Bishop Hying installation to be broadcast on EWTN June 25

Solemn Vespers will be streamed live on Relevant Radio, and Facebook. The Mass of Installation will also be streamed live on EWTN.
Madison Diocese

Three Brothers Who Are Priests Show the Power of a Family Dedicated to God

Earlier this month Jerry and Bernadette Strand celebrated the priestly ordination of their son, Vincent. However, this was not the first time one of their sons became a priest. Over the past seven years, all three of their sons (Luke, Jacob and Vincent) completed seminary studies and were ordained in service to the Church.

While it may be surprising to hear about three brothers becoming priests, their story is not unique. There are countless stories of brothers responding to the same call of God to the priesthood.
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MKE Police gather for ‘Blue Mass’ ahead of anniversary of Officer Irvine’s death with Abp. Listecki

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police officers were honored Tuesday night, June 4 during the city's annual "Mass of Blessing for Law Enforcement" at the Basilica of St. Josaphat.

MPD suffered unimaginable heartbreak since the last blue Mass a year ago -- with three officers losing their lives in the line of duty. They were remembered, as those in attendance were uplifted.

"This is something else. It's my first time ever being here," said Officer Michael Bachmann.

"There's going to be good times and bad times in law enforcement, but we can't forget our faith and I believe in the power of prayer," said Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales.

The event brought together officers, their families and the community, standing side by side as Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki delivered prayers of unity, peace, and support.

"It is our law enforcement community that refuses to abandon hope, even for our most challenging community," said Listecki.
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FSCC welcome three new sisters professing First Vows

“As Postulants, you chose the group title, Lanterns of Merciful Light. Today’s liturgy speaks of Jesus telling the Disciples that they will be witnesses of His suffering, forgiveness and merciful love. You have learned how to recognize the light of Jesus in another and you have had opportunities to experience Jesus’ mercy for yourself and extend that mercy to others. We now live in the promise Jesus made to send us the Holy Spirit to be with us. God will continue to give the graces to live the Vows throughout our life.”

Wisconsin Cistercians attribute their growing membership to young women seeking to live radically for God

When six young aspiring sisters entered Valley of Our Lady Cistercian Monastery the year Prioress Mother Anne Marie’s own mother died in 2006, Mother Anne Marie wondered if her mom (who had six daughters) had anything to do with the new postulants’ arrival.

Whether or not a mother’s intercession played a role in the six millennials entering the community in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, the new sisters proved to be an abundant blessing for then-novice-mistress Mother Anne Marie, 66, who was used to forming one or two postulants a year.

“I was pestering mom,” said the Mendota, Illinois, native, “‘If you’re pulling strings to get six postulants to enter all in one year, you’re going to have to help me.’”

Four of the six women went on to profess solemn vows, and more continue to enter, so much so that community leaders had to creatively allocate space to house their now 21 members and move ahead with fundraising to build a larger monastery.
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Journey of faith: Bishop Hying reflects on his time in Gary as he prepares for Madison

His time leading the faithful in the Region will be remembered fondly by Hying.

"I'll miss the warmth and friendship of the people. I've just met beautiful people here who have become friends in a short period of time," said Hying, who was installed as bishop of the Diocese of Gary on Jan. 6, 2015. "When I first came here, I worried about that because I never really lived away from my hometown, so I just wondered how that would go. But I felt completely at home here."

The fact he felt comfortable almost immediately was due to the "hospitality and kindness of the people," he said.
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DITKA was at UW-Plattville Pioneer Catholic event

Apparently I need to get on their mailing list, this happened last Saturday.  They got DITKA and we didn't even know!

Coach Mike Ditka will be at St. Augustine's yearly Banquet. RSVP at He will be speaking as we showcase our ministry at UW-Platteville. All sponsors are invited to a special VIP pre banquet meeting at Newman Heights where coach will be signing autographs and chatting with people. Main event in Ullsvick Hall. For sponsorship information call Blaine Hechimovic at 920-296-2185.
St. Augustine University Parish - CNC

Reader looking for recommendations while passing through

From a reader, perhaps folks could chime in on the comments, she did not leave contact info.
Karen Marie Rotter

Two of us, mature female Oblates of St Benedict and members of an FSSP Parish in Tacoma, WA, and pilgrimaging from Olympia, WA throughout Wisconsin, Chicago, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma. My sister and other family members live in Cashton, WI so I have been privileged to visit the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine from the time of its Dedication. We could not find any lodging near the shrine, so it’s the only place we will have to resort to a motel; July 3-10 weekly rate $275 including tax is very reasonable, but we would rather stay at a Holy Place. This is not a vacation, and staying with my family would be too much of a distraction. I know there are residential houses just below the Shrine; do you know if any have room-rentals?

Can you tell me about the Latin Mass in Cashton’s St Mary Ridge, and about the Institute of Christ the King in LaCrosse, and other Holy Places that would be good to visit near LaCrosse. We will arrive by Amtrak and then rent a car for six weeks. We will stay a week at Resurrection Monastery while visiting the approved Apparition Site in Champion, then Holy Hill, Our Lady of LaSalette, and Marytown. We will then drop down into Chicago for a week at Holy Cross Monastery while a priest friend takes us to other Holy Places. We will visit the St Therese shrine in Darien on our way to Des Moines, Iowa, then head for Missouri for a brief stay at Conception abbey and several days with the Benedictine Sisters in Gower. We will then visit a dear Brother and friend at Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, and make a short visit with Mother Miriam in Tulsa before flying home. All of this on a tight budget. We were hoping to offset the major expense of a $1600 car rental through Costco Travel if someone in La Crosse wanted to donate a car to either Clear Creek Abbey or Mother Miriam, we could deliver the car to them via our Pilgrimage.
As to La Crosse, I don't know of any room rentals.  Eventually the Shrine may build guest housing but there is none currently available.

The Exorcisms of Emma

Father Theophilus Riesinger outside St. Joseph’s Church.
[Inset] A younger Father Theo at Our Lady of Sorrows.
This is incredibly well written, terrifying, fascinating and... well weird.
July 17, 1931

It was early morning in Vatican City. Most people were asleep, including the pope himself, Pius XI. But his stone-faced Papal Secretary of State never slept, or so it seemed as he tackled the papers at his desk at 2 a.m. It was a fraught time to head up Vatican affairs, and the stress took its toll. Pamphlets had circulated the last few days accusing the pope of being an anti- Fascist agitator and calling for his arrest. “Down with the pope!” was the slogan of the day. The Vatican bureaucrat was pulling an all-nighter to deal with the fallout. That’s when a deafening roar sent him flying from his seat.

Though possession always claimed a place in Church doctrine, some dioceses wanted nothing to do with the concept, and the leaders of Theo’s drew a line in the sand. The split with the local Catholic authorities ran deep enough to ship Theo out of the Big Apple.

Exiled to Marathon, Wisconsin, he ministered to a modest church called St. Anthony’s. He fit right into the rural ethos. He was the rare priest who could go from giving communion at services to wielding an ax to clear land for a new building.

Classifying the case as a true possession, Father Theo urged Emma to allow him to place her at St. Joseph Parish in Earling, Iowa, where she would be cared for by the Franciscan sisters. He hoped Earling’s isolation would conceal her condition from others. “I should like to have her brought here,” Theo explained at Earling, “since it would create too much excitement in her home.” Emma feared what might happen but agreed. “I will come, no matter how hard it will be,” she wrote in a letter to Father Theo.

Assumption events Aug 14-15 at Good Help Shrine featuring Scott Hahn

In this historic 160th year anniversary of Mary's appearance at Champion, Wisconsin, join us on pilgrimage Wednesday, August 14, 2019,  the eve of the Feast Day Mass for the Solemnity of the  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, America's Church-approved Marian Apparition Site, for a 7 PM (CST) presentation by Dr. Scott Hahn.

Cost per person for the August 14th 7-9 PM presentation at Champion Shrine is $20, with pre-registration required  by clicking the link below.  The following morning, at 9:30 AM CST Thursday, August 15th,  Dr. Hahn will speak an hour before the Feast Day Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a free talk; however, pre-registration is required at:

The Cause of our Salvation

Giotto, The Ascension of Christ

Article 6. Whether Christ's Ascension is the cause of our salvation?

I answer that, Christ's Ascension is the cause of our salvation in two ways: first of all, on our part; secondly, on His.

On our part, in so far as by the Ascension our souls are uplifted to Him; because, as stated above (Article 1, Reply to Objection 3), His Ascension fosters, first, faith; secondly, hope; thirdly, charity. Fourthly, our reverence for Him is thereby increased, since we no longer deem Him an earthly man, but the God of heaven; thus the Apostle says (2 Corinthians 5:16): "If we have known Christ according to the flesh—'that is, as mortal, whereby we reputed Him as a mere man,'" as the gloss interprets the words—"but now we know Him so no longer."

On His part, in regard to those things which, in ascending, He did for our salvation. First, He prepared the way for our ascent into heaven, according to His own saying (John 14:2): "I go to prepare a place for you," and the words of Micheas (2:13), "He shall go up that shall open the way before them." For since He is our Head the members must follow whither the Head has gone: hence He said (John 14:3): "That where I am, you also may be." In sign whereof He took to heaven the souls of the saints delivered from hell, according to Psalm 67:19 (Cf. Ephesians 4:8): "Ascending on high, He led captivity captive," because He took with Him to heaven those who had been held captives by the devil—to heaven, as to a place strange to human nature. captives in deed of a happy taking, since they were acquired by His victory.

Secondly, because as the high-priest under the Old Testament entered the holy place to stand before God for the people, so also Christ entered heaven "to make intercession for us," as is said in Hebrews 7:25. Because the very showing of Himself in the human nature which He took with Him to heaven is a pleading for us. so that for the very reason that God so exalted human nature in Christ, He may take pity on them for whom the Son of God took human nature. Thirdly, that being established in His heavenly seat as God and Lord, He might send down gifts upon men, according to Ephesians 4:10: "He ascended above all the heavens, that He might fill all things," that is, "with His gifts," according to the gloss.



Solemn Mass for Ascension at St Mary's Pine Bluff at 6:30PM

The forty days, which St. Luke tells us in Acts had passed between Christ’s Resurrection and His glorious Ascent into Heaven, are nearly completed.

On Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 PM, we will have a Solemn Mass at St. Mary’s Pine Bluff to commemorate the Ascension of Our Lord.

8th Annual Holy Hill 5K Run/Walk June 15, 2019

Greetings to all,

Thank you to those of you who have registered for our 8th Annual Holy Hill Men of Christ 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 15, 2019!  

For those of you who have not registered but are interested in participating in this awesome event, we invite you to sign up here on, as the early bird discount still applies through May 31, 2019 -- only $25!  

Race Information:
Date: June 15, 2019
Time: Run starts at 1:00PM and Walk at 1:10PM
Location: Holy Hill Lower Stations of the Cross, Hartford, WI
Entry includes: dry-fit shirt, Rosary, scapular, and lots of neat stuff in a goodie bag!  

As you may know, this is an amazing event that not only brings Christian families together for a joyful day, but also raises money for many worthwhile charities! We are hopeful you can join us for the awesome run/walk, and we ask that you not only bring your family and friends; but feel free to invite anyone you know -- as all are welcome!  

We sincerely thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a Grace-filled day within the shadows of Holy Hill on June 15!  

May God bless you and your families!

Tim Dunne, Race Director

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Catholicism, authority and desire

In "Mad virgins and Don Juans" Rupert Shortt reviews In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, homosexuality, hypocrisy, by Frédéric Martel, translated by Shaun Whiteside, at The Times Literary Supplement.

"Over the past century the Catholic Church has done more than any other institution to demonstrate the abiding relevance of biblical and classical principles of justice and charity: its records on debt remission, conscientious consumption habits, the environment, and socially responsible uses of technology speak for themselves. There is therefore much to lament about the retreat of Christianity across Europe."

It seems Benedictines of Mary consider the move to Madison to be cancelled

Plans moved forward toward Madison, but when Bishop Morlino suddenly and unexpectedly passed to eternity, our foundational compass turned south again. We remain very grateful to the Diocese of Madison for all they had done in preparation for the cancelled move, and if our welcome is still extant when we are again ready to make a foundation, we will happily resume plans to go north, according to God’s will!
Benedictines of Mary Spring Newsletter

There's couple ways this could be read, perhaps they simply are waiting to see if Bishop Hying extends the same offer once he is installed as bishop, or the mention "when we are again ready to make a foundation" which seems to indicate they may be making other plans? 

A good blogger would reach out to a few people to get the scoop, but as you are aware I am not a good blogger, at least until I get some more free time.  If this does come to fruition, it would be an incredible addition to our state.  We need, *need* more women religious of many different focuses and missions all with Jesus Christ at their heart.  I'm still hoping God answers my prayers for an order of women religious medical professionals.

Ok so I'm told that the move is cancelled, the sisters chose a small town in Missouri instead of Madison
I hope this one will do: on April 28, Divine Mercy Sunday and the feast of our secondary patron, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, we said goodbye to the Sisters setting out to begin our first daughter house! When the search for our first foundation was on, we first headed down to a little town called Ava, Missouri, where Bishop Edward Rice met us and showed us a very large house that had become available.

Our Lady of the Broken procession May 31st in Chicago

On Friday, May 31st, thousands will walk and pray for peace in Chicago with a broken statue of the Virgin Mary.

Chicago radio personality Kevin Matthews found a statue of the Virgin Mary broken and lying by a dumpster. His life would never be the same. Now you can experience this compelling story of hope and healing.

Hear and talk by Kevin Matthews and then walk with thousands in a candlelight procession along Chicago Avenue to the Water Tower with Our Lady of the Broken as we pray for peace and healing in our lives and in our troubled city.

La Crosse Diocese's Mater Redemptoris House of Formation to close

Dear Parents and Young Girls,

Peace in Christ. I pray this finds you doing well today.

It is with sadness that I must inform you that we have to cancel the Come, Follow Days for July 1-2nd.

We were informed this past Saturday that Bishop Callahan is ending our ministry here at Mater Redemptoris House of Formation. Our last day will be June 30th. The House will now be used for the Men's Formation program called Regency.

I will be shredding all checks already received in the mail. Since our fiscal year started in July I had been holding on to them to deposit.

I do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Oh, and will you please confirm receiving this email so I know you have been informed about the cancellation of the Come, Follow Days.

THANK YOU so much for your understanding. It has truly been a joy and honor to serve you and your children these past years. We will greatly miss you!

Please keep us in your prayers!
Gratefully in Christ,
Sister M. Consolata

Mater Redemptoris House of Formation
A ministry of the Diocese of La Crosse and
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George.

This is a great order of sisters, and my daughter was just getting close to old enough to attend some of their vocation discernment events.  Then-Bishop Burke had built a building and chapel on the diocese property and brought in the Sisters of the Martyrs of St George to foster vocations for young women.  The sisters are based out of Alton, IL and serve in many locations around the US.  I don't know any details other than the email.  There are very few orders of women religious in the area with solid formation and a realistic future in the Church.  I can only hope this means perhaps another order will be brought in to fill this serious need in the La Crosse Diocese.

The new men's program sounds interesting; this is the first I've heard of it.

Historic Everest Inn in Wausau to become new home to Sister Adorers

Lori Torkko, left, with The Rev. Canon Aaron Huberfeld, center, and Dave Torkko, right, in front of a wall in the entrance hall at the Everest Inn. Guests signed their name on the wall so the Torkkos could preserve the memories. (Photo: Megan Stringer/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin) 
WAUSAU - As guests plan their final visit to the historic Everest Inn before it closes at the end of the month, St. Mary's Catholic Church is preparing plans to convert the bed and breakfast into a home for nuns.

The Rev. Canon Aaron Huberfeld, head priest at St. Mary's, announced Monday evening that the church will buy the Everest Inn and it will become a convent. He made the announcement at the Everest Inn during a potluck dinner with some of the current owners' friends.

The sale will be final on May 30. The last evening for visitors to stay at the inn is May 29.
The church also has historic roots in Wausau. A house on McIndoe Street was the location of the first Catholic Mass in Wausau around 1850 or so, Huberfeld said.

St. Mary's opened its church on Grand Avenue in 1892, he said. It was destroyed by a fire in 1953 and later renovated. The current religious order — the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, of which Huberfeld is a member — has been at St. Mary's since 2003.

Huberfeld anticipates that neighbors will see the sisters around McIndoe Street and at St. Mary's, but they will of course be quiet neighbors, he said. The women will be an active part of the community at St. Mary's and will find charitable work in which to participate..
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