Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Packers' Bart Starr is ready for his emotional homecoming

Bart Starr often falls asleep while watching his Green Bay Packers on TV, but on Sunday, for the first time in a long time, he remained engaged for their entire victory over the Vikings. He made a few comments about this touchdown or that one, and he even once identified Aaron Rodgers by name.

Starr has been surging in recent weeks, driving hard toward the established goal of a halftime appearance at Thursday night's Packers-Bears game at Lambeau Field for the unveiling of Brett Favre's retired No. 4. He's on schedule to fly Wednesday morning from his Birmingham, Alabama, home to Green Bay to finish the job, and this comes as no surprise to those close to him, those who watched the Packers legend survive two strokes, a heart attack and four seizures in September 2014, and then a life-threatening bronchial infection three months ago.

Though Starr's wife of 61 years, Cherry, said her 81-year-old husband doesn't remember specifics of his career and doesn't connect with old clips from his glory days, Starr's trainer, Brian Burns, said Tuesday his most resilient client can now recite a few basic facts he didn't know last month.
continue at ESPN

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Out of the office for a week

Taking my babe to NYC.  BTW, send me suggestions, we're out seeing the sites.  Turns out the Badgers play at Madison Square Garden while we are there, oh how I love Divine Providence.  I'm hoping to show up at some archdiocesan event so I can get thrown around by the Cardinal Dolan security detail.

I'll probably be tweeting a bit on the news but that's it, no blogging.  ....Man, I have not been posting much about Abp. Cupich but what a disaster this guy is.  I'll do a real post when I get back and the USCCB dust has settled.  What a polarizing idealogue.... Okay, well, just to sum up, here's what this guy has been up to.

Archbishop Cupich pushes Kasper theology

You always want to give these guys the benefit of the doubt, right. I've gone out of my way to pray for Cdl Wuerl over the years and now Cupich, and just make sure the interior life is getting a workout with the whole praying for enemies thing.  So we must always remember to do good to those who do not return the favor.  ... but that said, there's no longer any doubt.

Well this I guess is a roundabout way of saying....

AND, did you know this existed in real life??

NYFD Hook and Ladder #8 (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

SOoooooooooo, yeah, that's the long way of saying I'll be in Gotham for the next week and not posting on this blog.

JS: Cedarburg priest returns to parish after claims go unsubstantiated

A Cedarburg priest will return for services next weekend after being cleared by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in its investigation of an allegation that he sexually abused a minor decades ago.

In a letter sent to parishioners Sunday, Archbishop Jerome Listecki said the allegation against the Rev. Tom Eichenberger of St. Francis Borgia Parish was not substantiated.

Eichenberger was put on leave in September. The allegation came from a claim filed in the church's bankruptcy case, which accused Eichenberger of molesting a minor during his first assignment at a parish in West Allis after his 1976 ordination.
continue at JS

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NYPost: The Wisconsin nuns who have been praying nonstop since 1878

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire — any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns who say none of it has kept their order from praying nonstop for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 137 years.

The La Crosse-based Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration claim to have been praying night and day for the ill and the suffering longer than anyone in the United States — since 11 a.m. on Aug. 1, 1878.
continue at NYPost

Well... not exactly.  Don't get me wrong, it's still perpetual adoration, so bravo, but the article explicitly says this is not just the nuns anymore.
“Sometimes it’s overwhelming with the pain that people have and the illnesses that they are suffering,” said Donna Benden, who is among 180 lay people known as “prayer partners” who help the 100 sisters. Benden prays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Wednesday before going to work.
The order started asking for community help in 1997, when the number of nuns began dwindling. Nowadays, the sisters usually take night shifts and lay people cover the day, according to Sister Maria Friedman, who schedules two people for every hour. “Even the sisters go away frequently or take on other tasks, it’s the complexity of modern life,” she said.
I would love to tell you more, but I am not allowed on their property.  Wow... that was five years ago already....   

Monday, November 16, 2015

Can Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Get You Fired at Marquette University?

MADISON, Wis.—John McAdams remains in professional limbo at his Jesuit school.

The long-time Marquette University political science professor at the center of one of the most controversial academic freedom cases in higher education continues to wait for a faculty hearing committee’s decision on his professional fate.

Marquette has said it intends to fire McAdams because of his blog post a little over a year ago criticizing a student teacher for prohibiting a philosophy student from sharing his opposition to same-sex marriage in the class.

The faculty committee, which held a hearing into the matter in September, has 90 days to make its recommendation on whether McAdams should stay or go.

“If they say Marquette shouldn’t fire me, it will be hard for Marquette to fire me, although they may try to anyway,” McAdams told Wisconsin Watchdog this week on the Vicki McKenna Show, on Newstalk 1310 WIBA. “If they say Marquette can fire me, it will be easier for Marquette, although not terribly easy because, No. 1, that would create a huge amount of bad publicity for Marquette and, No. 2, they have essentially been promised a lawsuit from my lawyers.”
continue at The Daily Signal

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St. Gertrude the Great, ora pro nobis!

Interestingly, she is the only woman among the saints to be called "the Great': St. Gertrude the Great.

St. Gertrude the Great icon by Theophilia
Humble, always happy and smiling, with a loving heart for all, she sparkled with trust, joy and peace, and led everyone to the Lord. To her soul, Jesus was like a spring day, vibrant with life and scented with flowers: Love par excellence, the one overwhelming Love. This is why she is known on the one hand as the "Teresa of Germany" and on the other, the "theologian of the Sacred Heart".

One day, Jesus said to Gertrude: "It would be good to make known to men and women how they would benefit from remembering that I, the Son of God and of the Blessed Virgin Mary, always stand before God for the salvation of the human race, and that should they commit some sin through their weakness. I offer my unblemished Heart to the Father for them".
Sacred Heart of Jesus IIby Theophilia
During her long and painful illness, she decided to recount the "adventure" of her conversion and to tell of the wonderful revelations with which Jesus had favoured her: "Until the age of 25, I was a blind and insane woman... but you, Jesus, deigned to grant me the priceless familiarity of your friendship by opening to me in every way that most noble casket of your divinity, which is your divine Heart, and offering me in great abundance all your treasures contained in it".
Franz Ludwig Hermann 1723 -1791
St Gertrude the Great 1746-1755
Klosterkirche, Zwiefalten (South Germany)

JS: Sacred Heart complex's new life includes renovated apartments

In the early 20th century, Milwaukee's Sacred Heart Sanitarium earned a national reputation as a spa that offered wealthy patients water baths and other hydrotherapy for chronic illnesses.

Now, part of the Sacred Heart complex, operated by the School Sisters of St. Francis, has been converted into 77 apartments for the order's members.

"This is a day of such joy and fulfillment that our hearts are just bursting," said Sister Carol Rigali, of the order's U.S. provincial team, at a recent dedication for the $9 million project, at 1545 S. Layton Blvd.

The newly renovated apartments and common areas are in the Sacred Heart complex's six-floor Alexia Tower, with 46 units, and single-floor Clara Court, with 31 units. They include nursing care for retired nuns, most of whom served in teaching and other ministries for 60 years or more.

It amounts to "a new way of ministering in this historic Sacred Heart site," Rigali said at the dedication ceremony, which included remarks by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki.
continue at JS

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fanatic Friday: So, do you come to Milwaukee often? edition

FSPA Sister looks back on 22 years of defending innocent life in the womb; a great interview!

Yes, the same FSPA that had their president promote abortion through Obamacare mandates.  A wonderful sister, God bless her!  Posted in full from The Catholic Times.  

By Joseph O'Brien, Staff Writer

LA CROSSE – Sister Rosalia Bauer is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration with a special mission to protect the littlest of our Lord’s little ones – those in danger of being aborted or destroyed through abortifacients and contraceptives. She is also determined to reach out to the mothers who, either because of fear, lack of counseling or unfortunate life circumstances, feel compelled to destroy their children in the womb.

One of 11 children, Sister Rosalia entered the FSPA on Sept. 1, 1947. She studied nursing and graduated from St. Anthony School of Nursing, Carroll, Iowa, in 1953. She told The Catholic Times, “I am proud being a nurse,” noting that the profession “is like a doorknob allowing me to enter people’s hearts.” Her nursing ministry took her around the Midwest with stints at St. Anthony’s after graduation, serving as a registered nurse and instructor of student nurses. Five years later, in 1958, as head nurse and instructor at St. Francis Hospital (now known as Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Health Care), La Crosse, she initiated, with Charlotte McArdle’s (director of Nursing Services), encouragement, the first home care program. In 1961, she became supervisor of operation rooms, central supply and outpatients at Sacred Heart Hospital, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Three years later, she was back at St. Francis in La Crosse serving as emergency department supervisor. After receiving a master’s in nursing in 1969 from the University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., Sister Rosalia returned to La Crosse to become director of La Crosse County Health and Home Care Services. She returned to school in 1975, becoming the first FSPA Family Nurse Practitioner, graduating in 1976 from the University of Virginia-Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

John Huebscher to retire as Wisconsin Catholic Conference executive director

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) announced that Executive Director John Huebscher will retire in January and Associate Director Kim Wadas will succeed him.

The WCC was organized by the state’s Catholic bishops in 1969 for the purpose of coordinating various interdiocesan activities and public affairs interests of the five Roman Catholic dioceses in Wisconsin on a statewide level.

A primary responsibility given to the conference is to represent the dioceses in the Wisconsin Legislature and to study and develop public policy positions that reflect the teachings and values of the Catholic Church.

Huebscher is the WCC’s second director, having succeeded Charles Phillips in July of 1992.
continue at MadCatHerald

Milwaukee’s church steeples

You’ve no doubt noticed the amazing black pen sketches of Milwaukee’s church steeples arranged along the banner of Cream City Catholic as well as on our Twitter page. We are long overdue for a post that explains a bit of the history of these sketches. They are the work of a talented local artist, Mary Ann Berry.
continue at Cream City Catholic 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

St. Josaphat Kuntsevych, ora pro nobis!

Happy feast day to the most beautiful church in the universe!  I ♥ my basilica!

St. Josaphat himself was and is controversial, in fact one of the most contentious saints I've ever read about.
In October 1623 [St.] Kuntsevych ordered the arrest of the last priest who was clandestinely holding Orthodox services at Vitebsk, where Kuntsevych had a residence. Enraged at this, some Orthodox townspeople(along with Lithuanian Protestants) lynched Kuntsevych on 12 November.  Witnesses of the event described it as follows:

The ringing of cathedral bells and the bells of other churches spread. This was the signal and call to insurrection. From all sides of town masses of people – men, women, and children – gathered with stones and attacked the archbishop's residence. The masses attacked and injured the servants and assistants of the archbishop, and broke into the room where he was alone. One hit him on the head with a stick, another split it with an axe, and when Kuntsevych fell, they started beating him. They looted his house, dragged his body to the plaza, cursed him – even women and children. ... They dragged him naked through the streets of the city all the way to the hill overlooking the river Dvina. Finally, after tying stones to the dead body, they threw him into the Dvina at its deepest.
And in retaliation
Kuntsevych's canonization process began in the interval of the January Uprising of 1863–1865 against the Russian Empire and was "understood in many circles, including Polish, Russian, and Ruthenian circles, as a papal gesture of moral support for the insurgent Poles." A Russophile Ruthenian newspaper, Slovo (uk), published several negative articles about Kuntsevych. This antagonism to his canonization "makes sense within the context of the Russophile hegemony in Ruthenian public opinion" and was seen as insult to Imperial Russia. The Russian government responded, in 1875, with further Russification and forced conversion of the Eastern Catholic Chełm Eparchy, the last Eastern Catholic eparchy in the Russian Empire.
After numerous miracles attributed to Kuntsevych were reported to Church officials, Pope Urban VIII appointed a commission in 1628, to inquire into his possible canonization, which examined 116 witnesses under oath. Josaphat's body was claimed to be incorrupt five years after his death. In 1637, a second commission investigated his life and, in 1643, Josaphat was beatified. He was canonized on June 29, 1867 by Pope Pius IX. 
As in many of these East/West matters, it's complicated and blood boils to this day on both sides.

Bonus: My friend EMR posts more at Cream City