Friday, April 24, 2015

Call to Action Conference 2015 back in Milwaukee

November 6-8, 2015 in at the Wisconsin Convention Center downtown.

Preliminary information here. Online registration opens next month.

Among the keynote speakers is Joan Chittister, OSB.

Fanatic Friday: Three Words memento edition

Fanatic Fridays have apparently been abdicated by Mrs. Badger so I'll sneak one more Avett in here.  Yah, I'm a regular Jacobite!

Actually I wanted to do Swept Away but there's no good videos.

Abp. Listecki's reading list

I’m just finishing, “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” by Daniel James Brown about the gold medal rowing team during the Olympics in Nazi Germany. It’s about the American team from Seattle and their struggles, a book that has a spirit of unbroken in it.

Often during the summer, I take a look at what might be hot and then I usually grab ahold of it, or, I sometimes will take a look at a book that I’ve already read before.

Last year I finished “1984” and it brought kind of a smile to my face just to see the things that they were worried about, some of the things that are happening today.

I would say what’s on my reading list will be whatever new Dean Koontz book is available, because he’s a favorite of mine. Michael Connelly is another favorite. I’m immediately drawn to their style of presentation and really like both of them.

I just finished Stephen King’s latest, “Mr. Mercedes,” and if you’re faint of heart, you don’t want to read that one, because it’s really brutal to begin with.

There’s one, “Odd Apocalypse,” part of a series of books by Koontz on Brother Odd, a character that’s able to see those who have died, but nobody else can. I just got an autographed book by Dean Koontz in the Odd series, which was kind of neat.
full article Milwaukee Catholic Herald: Take 5 with Abp. Listecki

Why do I love distopias?  I have 1984 on my list.  I recently finished Lord of the World.  I wanted to reread Fahrenheit 451, just because it comes to mind so much.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NCReg: Canons Regular Salute Cardinal George

Cardinal Francis George holds a special place in the hearts of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.

This community of priests and brothers dedicated to the “Restoration of the Sacred” grew from a small group — at the once-flourishing church that become by the 1990s a place well-worn down, falling apart and in need of serious repairs and restoration (and with few parishioners) — to today’s St. John Cantius Church, a jewel of sacred liturgies and music, glorious liturgical art and an ever-growing and thriving congregation (see video of this here).

Cardinal George surely envisioned what would one day come to be.

“Here are the beginnings of an order founded to make available to the people of God the heritage and gifts of the universal Church in all their forms and all their splendor,” Cardinal George declared when he ordained the first priest of the Canons Regular.
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Rachel Campos-Duffy: "Christianity needs to offer a more robust, manly, not feminized version of Christianity"

Somehow, a recent Fox News discussion about the Islamic State's recruitment strategy veered into another equally urgent issue: the "feminized" church.

Rachel Campos-Duffy, best known for her stint on MTV's "The Real World: San Francisco," appeared on Tuesday's episode of Fox News’ “Outnumbered” to discuss the recent arrest of six people in Minneapolis and San Diego who were plotting to join the Islamic State.

Yet Campos-Duffy had another pressing topic on her mind. The real problem, she said, is that Christianity has become too "feminized," and it's Pope Francis's job to address it. "Christianity needs to offer a more robust, manly, not feminized version of Christianity," she argued. "It's a very interesting topic that I hope our pope will address when he comes to that joint session of Congress in September instead of climate change, which is what I understand he wants to talk about."
continue at HuffPo


Update on Rogan family; some nice media coverage

We continue to be blessed by an unexpectedly generous number of donations and prayers. When we began the campaign fund, we had no idea how rapidly it would grow, how deeply people would be touched, or how much you would be moved to give. We are truly edified to see God's grace at work in this amazing way.

Many of you have asked about details of Mike's funeral this Saturday and it will include a VFW honor guard in memory of his service with the US Marine Corps. Some family members are also in the process of working with us to make a poster for the visitation which will have many of the sympathies and prayers that you have extended to the Rogan family written on it.

As we have mentioned to several interviewers over the past few days, Mike was a strong man who led by service and example. Thank you for honoring Mike's life by your service to his family. Thank you all!
GoFundMe: Mike and Niki Rogan Family

Friday, 4/24/2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Sauter/Rembs Funeral Home, Stratford, WI
Saturday, 4/25/2015 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Oratory, Wausau

Service (Solemn Requiem Mass)
Saturday, 4/25/2015 at 10:00 at St. Mary's Oratory, Wausau, WI

Full details of funeral and obituary:

Relevant Radio (12-minute interview and follow-up calls begin continue through 24:00 of this audio file):

WAOW Channel 9 TV news coverage(several videos):
Get this!
In an email, leaders at GoFundMe say, “the campaign in question is certainly one of GoFundMe's quickest growing campaigns of all time.”

We Can't Stop ... Having Babies


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

100+ honor Leif and Karen Arvidson, Rep. Thiesfeldt at Pro-Life WI Awards Dinner

Over 100 people gathered in La Crosse last Thursday, April 16, to celebrate three pro-life heroes who courageously live their convictions: Leif and Karen Arvidson and Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt. Laughter and lively conversations filled the room as attendees enjoyed drinks and a delicious meal.

The powerful keynote address, delivered by our very own State Director, Dan Miller, was interrupted by multiple rounds of applause, and our honorees ended the evening with stirring remarks of their own. A joyful and inspiring evening was had by all! We hope to see you next year!

Read La Crosse Tribune Coverage of the event here.

Check out pictures from the event here!
Pro-Life WI

The Trib perhaps whiffed on  this point: "Officials there have said they do not perform abortions, a point that the Arvidsons acknowledge."  That said, I am glad to see they covered the event.

It should read "Officials there have said they do not perform abortions [at the La Crosse campus], a point that the Arvidsons acknowledge."

Dr. Carl Rose recommended an abortion (of which he will do late into the pregnancy) so presumably he would have aborted their child at his primary office in Rochester.  Mayo Clinic in Rochester regularly performs abortions.  This is why the Diocese of Winona removed their Catholic status and chapel from campus.  Mayo has already announced a "Special Procedures Clinic" in neighboring Onalaska (is this completed?) which would provide a venue to do abortions in the La Crosse area to compete with Gunderson Lutheran's abortion practice.

For obvious reasons, the diocesan paper chose not to cover the event.

It was great to see Sister Rosalia there!  God bless her!

National Review: Wisconsin’s Shame: I Thought It Was a Home...

‘THEY CAME WITH A BATTERING RAM.” Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking.

She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram.

She wasn't dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door.

“I was so afraid,” she says. “I did not know what to do.” She grabbed some clothes, opened the door, and dressed right in front of the police. The dogs were still frantic.

“I begged and begged, ‘Please don’t shoot my dogs, please don’t shoot my dogs, just don’t shoot my dogs.’ I couldn't get them to stop barking, and I couldn't get them outside quick enough. I saw a gun and barking dogs. I was scared and knew this was a bad mix.”
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This is a must read, especially because the "investigation" is still being reported by major news sources as something legitimate and within the contains of the rule of law.

Update: Yikes, the belligerent judge whom authorized these terrorisms is an associate member of the School Sisters of St Francis! (Dad29)  Not surprising, she is a fan of Joan Chittister.
Barbara Kluka is a long-time associate who was born, raised, and has lived most of her life near Kenosha, Wisconsin. As a single person, she has pursued a life of quiet holiness since childhood, when she learned to play the organ and played at daily Masses and for funerals in her parish.

Fr. Rocky: "Cardinal George. Requiescat in pace."

Cardinal George. Requiescat in pace.
Posted by Father Rocky on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Also, more from Abp. Listecki.

Bishop David Ricken will lead a three-day "Wisconsin Shrine Pilgrimage" in October

For the third year in a row, Bishop David Ricken will lead a three-day "Wisconsin Shrine Pilgrimage" sponsored by The Compass to approved Marian shrines in Wisconsin. This year’s pilgrimage -- featuring stops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill; the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse; and the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion -- will take place in October. All individuals are welcome to join this journey across our state, as together we grow in faith and love of our Blessed Mother. More information is available at
The Compass 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

These twin babies don't realise they've been born yet and are being slowly eased into their new surroundings

These twin babies don't realise they've been born yet and are being slowly eased into their new surroundings with a new nursing technique - incredible! xVideo Credit: Sonia Rochel
Posted by Gem 106 on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HT Aunt Jeanne