In these unseasonably cold weeks of fall, Milwaukee families who are warm and snug in their homes likely are grateful for their good fortune. The more than 400 families in Habitat For Humanity homes here also have Jim Lambe to thank for his help in building their secure, energy-efficient residences. Lambe came to Milwaukee in […]
She’s a gentle, slightly shy woman, a transplant from Chicago to Kenosha nearly four years ago; she and her husband Luis wanted a safe, friendly place to raise their kids. In a soft voice, she explained, she does very little compared to others in her parish, St. Anne in Pleasant Prairie. (Submitted photo courtesy Frances […]
While she might look puzzled if asked whether she would care for a helping of boxty, a slice of black and white pudding or a pint, Sharon Sweeti Ingles is the Irish person of the year, at least according to St. Patrick Parish in Racine. With not even a wee bit of Irish in her […]
The Christmas before Ann Valentine met her husband-to-be, she remembers hanging an Elvis Presley ornament on the family Christmas tree and commenting to her mother, “We need more Elvis around here.”
Jokingly, she looks back to that comment as a “Be-careful-what-you-wish-for” moment.
Her life today is pretty much all Elvis, all the time, as her husband, Peter Valentine, moonlights as an Elvis impersonator, and, on occasion,
she’s accompanied him as Priscilla.
While the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll helped draw the West Allis couple together, the Valentines, who will celebrate their third wedding anniversary next month, also share a deep faith bond that grew stronger when Peter went through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program four years ago and joined the Catholic Church.
(Submitted photo courtesy of John Smallshaw) He grew up in the Milwaukee area surrounded by them, but it would take a date decades later to open John Smallshaw’s eyes to the glimpse of heaven that most locals take for granted. Smallshaw, now of Libertyville, Ill., was surprised when his father suggested he take Anna, his […]
(Catholic Herald photo by Tracy Rusch) Just a few years ago, Mary Thimm, religious education director of St. John, Rubicon, fell backward off a stepladder while working outside. While this could have left her badly injured, she had a job to do. “I made a pact with God, more or less—you shouldn’t do this—but I […]
(Catholic Herald photo by Ernie Mastroianni) Sylvester Sims is a gifted artist, a prolific painter whose works are as likely to be found in corporate headquarters across the country as in neighboring homes. However, he may shrug at the idea that he might be a community icon, an inspiration to generations past and present, for […]
Audrey Faust raises things. Children, animals, plants, money – she’s done it all. The demands of eight children and a husband would be enough to fill almost anyone’s time, but Faust began teaching fifth grade religious education classes when her children were in grade school. That was only the start of what’s turned out to […]