Across ArchMil - week of November 17th 2014

From the Chancery

Lighter Loads, Catholic ID video, YouTube

Black Catholic History Month, Living Our Faith Radio, YouTube. "Join Archbishop Listecki & guest co-host Bob Benes for a National Black Catholic History Month chat, Milwaukee Catholic Herald headlines & a great feature about Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare's awesome CFO!"

African contributions to Catholic Church are many, Herald of Hope column by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, Milwaukee Catholic Herald. "I am sure many would be surprised the tradition of the African-American Catholic dates to the Acts of the Apostles with the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch by Philip the deacon. Most European communities trace their Christian roots to 1,000 or 1,200 years ago." (Acts 8:26-39)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Wis.)

Bankruptcy judge denies ex-priest’s claim, by Associated Press, Wisconsin Law Journal. "Federal bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley has tossed out a claim from Marvin Knighton, who says he was wrongly defrocked and money he contributed to his retirement account should be returned to him."

Notice of Status Conference, to be Held on November 25, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. (CT)

At the Seminaries, Monasteries, Convents

Loyola University Chicago - President's Medallion, St. Francis de Sales Seminary, Facebook. "We are so proud of our college seminarian, Nick Baumgardner, who was awarded Loyola University's President's Medallion for leadership, scholarship and service!"

In the Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Who's to blame for fewer church attendees? In Exile column by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. "The answer to the mass exodus from our churches is not to blame the culture; it’s to make better churches!" (So if lower attendance means the churches are worse, then when attendance was higher, the churches were better.)

Priest with ALS to undergo experimental treatment in India, by Tracy Rusch. "'“After much prayer, study, and consultation with different doctors, family, friends, parishioners, priests and especially my spiritual director, I have decided to participate in the ALS stem trial in Pune, India,' he [Fr. Benjamin Reese, in residence at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Kenosha] wrote, asking parishioners to pray to the Venerable Pius XII for a successful treatment."

Science gives deeper meaning to faith, says Jesuit, by Colleen Jurkiewicz. "Fr. [George] Coyne’s departure from the Vatican Observatory in 2006 raised eyebrows after an article published by the Daily Mail suggested that he had been dismissed by Pope Benedict; in 2005, Fr. Coyne had publicly criticized a pro-intelligent design op-ed written by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn."

Around the Parishes and Schools

Faith community says good-bye to 5-year-old, by Colleen Jurkiewicz. "Hundreds of mourners, among them Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and members of the Milwaukee Police Department, gathered at Our Lady of Good Hope Church on Wednesday, Nov. 12, for the funeral of Laylah Petersen, the 5-year-old Milwaukee girl shot to death on Nov. 6."

Senegal bishop finds ‘kingdom’ in U.S., by Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Catholic Herald. "Dieme [Jean Paul Dieme, a member of St. Eugene Parish, Fox Point] is a member of a group of Catholics who have immigrated from Africa or have parents who have immigrated from Africa. The group meets twice a month at different parishes and sometimes in members’ homes.
"'It brings the church to the families,' Simon Biagui, member of Blessed Savior Parish, Milwaukee, said of the group."


  1. "So if lower attendance means the churches are worse, then when attendance was higher, the churches were better". In my head I hear Abbott and Castello half way through Who's on first... After this quote the word Naturally comes to mind


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