Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UW St. Paul's receives $5 million donation from Milwaukee benefactor


With great jubilation and gratitude I am delighted to share that the Christ the Cornerstone Campaign to build the new St. Paul Chapel & Student Center just received a $5 million commitment from a Milwaukee area benefactor!

Such an astonishing gift brings the total raised to $17.58mm out of the$24mm campaign goal, just shy of 75% completed.

This continued campaign success displays the increasingly high level of commitment being invested and which is necessary for the future mission of St. Paul's at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We need your support now more than ever! We are less than $6.5mm away from building a new Catholic chapel & student center on campus that will last well over 100 years to serve young people from all over the country and world.

Thank you for all of your support to get us to this point and now let us press forward with faith and confidence to finish this campaign and build a new home for thousands of students for generations to come.
UW Catholic 

I can't tell you how excited I am


Monday, October 20, 2014

8bitPhil: What If You Could Get Away With Anything? (Plato + Zelda)

Warning: a bit of language

Police still searching for missing man after Guadalupe Shrine visit

The La Crosse Police Department is asking for your continued assistance in locating missing person Goudensio Gaytan.

Goudensio went missing the afternoon of October 12, 2014 when visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He was last seen by a witness that evening at 6:40PM sitting on a side rail on County Highway K.

On Saturday October 18th, 2014 the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Chris S who resides at the end of Wehling Lane in the township of Hamburg. Mr. S reported while viewing photo’s from one of his game camera’s, he found several pictures of Goudensio Gayton which were dated Sunday October 12th, the day Mr. Goudensio Gayton went missing. The time lineindicated the photo’s were taken at7:23 p.m. on Sunday night. The camera was located approx. 2 miles from CTH K, along a wood line, 1 mile from the Schuberthome.

A search of that area was immediately conducted using K-9’s and the Coon Valley Fire Department and Law Enforcement personnel. The search continueduntil dark with search teams unable to locate Goudensio Gayton. Sheriff Spears contacted local fire departments for a larger search effort to begin on Sunday October 19th in that area.

Bp. Callahan op-ed in LaxTrib: "Catholic Church will not abandon its values"

The current Vatican Extraordinary Synod, whose purpose is to study present-day Catholic life in preparation for an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be held in October 2015, has caused stirrings among those who have become sentinels at the gates of religion and culture.

In particular, the midterm report issued on Oct. 13 has given rise to stories that attempt to have us believe that the Catholic Church will be “reinvented” or somehow become “new and improved.”

The possibility of the church — whose task it is to serve the mission of Jesus Christ with charity, mercy and justice — considering the situations of contemporary humanity in terms of differing cultural ideas regarding such bedrock Catholic doctrines as marriage, intimate and interpersonal relationships, and family structures, is not a clear indicator that the church seeks to abandon her teaching in these areas.

Quite the contrary. The mission of the church is precisely to examine the life and times of men and women and speak truth with love to everyone.

St. John Cantius Parish featured in “Open House Chicago”

St. John Cantius is featured in the Chicago Architecture Foundations“Open House Chicago” this weekend. The landmark church opened its doors and gave tours to hundreds of participants. Learn more about the art and architecture of St. John Cantius Church in this article.

Architecture of St. John Cantius: A Summary

DESIGNED by Adolphus Druiding and completed in 1898, St. John Cantius Church took five years to build and is one of the best examples of sacred architecture in the city. The unique baroque interior has remained intact for more than a century and is known for both its opulence and grand scale—reminiscent of the sumptuous art and architecture of 18th century Krakow. The imposing 130 ft. tower is readily seen from the nearby Kennedy Expressway.

In 2013, St. John’s completed an ambitious restoration, returning the lavish interior to its original splendor. Of all the “Polish cathedrals” in Chicago, St. John’s stands closest to downtown. Located in the heart of Chicago, one mile directly west of the famous Water tower on Chicago Avenue, St. John Cantius Church is easily accessible by car, bus, or subway.

Quick Facts

The cornerstone was laid in 1893. 50,000 people attended the ceremony.

The first Mass was held in the unfinished basement on Christmas Eve in 1893.

When the church was completed in 1898 it was the largest house of worship in the city.
continue at St. John Cantius Parish

If you are in Chicago, you must visit.

St. John of Kanty, ora pro nobis!

Also, so does anyone know if the Canon Regulars plan to expand beyond their mother parish?  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Across ArchMil - week of October 13th 2014

From the Chancery

CRS Project, by Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, Our Faith blog. "Over the last two years, CRS has partnered with the Diocese of Meki, in Ethiopia, in a life altering project .... This project helps women and girls overcome gender discrimination, realize their potential and assume leadership roles in their communities."

Intentional disciples give voice to the church, Herald of Hope column by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, Milwaukee Catholic Herald. "Think of how influential our parishes and the archdiocese would become if we intentionally lived the teachings of the Gospel and the direction of the church."

Diocesan Synods Offer Opportunities for Catholic Church Renewal, by John Paul Shimek, National Catholic Register. "The [Milwaukee] synod’s plenary sessions collected advisory votes on key initiatives. Overall, votes reflected a need for better catechetical instruction for the archdiocesan community and more rigorous formation for lay ecclesial leaders." (via Archdiocese of Milwaukee)

In the Milwaukee Catholic Herald

The latest issue of Mature Lifestyles (supplementary section aimed at older Catholics, not to be confused with Old Catholics)

Accept sacred permission to feel what you are feeling, In Exile column by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, October 16, 2014. "Some years ago, for all the noblest of intentions, a religious community I know wanted to sanitize the Psalms that they pray regularly in the Divine Office to rid them of all elements of anger, violence, vengeance, and war."

Around the Parishes and Schools

Thousands expected for Catholic Schools "Soles" walk, by Annysa Johnson, FaithWatch blog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Nearly 9,000 walkers are expected to turn out this month for the second annual 'Soles for Catholic Education' fund-raising walk beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at Mount Mary University."

Nunsense actors meet 'real live sisters', by Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Catholic Herald. "Five Pius XI High School students had an opportunity to practice method acting by visiting the Sisters of Assisi Convent in St. Francis, Thursday, Sept. 25, to help them understand what religious life is like." (Sherman, set the WABAC machine to 1964; the place, any Catholic grade school in America.)

Gay Catholics find 'whisper of hope' in growing ministry, by Annysa Johnson, with The Associated Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Gay and Straight in Christ was founded at Good Shepherd [Menomonee Falls] in 2004 by Ann Castiglione, a lay minister whose godson is gay, with support from its former pastor and fellow parishioners. She's been invited to speak at parishes across the archdiocese, and at least three other programs are up and running — at St. Mary, St. Joseph Parish in Grafton and Our Lady of Lourdes on Milwaukee's southwest side."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cdl. Burke confirms publicly to BuzzFeed News(of all outlets) he has been ousted

In the interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him from the church’s chief guardian of canon law to a minor post as patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

“I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it,” Burke said, explaining that he hadn’t yet received a formal notice of transfer. “On the other hand, in the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given. And so I trust by accepting this assignment I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important.”

When the Pope first took office, his pivot away from an emphasis on questions of sexuality were more a matter of personal tone rather than changes in church policy or personnel. There were rumors that he was trying to oust the man chosen by Pope Benedict to head the church’s office responsible for doctrine, Gerhard Müller, but last winter he instead elevated him from archbishop to cardinal. When word that Burke was on his way out began circulating last month, it signaled that Francis would take major steps to reshape the church. It coincided with the selection of a new archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, who Catholic progressives celebrated for positions like breaking with the American church hierarchy when it withheld its support for President Obama’s health reform law over questions of abortion and contraception.
But, Burke said, the Church must always call a “person who’s involved in sinful acts […] to conversion in a loving way, but obviously, like a father or mother in a family, in a firm way for the person’s own good.” There cannot be “a difference between doctrine and practice” on questions like homosexuality or anything else, Burke said. [Essentially it is this attitude which, well, we must say that Pope Francis deems harmful, perhaps +O'Malley and +Wuerl more so as his American consultants.]

“The church doesn’t exclude anyone who’s of goodwill even if the person is suffering from same-sex attraction or even acting on that attraction,” said Burke. “If people don’t accept the church’s teaching on these matters than they’re not thinking with the church and they need to examine themselves on that and correct their thinking or leave the church if they absolutely can’t accept. They’re certainly not free to change the teaching of the church to suit their own ideas.”
full article at BuzzFeed

As commentators have stated, it's one of the most severe political retributions in recent Vatican history.  My earlier thoughts here and here.

Photo

HT Fr. Erik

[* Update (11:50 PM GMT): "At the request of several readers, BuzzFeed News has printed a transcript of the section of the interview wherein Cardinal Burke talks about leaving the Signatura."]

Fanatic Friday: Synod Mission Statement edition

I had this in drafts and was going to make fun of parish mission statements, but with German Church Taxes all the talk, plus a large, public, global bureaucratic failure thus far (at least from a communications standpoint), I figured it was apropos.  Wouldn't it be fun to do this with a Catholic flavor.  Singing "synergieeeeeeeeeees" is perhaps something some Catholic circles do.

Aaron Rodgers' look-alike meets the QB

This is great.

MN judge mulls forcing priest to break Seal of Confessional

[Fr.] Rice worked as a "spiritual director" at a St. Paul school for Jesuits-in-training and offered counseling to others, including priests. [Fr.] Stitts (accused of abuse) came to him seeking direction. "Whether or not I responded to him, I am not free to say," Rice said.

His attorney, Paul Engh, argued Thursday that there was no record Stitts ever gave his consent for other priests to share information, and the privilege "doesn't evaporate on death."

Archdiocese attorney Thomas Wieser said "there's nothing more sacred in the Catholic Church" than the confidentiality of the confessional.

Noaker wants Judge John Van de North to order Rice and two other priests to answer additional questions about Stitts. Van de North took the matter under advisement Thursday.

John Doe 104 sued the archdiocese in 2013, alleging Stitts sexually abused him in the 1970s at St. Leo's in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul and at St. George's at Long Lake while Stitts was serving at Long Lake.
full story at Pioneer Press 

I guess we could get technical and try to figure out what is protected under "spiritual direction" or "confession" although many times they end up being the same person.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Prayers Please

For those who do not know, Fr. Luke Strand has been diagnosed with colon cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.  Colon cancer is common in his family so praise God he has been being screened for awhile despite his young age and it looks like it was caught early. 

Father Luke is the tireless and incredibly holy Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as well as a national speaker including for the upcoming Steubenville Young Adult Conference being held in Milwaukee next month.  He also offers spiritual guidance to a number of apostolates throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

He has been featured in a number of news stories of varying interest throughout the country and the world for some trouble caused by a unique mode of transportation, and for the incredible story of being one of three Strand brothers pursuing the priesthood (please keep praying for his broth Vincent who is in seminary for the Jesuits). 

Below is from the Facebook thread going around requesting prayers for his healing.  Please note the request for intercession from Sts. John Paul II and Luke. 


PLEASE PRAY!  Fr. Luke has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. It was found very early and Fr. Luke will begin all of the necessary treatments, so the prognosis is very hopeful that he will fully recover.  He is asking for the intercession of Pope St. John Paul II and St. Luke.  Please join us in praying for Fr. Luke's full and speedy return to good health!  

"O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly beseech You to behold, visit and relieve your servant Fr. Luke, for whom our prayers are desired.  Look upon him with the eyes of Your mercy; comfort him with a sense of Your goodness; preserve him from the temptations of the enemy; and give him patience under his affliction.  In Your good time, restore him to health; and grant that he may dwell with You in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen."

PLEASE PRAY! Fr. Luke has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. It was found very early and Fr. Luke will begin all of the necessary treatments, so the prognosis is very hopeful that he will fully recover. He is asking for the intercession of Pope St. John Paul II and St. Luke. Please join us in praying for Fr. Luke's full and speedy return to good health! 
"O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly beseech You to behold, visit and relieve your servant Fr. Luke, for whom our prayers are desired. Look upon him with the eyes of Your mercy; comfort him with a sense of Your goodness; preserve him from the temptations of the enemy; and give him patience under his affliction. In Your good time, restore him to health; and grant that he may dwell with You in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."