Elm Grove's School Sisters of Notre Dame historic church and convent to be converted into apartments

A historic Elm Grove church and convent is being sold to a local development firm that plans to convert much of that space to apartments.

Mandel Group Inc. has agreed to buy the School Sisters of Notre Dame complex, it was announced Monday. The 30-acre property is at 13105 Watertown Plank Road.

Mandel has done some preliminary work on plans to redevelop the site, but hasn't yet determined how many apartments could be built there, said Dan Romnek, a development associate at the firm.
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Also BizTimes: Mandel to buy, redevelop School Sisters of Notre Dame’s Elm Grove campus

La Crosse Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to discontinue perpetual adoration after 142 years

For nearly a century and a half, for every hour of every day, 24/7, members of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have said prayers in their chapel in La Crosse.

Next month, that will change.

The sisters have announced that after a dozen years of study and reflection, they will begin to cut back their prayer ritual to 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
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Watching the death of this once glorious order is tragic and heartbreaking.  Since 1997 the sisters have been assisted by the laity to continue around the clock adoration.  I was at one point a member of that program.  A group of sisters left this order to found the Franciscans of the Eucharist in 1973 and have been on a different trajectory both in theology and growth. 


Atlantic Intellectual

'The life of an extraordinary French scholar'

Rowen Williams reviewed √Čtienne Gilson: Une biographie intellectuelle et politique by Florian Michel in The Times Literary Supplement.

Both Gilson and [Jacques] Maritain found the post-Vatican II era in the Roman Catholic Church exasperating and disillusioning, and both wrote eloquent jeremiads about it. Michel is a judicious guide to Gilson’s polemics of this period. Neither Gilson nor Maritain was simply being a grumpy old man; they were both anxious that the euphoria of a culture in love with its potential future would lose touch with the deep background of its moral assumptions – the Christian humanism that had emerged slowly and steadily out of the post-classical world, shaping new concepts of liberty and personal dignity and – not least – the sense of a universal human good. ....

"... A slipshod liturgy, poor translations, fear of what might be challengingly unfamiliar and a muddled progressivist philosophy (Gilson had no time for Teilhard de Chardin) might not in themselves be the end of the world. But as symptoms of intellectual and imaginative laziness they deserved to be castigated, and Gilson was not reluctant to oblige. His own retrieval of Aquinas’s thought, and – importantly – the entire intellectual and cultural world out of which it came, had convinced him that this was a story and a language that provided essential clarifications for European culture about its priorities. In his unflinching theological universalism, his sweeping scepticism about ideologies as secularized and debased theologies, his resistance to Manichaean myths in global politics, and his defence of the importance of the primary communities that make up the state and which the state has to nurture and support, Gilson often strikes some very timely notes. ...

Adoremus Conference Slated for March 14, 2020

From the Editors at Adoremus Bulletin,
"Why is it essential to foster in oneself and one’s family and parishioners a vibrant spiritual life—especially in the liturgy—and especially for the high point of the Church’s liturgical season, the Easter Triduum?

"Next year’s upcoming Adoremus Conference, held during Lent 2020 at the historic Sacred Heart Chapel in Covina, CA, will seek to answer this and other questions related to the spirituality of the Triduum liturgies."
Spring Break!

Christian School Includes Preborn in Ornament Submissions for the Wisconsin Capitol "Holiday" Tree

This year the Wisconsin Capitol Christmas Tree was dubbed the “Holiday Tree” by Governor Tony Evers, and on Friday, November 8, 2019 Evers announced that the theme of the tree would be “Celebrate Science.” Wisconsin students were asked to create themed ornaments for the tree and send them to the capitol to be displayed throughout the season. One local Christian school got creative.

Bethlehem Lutheran School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin decided to send a clear message to the governor about the true meaning of the season and science no less. In a Facebook post on Sunday, December 8th, Bethlehem Lutheran School displayed their creations, saying, “The fifth and sixth graders helped create some science and faith based ornaments for the Capitol Tree this year. Theirs were among thousands from other schools throughout the state. If you’re in Madison, be sure to check it out, it’s pretty awesome!”
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STrib: Exorcisms make a 21st century comeback in Minnesota

Most U.S. exorcists are parish priests tapped for the work, and they shun being identified to avoid unwanted attention. That was the case with two Minnesota exorcists interviewed for this story. Every bishop must appoint someone to the task. Their preparation ranges from training in Rome to mentoring with a local exorcist.

A growing number from Minnesota are heading to the Pope Leo XIII Institute based in Illinois, founded several years ago by Midwestern Catholics to offer intensive courses on the scriptural basis for exorcisms and how to perform them. The exorcists can now use the first English-language version of the medieval Latin exorcism prayers, which became available in 2017.
full article at Star Tribune

Is Nashotah House Seminary haunted by a monk in black?

Newspaper articles dating back to 1902 detail various ghost sightings and supernatural experiences at Nashotah House Seminary [Anglican], 2777 MIssion Road.

Most of them recount the history of the "Black Monk," a priest named Daniel Pope who was murdered by his wife in 1852 to accommodate an affair she was having with another man. But his death was ruled a suicide and considered a repugnant sin, so Pope's body was not allowed to buried in the consecrated grounds of the cemetery at Our Lady of Spring Bank Cistercian, where he served.

Nashotah House was nearby, but Pope was not allowed to be buried in hallowed ground there either. His tombstone stands to this day, but is isolated from the other graves.

On her deathbed, the legend goes, Pope's wife confessed to her crime. The priests, horrified at their mistake, exhumed Pope's grave — but found his casket empty.

Now, almost 170 years later, Pope's ghost is said to appear every Halloween and wander the cemetery in search of what should have been his final resting place.
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A Zen Priest Visits the Site Where Fr Thomas Merton Died

James Ford's post today, in the Monkey Mind blog at Patheos, on a recent visit to the site of Thomas Merton's death, includes this local angle.

"On the 10th [of December, 1968] he was attending a monastic conference at the Red Cross retreat at Sawang Kaniwat in Samut Prakan, Thailand. After giving a talk in the morning, in the afternoon his body was found in his room with a fan lying across his body. The conference organizer Rembert Weakland, then abbot primate of the Benedictine order anointed the body. The body was returned to Merton’s home, Gethsemani Abbey, outside of Louisville. There was no autopsy."

The American Epoch in the Catholic Church

Evelyn Waugh looked ahead in Life magazine, September 19, 1949 (pp. 135-37, 140, 143-44, 146, 149-150, 152, 155).
"So the battle continues, one that can never be lost and may never be won until the Last Trump."

Pastoral Letter of the U.S. Bishops, September 1919

The Pastoral letter of the archbishops and bishops of the United States assembled in conference at the Catholic University of America, September, 1919, can be found in a scan of the print edition (1920) at the Internet Archive.

Fanatic Friday: High Steppin edition

Youth baseball season is officially over! Whew.  I've had a few people ask me recently "are you still blogging?"  I'm not sure I ever really was, but just maybe we will find a little space again. 

Meet the next Des Moines bishop: a philosopher, advocate and self-described 'Iowa guy'

The priest whom Pope Francis selected to replace Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates is an Iowa State Cyclone, a philosophy professor and a self-described "Iowa guy."

The Rev. William Joensen will be the 10th bishop for the capital city diocese. The Iowa State University grad, who attended medical school before being called to the priesthood, addressed Catholics Thursday morning, shortly after the Vatican announced him as bishop-elect.

Later Thursday, Joensen celebrated Mass at a downtown service and ate a meal at a Catholic Charities homeless shelter — the same gesture Pates made when he was appointed to the role 11 years ago.

Joensen said he was initially shocked to get the phone call, less than two weeks ago, that he was being named the next bishop.
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Chicago's 'Sister Strike' nominated for Best Viral Sports Moment

Chicago, Ill., Jun 26, 2019 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Maybe it’s the signature bump of the baseball off her bicep before pitching the perfect curve ball. Maybe it’s that she does it all in a full black and white habit with a beaming smile on her face.

Whatever it is, the pitch of baseball whiz Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, OP, that captured the hearts of many over the past year inspired a baseball card, a bobble head, and now a nomination for a national sports award.

“Sister Strike,” as the Dominican sister has been called, has been nominated for an ESPY award in the category “Best Viral Sports Moment.” The ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) are an annual sports awards ceremony honoring memorable people and moments in sports. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Tracy Morgan in Los Angeles July 10.

The moment for which Sister is nominated? It’s called “Don’t Sleep on Sister Mary Jo’s curveball”, and it’s the moment when she threw a curveball strike to Lucas Giolito at the ceremonial opening of a Chicago White Sox game in August 2018.
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After a three year legal battle, Abp. Fulton Sheen's body quietly transferred to Peoria, cause resumes

UPDATE, 6/27/2019: Archbishop Sheen arrived in Peoria Thursday, where he was taken to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Greeted by Bp. Daniel Jenky, flanked by clergy, religious and lay faithful, the bishop sprinkled holy water on Sheen's casket before he was brought to his permanent resting place: the side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

The Peoria diocese has confirmed that Sheen's cause for canonization has resumed, and has noted the "divine coincidence" that this historic moment took place on the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

"Bishop Jenky has notified the Vatican indicating that civil litigation has ended and that Sheen's remains have been transferred," according to the press release by the diocese of Peoria. "The Vatican has confirmed that the Cause for Beatification has now resumed."

Visitation of Sheen's tomb is available Friday from 2–4 p.m., Saturday from 10–2 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
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* Sorry for my absentee posting. Four kids on for different baseball/softball teams, and that's the easy part of the summer schedule.