Boom: rise in vocations spurs Cisterican nuns to build new monastery in Wisconsin—UPDATED

Details: Following a vocations boom at Valley of Our Lady Monastery near Madison, Wis., an architecture firm is designing a new monastery complex for the community of Cistercian nuns, the only one in the English-speaking world. “It’s very exciting to see this happening, very providential, the fact that this comes out of so many young [Read More...]

Wisconsin: Latin Mass support "vocal and growing"

The local press is reporting on this phenomenon: Ellie Arkin doesn’t speak Latin, so upon entering Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Madison on a recent Sunday, the 21-year-old UW-Madison student opened a Latin-to-English translation book provided by the church. For the next hour, she and many of the other parishioners followed along in the book [Read More...]

Wisconsin Marian shrine: "Turnout has been incredible"

Thousands have flocked to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help since it became the first and only shrine in the United States to be officially recognized for an apparition of the Blessed Mother.  And it will get even more attention next week, when it will be featured in a report by ABC News [Read More...]

Which side in Wisconsin?

The state’s Catholic Conference has chosen neither — and taken a stance it describes as “neutral.” The bishop of Madison, Robert Morlino, has more to say in his weekly newspaper column: The question to which the dilemma boils down is rather simple on its face: is the sacrifice which union members, including school teachers, are [Read More...]

Bishop to flock: "I feel deeply ashamed…"

Facing a growing tide of sex abuse lawsuits, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is filing for bankruptcy.  This afternoon, Archbishop Jerome Listecki released a statement.  A key excerpt, below. “For those who may feel anger and resentment that we have come to this moment, STOP.  We are here because of one reason:  priests sexually abused minors.  [Read More...]

After the "God Squad," priest still hits the road

The priest who got into trademark trouble last year with a big retail chain is still getting attention. The story, from Gannett Wisconsin Media: Father Luke Strand has sold his black Volkswagen Beetle that landed him in hot water last year. Instead, he’s driving a GMC Terrain and moving on with his spiritual life. “It [Read More...]

Business is booming at Wisconsin apparition site

Perhaps unsurprisingly, America’s first approved Marian apparition shrine is generating a lot of interest — and seeing a lot more visitors these days. From the Green Bay Press-Gazette: People came in unprecedented numbers this week to Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, the first approved Marian apparition site in the United States. Since the [Read More...]


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