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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinFebruary 22, 2008 Issue 

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Compass pilgrimage to Rome and Paris -- May 3-13, 2008 (click for details)

Photo slideshow with audio:
Bishop Zubik farewell Mass

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Photo slideshow:
Bishop Zubik's time in Green Bay

Photo slideshow from pilgrimage
to Poland, Austria and Germany

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• Campus parish offers comfort after shooting; Community responds to tragedy on Illinois campus

• Country prepares for pope's visit in April; In U.S., pope will find multicultural church marked by stronger laity

• Survey looks at Catholics, marriage; 25 percent never married; 23 percent divorced at some time

• Castro announces retirement; Cuban leader's rule marked by stormy relations with church

• Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl -- Tradition, Scripture reveal God's plan; Apostolic tradition helps continue Christ's teachings through the generations

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Justice and Jesus: Modern-day activists continue to proclaim justice to world

• Charlie Martin -- Moving beyond infatuation: Difficult decisions require asking for God's input

• Understanding the Mass
by Fr. Tom Margevicius -- Bringing our gifts to God's altar: We all take part in sacrifice a poor man offered

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- New Code of Canon Law: 25 years later; While code was issued in 1983, idea for revised code goes back further

• Douglas Kmiec -- Presidential primaries and Catholic assessment: Dialogue is good insofar as it is a search for truth that exists beyond politics

• Kids Chronicle -- God gave them water from a rock

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Green Bay's 10th bishop marks birthday

Bishop Banks born in Boston on Feb. 26, 1928

photo of Bishop Robert Banks imparting final blessing at 125th anniversary Mass for the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother on Feb. 16
BLESSING: Bishop Robert Banks imparts the final blessing at the 125th anniversary Mass for the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in their chapel at Franciscan Courts, Oshkosh, on Feb. 16. (Dick Meyer photo)

By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor

ALLOUEZ -- The hardest birthday, for Bishop Robert Banks, was 20 years ago.

"I remember that I didn't like 60, because that meant you're old," he said. "But I found out that it really doesn't mean you're old. As a matter of fact, the 60s are pretty good; and the 70s aren't bad either."

Bishop Banks, bishop emeritus of Green Bay, turns 80 next week, on Feb. 26. He doesn't have any special plans, but he will preside at morning Mass with the diocesan employees and a reception with them will follow.

For Bishop Banks, turning 60 led to a great decade, because he was named as Bishop of Green Bay and installed here on Dec. 5, 1990, when he was 62. That began a new phase in life that, in many ways, continues to this day.  Full story ...

Other News

Lenten Giving/Easter Joy Wish List
(from Feb. 8 issue)

Lenten fast and abstinence rules
(from Feb. 8 issue)

 • Workshop helps parishes manage business affairs
    Event in Appleton is partially funded by
    Bishop's Appeal
    Sidebar: Workshop is Feb. 29
    Sidebar: Bishop's Appeal at a glance

 • Chemist mixes up generous donation to school
    Lourdes High School grad gives $25,000 education
    grant to alma mater

 • Esto Vir Men's Conference is set
    Event to be held March 15 at St. John the Baptist Church, Howard

 • Area Catholics visit mission in Uganda

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 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    for February 24, 2008: Our hearts are transformed today (Lent)

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    for February 24, 2008: Beyond the physical to the spiritual (Lent)

 • Editorial -- Clarity needed
    Clinton appearance at St. Norbert College points to need for clarifying role
    in politics


 • Foundations of Faith --
    Rice bowls: Where charity begins at home, all year (Lent)
    Christians, Muslims and Jews all have a special time for renewed giving

 • Sites of Tour -- Pilgrimage series: Catacombs of St. Callistus
    Christians began burying dead in catacombs during Roman persecutions

 • Your Catholic Neighbor -- Ministry is Russell's calling
    Desire to serve church has helped Judy Russell pave path for women

 • Calendar of events

Sharing Our Faith: 2008 Bishop's Appeal logo
Sharing Our Faith

Articles on
2008 Bishop's Appeal

Workshop helps parishes manage business affairs (Feb. 22, 2008)
She's keeping the faith (Feb. 15, 2008)
Bishops' Appeal helps Catholic Charities respond to crises (Feb. 8, 2008)
   Sidebar: Bishop's Appeal at a glance
Bishop's Appeal kicks off (Feb. 1, 2008)
   Pie chart of Bishop's Appeal use
   Sidebar: 2008 Bishop's Appeal facts

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