Friday, March 27, 2015

New ArchMil logo shows Holy Spirit windsurfing

At least that's what it looks like to me, based on the illustration accompanying the front page story, 'New logo for archdiocese', in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald.
"The request for the new logo was made by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki in his post-Archdiocesan Synod declaration on Sept. 14, 2014.

"Noting that a logo was developed to give the synod 'a distinctive mark,' ...I would ask that this synod logo be adapted to become the archdiocesan logo ... .'"

I'm not seeing the distinctiveness; the symbolism our Archdiocese suggests in the article would equally apply to any diocese.
"The archbishop hopes people who see the logo will be curious and ask, 'What is this?'"
That's the opposite of the reaction you want from people who see a logo, if Wikipedia is to be believed,
"A logo ... is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol commonly used by commercial enterprises, organizations and even individuals to aid and promote instant public recognition."
The old logo, with a cross superimposed on a map of Wisconsin showing the ten counties of our Archdiocese, at least indicated a specific place. Further,
"Because logos are meant to represent companies' brands or corporate identities and foster their immediate customer recognition, it is counterproductive to frequently redesign logos."
Our Archdiocese must think differently, since a sidebar item in the print edition of the Catholic Herald shows three previous logos.

Sister reviews, you decide

Sr. Rose Pacatte reviews "Killing Jesus" (8 p.m./7 p.m. Central, Sunday, March 29, National Geographic Channel) at National Catholic Reporter.
"'Killing Jesus' is remarkable in how it captures the devotional Jesus; it is unremarkable in showcasing the radical Jesus, that is, how he upset the status quo of the religious culture of his day. And it severely lacks the sacramental and mysterious elements of religious faith."
It's adapted "by Oscar- and Emmy-winner Walon Green and based on Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard's 2013 bestseller".

Aaron Rodgers photobombing the Wisconsin Badgers

My wife astutely noticed. PS> Showy looks awesome here.

(Photo by Michael Owen Baker/ LA Daily News)

Two Wisconsin bishops still alive in 2015 US Bishopball Tourney

The first two rounds of the 2015 US Bishopball Tourney are in the books. The field has been whittled down from 64 participants to a mere 16. There were upsets and cakewalks, blowouts and down-to-the-buzzer squeakers.

Read more:

In the Footsteps of a Saint: New Book on John Paul II’s Visit to Wisconsin

This is the story about a man who inspired millions and millions of people around the world and who continues to have a profound impact on society ten years after his death. His sanctity and attractive personality were well known throughout his life, but few people know about a very personal and intimate visit he made in the middle of Wisconsin two years before he was elected pope. It was a visit that greatly impacted all who were present and continues to be an inspiration to the people who live there, but more importantly it was a visit that was never supposed to happen.

The Visit That Was Never Supposed To Happen

In 1975, the United States media outlets were abuzz with the announcement that the next International Eucharistic Congress would be held in Philadelphia. When Dr. Waclaw Soroka, professor of Russian and East European history at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, heard it was going to be in the United States, he immediately sought to discover who would attend from his native Poland. At first, he wasn’t sure who would come, but it was understood that a large delegation of Polish priests and bishops would travel to Philadelphia. Not only would these Poles be present for the conferences in Philadelphia, but it was made clear that they desired to travel to various communities of Polish descent. Dr. Soroka knew what he had to do: he needed to invite Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski to Wisconsin.

On account of Cardinal Wyszynski’s position as Primate of Poland, as well as his unwavering resistance to communism, Dr. Soroka sought to invite him to central Wisconsin to give a talk at a newly established organization called the Annual Lectures on Poland. Dr. Soroka knew “Father” Wyszynski well, as both had been active at the University of Lublin during the Nazi occupation.

Unfortunately, the Primate was not attending the congress in Philadelphia and could not accept the invitation. Cardinal Wyszynski had another idea: invite a close colleague of his, whom he called the “other Polish cardinal” — Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, the young archbishop of Krakow. While Cardinal Wojtyła was not his first choice, Dr. Soroka decided to ask him to be the keynote speaker at the event in central Wisconsin.

He accepted.

Little did anyone know at the time that they would be welcoming a future pope (John Paul II) and a living saint.
continue at Philip Koslowski

And check this out: “In the Footsteps of a Saint” Book Giveaway!

Also Phil is doing a book signing in Stevens Point on April 4th.

I just bought on Kindle.

Some Badger Catholic love

A friend sent me this a while back, which I enjoyed and waited to share to perhaps anonymize the exchange.
A friend is visiting us from Texas. We went out for custard last night and were talking about the Masonic history of Liberty, Missouri. There is no coincidence in the name. In the course of our conversation about Masons (I was telling him about the Masonic lamp posts at the Milwaukee seminary) I mentioned that I have a friend who has a blog called The Badger Catholic. He stopped me right there.

"You know the Badger Catholic?"

"Not only do I know the Badger Catholic," I replied, "but I lived in his basement for months."

"I love the Badger Catholic," he said.
The Badger Catholic is of course the great "we" at TBC.  I've appreciated the help, past and present.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015


I usually clean during games like that.  Thanks be to God I have five messy children.  AAAAAAH!

Wisconsin guard Zak Showalter shoots over North Carolina guard Nate Britt during the second half of a college basketball regional semifinal in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A&A Alexandrina Center Spring Gala April 17th - support a local Crisis Pregnancy Center!

For 23 years A&A Alexandrina Center, Northeastern Wisconsin’s premiere crisis pregnancy center, has been providing support for mothers and their babies. The all-volunteer organization – the only known all-volunteer pregnancy center in the area and possibly the country -- continues its dedication to women and children regardless of religious, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds, providing material assistance, moral support, resources, and supplies for all who ask. In addition the organization continues to shelter women and their newborn babies in a comfortable home, helping them to nurture their little ones in a residential setting with loving attention and guidance from experienced mothers and grandmothers.

In order to continue this mission the organization is planning its annual Spring Gala on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Riverside Ballroom, Green Bay. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward helping moms and their babies, and helping to keep the Center and the MOMs house in operation. You are invited to participate in this work by:
  1. Donating a quality gift or service and be acknowledged at the banquet as one of our sponsors.
  2. Purchasing a corporate table sponsorship. A table consists of eight seats for $300; these can be used for your company, or made available to others. Your company logo and your sponsorship will be acknowledged on the big screen and at your table. 
  3. Purchase a table, for $240, or individual seats at $30, bring friends, bid on items and enjoy the evening that feathers Dan Miller of Pro-Life Wisconsin. 
Your contributions are tax deductible because A&A Alexandrina Center is a 100 percent non-profit 501c3 entity. Any support is generously appreciated in this local charitable Catholic work that has helped thousands of women in the area over the years.

Archbishop Listecki on the logos

From his latest post at the Love One Another weblog.
"The most current logo of the archdiocese is the outline of the State of Wisconsin with a cross superimposed and an outline of the 10 counties that make up southeastern Wisconsin, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Because the Synod created a new moment in the history of the archdiocese, it is now time for a new logo, a new sign which will reflect the importance of this moment in our history. This new archdiocesan logo is an adaptation of the 2014 Synod logo with only a slight modification."

Green Bay family to get home built in honor of Pope Francis

A Green Bay family is getting a new home thanks to a generous donation to the Green Bay Habitat for Humanity, the donor having a couple conditions.

Alberto Castro, Elizabeth Gomez and their 5 year old son Oliver are looking forward to when they can move into their new home, which will be built for them by the Habitat for Humanity on Chicago Court on the city’s east side.

Castro says it’s been an emotional time for his family, as they frequently make trips to the open plot of land where their future home will be built.

The Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity is building the devout Catholics a new home, with the help of $60-thousand gift given by an anonymous, out-of-state donor.

All that person requires is the home be built in Pope Francis’ name and honor the work he’s done to help the poor.
continue at WBAY

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Passing on the Beauty

This past Friday, March 20, 2015, Aquinas Academy in Menomonee Falls , a Catholic, classical K3-8 school, offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form for their students and families for the first time in the twenty-four year history of the school.

The students were well-prepared to assist at the Mass, being prepped about the Liturgy itself by Aquinas teacher and blogger over at Cream City Catholic, James Berry.  Mr. Berry helped the students to have a better understanding of the differences in the Extraordinary Form and Ordinary Form, as well as to read the Mass readings ahead of time, and sat in the front row so students were more comfortable about exactly when to stand, sit, and kneel.

The Schola was well prepared by Mrs. Martha Ebent, Aquinas music teacher and well-known soloist in the area, for the sung Mass.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered beautifully by Canon Benoit Jayr from St. Stanislaus Parish in Milwaukee with the assistance of others from the parish, including Aquinas students.  Canon Jayr's reverence at the altar, combined with his patience with the altar boys and his powerful but age-appropriate homily was truly a thing of beauty, especially to those who might have preconceived notions about the "rigidity" of the Ancient Rite and those who celebrate it.

The Altar, following Mass at Aquinas Academy- March 20, 2015.
Speaking to planners, staff, and board members after the reverent and beautiful (there is nothing like seeing 150+ little ones prayerfully participating!) Mass, they said that they hope is to offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass several times a year, and they are even considering trying to expose the students to the broad, catholic (in the "universal" sense) sense of the Faith and our worship tradition by hopefully getting the opportunity to celebrate the Eastern Catholic Liturgy as well as the Anglican Use Liturgy on the campus.