Friday, November 22, 2013

I'm still not sure what I think of Arise Milwaukee

I mean, if it bears good fruit, it must be good.


  1. I for one have yet to go to such a meeting.. if I hear about it I'll let ya know. The focus by the Youth groups at St. Stans has been on the Franciscum event at Holy Hill coming up and establishing our Sursum Corda group...but its a slow process. BTW how is the former ICRSP parish doing with Fr. Michael presiding in the La Crosse area?

    1. Excellent!
      I was just telling Ben Yanke, I was going to come to Holy Hill but I didn't realize it was on Wednesday, I can't swing a weekday right now.

      You are reminding me of a long overdue post I was going to do. The short answer is they seem to be doing well. I think a couple families left right after the announcement(and I think one came back), but almost everyone is still there.

    2. "if if bears good fruit..."? That's the usual argument for Medjugoje.

      As for St. Mary's Ridge, the report I got is not as optimistic. More like about 4 families stayed. I'm anticipating an announcement in about a year that due to low participation and Fr's other duties, the TLM will be eliminated or reduced below weekly (which will end it, too). That will put the blame on the families rather than the bishop's decision to toss the ICRSP.

    3. We are, indeed, doing well. :) Sung, high Mass Sundays at 12:00 pm. Low Mass followed by adoration each Thursday evening at 6:00 pm (except Thanksgiving). Low Mass on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday mornings of the month (also 5th Wednesday when there is one). Looking ahead to Christmas there will be a midnight high Mass (Yes! it begins at 12:00 am). Thanks for your interest and prayers.

    4. Oops! Forgot to list First Saturday Mass at 8:00 am! :)

  2. Interesting because my mom lives nearby and when we visit we take her to mass at that parish.... it is a beautiful building but not one that I believe is based in traditional Catholic practice.

    I would welcome comments and thoughts about this "Arise Milwaukee" event....I am open to reaching people with new ways to bring them to the Church...and we need the youth so they find the way to salvation... so I would appreciate hearing what the young people think about this approach...

  3. I've been to several Arise events. The combination of contemporary Christian and traditional music works well together, and, along with the inspirational talks, Arise has been able to bring young adults back to the traditional practices of Eucharistic Adoration and confession. In fact, they really pack them in! Last year, at Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa, with Archbishop Listecki present, they were said to have 1000 people in attendance with lines for confession lasting until 10:30 at night-they wrapped around the large church!

    When the priest enters the darkened church with the spotlight on the monstrance and the smoke of the incense hanging heavily in the air, it's a taste of heaven. There's no question as to Who this is all about. And when the Tantum Ergo begins for benediction, well, it's just divine!

    As president of Roses for Our Lady, a group that also promotes Eucharistic Adoration in Milwaukee, I wish that we could attract the numbers that Arise does. I don't know how they do it! Must be the Holy Spirit! Good work, Arise Milwaukee! Keep it up!

  4. Hi friends,

    My name is Tom Klind, and I'm on the planning team for Arise. Among a few hats that I wear for our ministry, I tend to manage our social media presence. I'm glad to know that you continue to stumble across our events invites, as this isn't the first time I've seen discussions about Arise on your blog!

    That being said, I'm happy to have a conversation with any of you regarding who we are and what we're trying to do here in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. If you're not sure what to think of us, why not attend before trying to make an evaluation?

    Our next parish mission will be at St. Mary's in Hales Corners (as I'm sure you noted when you took a screen shot of our FB invite). I'd suggest not only attending on Saturday night, December 7th, but also attending our parish mission talks. If you come, please introduce yourself.

    Our weekly outreach is Cor Jesu, held every Wednesday night at St. Robert Parish in Shorewood. I know the spirituality of Badger Catholic tends to skew towards orthodoxy (my own personal preference as well). We have Mass every Wednesday at 8pm at St. Robert. Please come. I assure you that you won't find a more orthodox daily liturgy in the city, and you'll also encounter about 250 young adults as well. Our rotation of priests is Fr. John Burns, Fr. Luke Strand, Fr. Kevin McManaman, and Fr. Jacob Strand. Of the many reasons we're at St. Robert parish is that it is the home to the Blessed John Paul II House of Discernment. The men you see in the picture above are a combination of the residents of that house (men in some formalized stage of discernment), Jesuit scholastics, and current seminarians of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

    As to the circle Matt referenced, that's during benediction. For better or for worse, the altar at the Cathedral in Milwaukee is in the center of the church. Because we had so many people in attendance, we had people sitting in the "pews" both in front and behind the altar. We also had our servers circle the blessed sacrament as well. I hope we can all agree that St. John's is a cathedral with a beautiful history, representative in many ways of the highs and lows of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

    To address whether or not support or like Arise, we've been wholeheartedly embraced by Bishop Hying and Archbishop Listecki. Archbishop Listecki will again be presiding one of our Saturday Mission Nights next year. He also invited us to join on his radio program on Relevant Radio, and wrote about being shocked and delighted by Arise when he joined us for the first time at Christ King parish in Wauwatosa in spring 2013.

    Friends, just like yours, our mission is simply to bring people to the Eucharist, and back to the sacrament of confession with the hopes that it will inspire them to conversion, re-embrace their Catholic identity, and go fall further in love with both Christ and his church.

    I'll look forward to seeing you at St. Mary's in Hales Corners on December 7th. If you'd like to connect before then, my email address is

    God bless!

  5. I've been to most of the Arise events and as someone who was "re-evangelized" in my cradle Catholic roots by the newer generation of orthodox programs with some charismatic connections (namely Life Teen and Franciscan University of Steubenville, though again I'm drastically stereotyping), yet who has grown to embrace a tremendous passion for traditional worship and practice (I'm a proud parishioner of St. Anthony's in Milwaukee) I can testify that Arise does a tremendous job blending the contemporary and traditional in music, preaching, and devotions.

    The focus truly is on personal conversion and a radical embrace of Catholicism through the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance and is greatly blessing young adults in the Archdiocese, and in my case, their young children too! My little ones, who are prone to breaking out in Latin arguments in Target (yes this really happened!) and to "saying Mass" pretty much every day in our basement, look forward each and every time to going to Arise, to see many of their friends from similar families, but genuinely to pray before our Eucharistic Lord.

  6. Anything that causes actual kneeling in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is a good thing.


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