St. Cecilia, ora pro nobis!

From the Sisters St. Mary Chapel at Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc (which you might consider adding to your list of places to visits)

University of Wisconsin Lets Student Government Deny Status and Funding to Pro-Life Group

Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Monday to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on behalf of a student organization that had been unconstitutionally denied official recognition by the school’s student government before an administrator intervened. The letter requests that the school modify its unconstitutional policies that authorized the student government to discriminate against the conservative group.

Earlier this fall, Emily Strangfeld along with other students organized a Turning Point USA chapter at UW-Stevens Point. TPUSA is a national organization whose mission is to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. Although the fledgling chapter satisfied the six application requirements for recognition, the school’s student senate voted to deny recognition without explanation. Although an administrator rightly reversed the student senate’s decision, the school’s underlying policies give the campus senate and the administrator unlimited authority to deny recognition, and thereby funding, to any group opposed by the student government.
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La Crosse FSPA Sisters remove Catholic status from Franciscan Healthcare, transfers Viterbo University to lay leadership

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration will transfer its control of two health systems and Viterbo University to lay leadership while the La Crosse-based order focuses on other ministries, FSPA President Sister Karen Lueck announced Tuesday.

The move, subject to Vatican approval and scheduled to take effect July 1, ends the FSPAs’ oversight and sponsorship of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home in Carroll, Iowa, and Viterbo University, Lueck said at a press conference at FSPA headquarters.

Viterbo and St. Anthony will maintain their Catholic identities with the development of Viterbo Ministries and St. Anthony Ministries, while Mayo-Franciscan will be shifted to Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester, Minn., as a faith-based but non-Catholic organization, Lueck said.

The amount of money the order will receive from Mayo remains to be determined, but details are being worked out under the pact the sisters and Mayo signed when they became partners in 1995 [under then Bishop John Paul and shortly after Bishop Raymond Burke], said Lueck and Dr. Tim Johnson, Mayo Clinic’s regional vice president in southwest Wisconsin.
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I'll comment more later, but it's not clear if this now gives Mayo the ability to perform abortions on campus.  Originally Mayo planned to open a surgery center in nearby Onalaska for abortions.  There's been a lot of coverage in the Tribune on the topic so I'm surprised Tighe didn't touch on it, although they have never written anything that might shine a bad light on the FSPA.

Prior to this move, it's my understanding that the hospital had three equal controlling partners, Franciscan Skemp, the FSPA and Mayo (correct me if I'm wrong).  It looks like eventually this will just simply be Mayo controlled, in which case it would have no ethical oversight from the diocese and would just simply become de facto secular, which practically speaking has mostly become anyway.  There is a chapel on campus, which I guess would be removed unless some formal arrangement would be made with the diocese.

This perhaps also gives Viterbo University the ability to formally remove their Catholic status as well, although the article seems to indicate they are not removing them at this time.

Cardinal Burke to speak in Pewaukee Dec 7th - Trinity Academy annual dinner

Note: Early bird reduced price ends tomorrow

Good Help Shrine welcomes new COO

(Champion, Wis.) – The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help has welcomed Don Warden as its new chief operations officer. Warden joins the Shrine after having recently served as executive director of Elizabeth Ministry International.

“I am very excited to join The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help as we carry forth Mary’s message to all those who continue to seek peace, hope and healing here,” Warden said. “By her Son’s will, Mary will continue to guide the growth here at Champion. And, just as Adele Brise followed Our Lady’s instructions when Mary appeared to her in 1859, we will continue to be stewards of Mary’s mission here at Champion Shrine. I am grateful and humbled by the opportunity to serve with the team at Champion.”

In his role as COO, Warden will serve under the direction of the newly-established board of trustees of the non-profit National Catholic Marian Shrine located in Champion, WI. He will lead a team of professionals recently assembled at Champion to shepherd it through the era of steady growth and expansion it has been experiencing since having been designated, in 2010, the only Church-approved Marian apparition site in the US and, subsequently, in 2016, a “National Shrine.” There are currently only a few dozen Marian apparition sites in the world similarly recognized and approved by the Catholic Church. Lourdes, Guadalupe and Fatima are among those approved Marian Apparition sites with which Champion now shares international recognition as a worldwide pilgrimage destination.

Newman Center at UW-Superior closed, building sold

On the opposite side of the coin as UW-Madison, sadly the Newman Center at UW-Superior goes the opposite way.
With the start of UW-Superior’s 2017-18 academic year, a 55-year history was coming to an end. On-campus Catholic ministry was changing.

The UW-Superior Newman Student Center building, dedicated in 1962, had long been a topic of discussion in the Diocesan Finance Council. From an administrative standpoint, the building was underutilized. From a ministry standpoint, a permanent location was not essential to its mission.

Dan Blank was hired in earlier this year as the director of Administrative Services for the Diocese of Superior. “With groundwork laid previously by others, I was charged with helping facilitate some discussion with the university to find out if they were seriously interested in purchasing the building or not,” Blank said. In fact, the university was interested and made the diocese a reasonable offer. With a sense of fulfilling the diocese’s goal of being good stewards of its resources and assets, the offer was accepted and the sale finalized in mid-September.
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St. Gertrude the Great, ora pro nobis!

In 1281, at the age of 25, she experienced the first of a series of visions that continued throughout her life, and which changed the course of her life. Her priorities shifted away from secular knowledge and toward the study of Scripture and theology. Gertrude devoted herself strongly to personal prayer and meditation, and began writing spiritual treatises for the benefit of her monastic sisters.   Gertrude became one of the great mystics of the 13th century. Together with her friend and teacher St. Mechtild, she practiced a spirituality called "nuptial mysticism," that is, she came to see herself as the bride of Christ.

Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great

Hail, White Lily, of the ever-peaceful and glorious Trinity!

Hail, Vermilion Rose, the delight of Heaven, of whom the King of Heaven was born and by whose milk He was nourished! Do thou feed our souls with the effusions of thy Divine influences.

Attrib. to Isidoro Arredondo (c1657-1712),
The Vision of St. Gertrude the Great (St Gertrude of Helfta) 
with St Augustine and the Holy Trinity (c1673-1712)
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham
St. Gertrude kneels at the bottom on the right in a nun's habit with a chain around her neck composed of the letters GERTR and a hear-shaped locket with a representation of the Infant Christ. 

The Museum speculates on the identity of the male on the left: 

"The male saint with the flaming heart may be Saint Augustine, who also wrote on the subject of visionary contemplation."
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NLM: A Beautiful Church Rebuilding in Madison, Wisconsin

From Matthew Alderman come these very nice photos of the Catholic Student Center at the Univ. of Madison, Wisconsin. Matthew himself designed the exterior at the aesthetic level (i.e. surface, not structure), the chapel architecture, the altarpiece surround, altar, and ambo; the interior decoration and color scheme were developed from his initial concept. Some specific elements of the final design, like the stencil work in the apse are also his; the renderings given below, which we reproduce with his permission via his studio’s Facebook page, give a good sense of his contributions. (The Architect of Record is RDG Planning and Design, and the church interior decoration is by EverGreene Architectural Arts.)
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Don't let anyone ever tell you it can't be done.


Pentin Interview: Cardinal Burke Addresses the ‘Dubia’ One Year After Their Publication

In wishing to honor two recently deceased cardinals, the American cardinal makes a final plea to the Holy Father for clarity, saying the “grave” situation is “continually worsening” and that it is “urgent” the Pope “confirm his brothers in the faith.”

One year to the day since the dubia were made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke has made a final plea to the Holy Father to clarify key aspects of his moral teaching, saying the gravity of the situation is “continually worsening.”

In a Nov. 14 interview with the Register, Cardinal Burke said he was turning again “to the Holy Father and to the whole Church” to emphasize “how urgent it is that, in exercising the ministry he has received from the Lord, the Pope should confirm his brothers in the faith with a clear expression of the teaching regarding both Christian morality and the meaning of the Church’s sacramental practice.”
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I thought about this, were Francis to reject the teachings of JPII explicitly, I really don't know what I would do.  Just keep working and praying I guess.

First Traditional Latin Mass at great Chicago North Side church in almost 60 years

via FatherZ
I had a note from a reader that St. Stanislaus Kostka, nearly taken out by the building the Kennedy Expressway, will have its first TLM in many decades.

Everyone one in Chicagoland should go and support this Mass. It is very important.

Here is a link to our Facebook event page for this Holy Mass:

App Naumann elected chairman of USCCB pro-life committee 96-82 over Cdl Cupich

Background: Wall Street Journal: Pro-Life Vote Viewed as Gauge of U.S. Bishops’ Support for Pope

Former Onalaska Catholic church secretary gets four years in prison for theft of more than $800,000

MADISON — A former Onalaska church secretary who stole more than $800,000 from collection plates during a nine-year period was sentenced Thursday in federal court to four years in prison and ordered to repay St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Barbara L. Snyder, 60, did not offer remorse or an explanation in court for the offense, which Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen, who is also a member of the church’s finance council, said was “probably the biggest tragedy.”

She never said she was sorry,” Chilsen said after the sentencing.

St. Patrick’s Pastor Steven Kachel told District Judge James Peterson that Snyder’s embezzlement took hard-earned contributions from the parish’s 1,800 families that were intended to help the needy and fund the parish’s school.

“You betrayed them with your selfishness and greed. Their sacrifices were used for your worldly pleasures. You stole from God, the building of his kingdom,” Kachel said.
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Just awful.  This is a very active parish.

A Sneak Peak Inside UW St. Paul's in Madison

T H Stemper


Cdl. Cupich in the running to head USCCB Committee for Pro-Life Activities

"Saint" Cdl. Bernardin
The committee is customarily overseen by a cardinal, and one of the candidates for the position is Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. Cupich is one of few American cardinals who has not headed the committee. Running against him is Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, who is already a pro-life committee member.

In many ways, the election is a referendum on the bishops’ approach to “pro-life activities,” and Bernardin figures significantly into that question.

In theological circles, Cardinal Bernardin is most well-known for his “Consistent Ethic of Life” viewpoint, known colloquially as the “seamless garment" approach. In a famous lecture at Fordham University in 1983, Bernardin explained the concept, advocating “that the pro-life position of the Church must be developed in terms of a comprehensive and consistent ethic of life.”
story at CNA

Considering what Pope Francis has done to remove followers of JPII's Gospel of Life from the Pontifical Academy for Life, it would seem certain that Cds Wuerl and O'Malley are campaigning now to make the USCCB consistent with the wishes of this pontificate.  Unless there's a concerted effort by some bishops, I find it unlikely Cupich would not be appointed.  Everyone fears the Roman terror campaign.

Fun fact, and I'm not certain this is still true but up until some short years ago the USCCB refused to fund a pro-life office.  The only way it could be agreed upon is after the Knights of Columbus volunteered to fund the office themselves.  I'm pretty sure it's still true, but I don't have a way to verify it anymore.

By the way, did you see this?
Critics of Pope Francis establish new academy for human life and family
Several former members of the Vatican’s official Pontifical Academy of Life have formed a new independent academy, nearly a year after Pope Francis issued new statutes for the institution founded by Pope St. John Paul II in 1994.

Austrian Josef Seifert, a professor of philosophy, announced the new “John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family” on Oct. 28 at a Rome conference on Humanae Vitae, the 1968 encyclical by Blessed Pope Paul VI which reaffirmed the Church’s prohibition against artificial contraception.

Francis issued new statutes for the pontifical academy in November 2016 to widen the scope of its activity and research on life issues, while at the same time terminating the academy’s membership.

Twin Cities Archdiocese releases names of 19 men suspected of sexually abusing minors

14 of the men have died; none who survives serves in any pastoral role.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Friday afternoon released the names of 19 deceased or former priests or members of religious orders against whom it now acknowledges “substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors.”

Many of the names have long been in the public domain, released by their religious orders on their own lists of members credibly accused of abuse, named in victims’ lawsuits or on websites compiled by abuse survivors. But it appears to be the first time the archdiocese has released their names in relation to its own jurisdiction.
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Minnesota priest, 96, gave sharp, unemotional answers on Guam child abuses

Former Guam priest Louis Brouillard did not show much emotion and remained fairly sharp mentally when he provided, over a four-day period, information about the "tragic circumstances that allowed him to have access to Guam's children for many years," according to one of the attorneys involved in more than 140 lawsuits accusing Brouillard of child sex abuse.

Brouillard's Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 deposition in Pine City, Minnesota, where he lives, brought together attorneys for most plaintiffs and defendants from different parts of the nation.


The Diocese of Duluth had confirmed that Brouillard was sent from Guam to Minnesota for "help with his personal problems" in 1981 and later barred from serving as a priest after questions arose about a young house guest from the island.

Three recent lawsuits accused Brouillard of separately bringing Guam boys to Minnesota in the '80s and continuing to sexually abuse them there.
continue at USA Today

St. Josaphat Basilica Christmas concert schedule

details at St Josephat Basilica

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