss problems
    with the system at The Gathering
    Sidebar: Diocese gathers

 • Vocations go prime time
    Manitowoc Franciscans launch six TV ads

 • Get ready to talk about issues
    New radio host wants to address issues of the day

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 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    September 25, 2005: Do you need a change in attitude?

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    September 25, 2005: God cultivates and tends to new life

 • Editorial -- Test of faith
    The question of religion came up in nomination because it came up in 2004

 • Editorial -- Feeling some solidarity
    Storm gave a taste and a reason for thanks


 • Foundations of Faith --
    Shared Communion: Vatican event brought questions
    Founder of Taize and then-Card. Ratzinger accidently raised the issue
    of non-Catholics sharing Eucharist

 • Saint of the Day --
    A man of war, then a man of peace
    Sergius was known as 'the Russian St. Francis'

 • Current Calendar of Events

Faces of Faith: Bishop's Appeal 2005 logo

Articles on Bishop's Appeal 2005

Bishop's Appeal tops target and sets record (Sept. 16, 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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