ELM GROVE — Holding down two part-time jobs with two energetic groups of teens and young adults keeps Ellen Koranda moving. Good thing she’s a runner. Koranda serves as associate director of youth ministry for St. Joseph Parish in Wauwatosa and St. Mary Visitation Parish in Elm Grove. She’s also an assistant track and cross […]
DELAVAN — It was a Monday evening, and a small group of people gathered in the basement of the rectory at St. Andrew Church waiting for Bible study to begin, chatting about their weekend and exchanging comments about the last meeting. Communicating in American Sign Language, Deacon David Sommers leads the Bible study class at […]
His row of missing upper teeth is a constant reminder of his years of drug use. His body covered in tattoos, a reminder of his years in a California prison. Yet, every morning when he wakes up, Frank sees another reminder of a constant in his life.
There, on his bedside table is a book of daily Scripture reflections, given to him by a minister as he left prison, reminding him that through his years of alcoholism, drug abuse, drug dealing and living in a cardboard box, God’s hand has been on his head.
WHITEFISH BAY — When Dr. Eric Nelson, an anesthesiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital, was in residence at Rush Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago from 1992 to 1995, he was often concerned that he might be called to assist with questionable surgical procedures dealing with the sanctity of human life.
He and other health care workers frequently consulted with priests in the area about the subject of abortion, but they were told that as long as they were not directly performing the abortion, they should not to be worried about their participation in it.
“It just didn’t sit right with me,” Nelson said. “It felt like a lot of misinformation, and it seemed as if everyone was afraid to take a stand and that it was easy to find a priest who would tell you what you wanted to hear.”
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan greets Annie Fredrickson following Mass Sunday, March 22 at the Basilica of Holy Hill, the first of two farewell Masses in the archdiocese before he leaves to become Archbishop of New York. HUBERTUS — “Think pink” was the message Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan left with the nearly 1,400 people who […]
After 56 years as a church organist, cantor and choir director in the Milwaukee Archdiocese, Ellen “Nan” Welsh has played the organ at St. Patrick Parish, Elkhorn, for the last time. For months, pain and numbness in her hands left playing the piano and organ difficult, so, a few months ago, Welsh, 82, had surgery […]
MILWAUKEE — Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan as archbishop of New York has resulted in frequent use of “bittersweet” to describe how Catholics in southeastern Wisconsin feel about their archbishop’s new job. In speaking with your Catholic Herald, various civic and business leaders who are members of the Catholic community confirmed […]
ST. FRANCIS — While many local Catholics have mixed feelings as Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan prepares to leave Milwaukee to become archbishop of New York, perhaps none are as conflicted as the Milwaukee Dolan family. Shortly after being named Archbishop of Milwaukee, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan appeared on his brother, Bob Dolan’s morning radio show […]
ST. FRANCIS — When he’s in the car, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan pulls out his little black book and makes phone calls. If he has just 30 seconds, he doesn’t use it to stare out the window and catch his breath in between meetings, Masses and events. Instead, the archbishop calls religious men and women and people in the community to see how they’re doing, ask how surgery went, or offer condolences.
Fr. Jerry Herda, who spent five years driving Archbishop Dolan around as his priest secretary, said this was normal anytime they were in the car.