CFL Fall 2017 Magazine

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Fall has arrived! If you’re like me, you find the chill in the air and the vibrant colors of nature invigorating and inspiring. The relaxing days of summer have left us refreshed and renewed, ready to resume our studies, root for our favorite sports teams, and ramp up our volunteer activities.

At Catholic Financial Life, we believe in the words of St. Francis of Assisi who said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use words.” There are many ways for you to get involved and take advantage of all your membership has to offer. Here are just a few:

Volunteers are at the heart of Catholic Financial Life, where caring for our neighbors in need and giving back to local communities has been central to our mission for nearly 150 years.

• Participate in a chapter event – Nearly 2,500 chapter events were held in 2016.

In my last message, I asked you to let us know what charitable cause you would like Catholic Financial Life to support. The results of that survey reinforced our shared values, and affirmed that the Society supports what you find most important. Your top three causes were education, youth, and poverty. Here are just a few ways Catholic Financial Life supported those causes last year: • Education – Awarding more than $288,000 in scholarships to students in elementary school through college across the country, and donating more than $500,000 to schools. • Youth – Providing financial reimbursement of more than $40,000 to those attending a Catholic summer camp or retreat, organizing a variety of member events, and sponsoring a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. • Poverty – Continuing our ten-year national partnership with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, in serving the needs of the poor, with financial support of more than $1.2 million to date.


• Volunteer – Last year, Catholic Financial Life members volunteered in excess of 85,500 hours with an economic impact of more than $2 million.

• Utilize your member benefits – $500,000 worth of benefits were distributed last year. • Donate - Consider giving to the Catholic Financial Life Foundation, which provides funding for much of our educational support. As you review your volunteer options this fall and upcoming holiday season, I encourage you to consider becoming more active in our network of local chapters, or learn about other ways to engage more with Catholic Financial Life. For more information, please call Joe Gadbois (414) 278-6601 or Sally Krochalk (414) 278-6604 in our Member Engagement department. Before long, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and entering into the season of Advent. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your membership with Catholic Financial Life, and pray for the Lord’s blessings on you and your family. Fraternally,

William R. O’Toole President & CEO PS: If I can be of any service, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or 800-927-2547.

CONTENTS FALL ‘17 2 President’s Message 4 Mensaje del Presidente 5 A Message From Our Spiritual Director

6 Five Fun Ways to Celebrate Christmas!

7 Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Executive Officers: William R. O’Toole, Pleasant Prairie, Wis. President & CEO Jeff Tilley, Franklin, Wis. Secretary & CFO

About the Cover: Hundreds of attendees enjoyed picking pumpkins, hayrides and more at Basse’s Taste of Country in Colgate, Wis.

Elected Directors:

10 12 14 16

Life’s Moments Summertime Fun Recap Member Moments Christmas Fun for Everyone

22 Spot the Difference

Dennis Kabat, New Holstein, Wis. John Kenawell, St. Louis, Mo. Allan Lorge, Cedarburg, Wis. Jay Mack, Hartland, Wis. Lisa Mick, Fond du Lac, Wis. Patrick J. Murphy, Milwaukee, Wis. Susan Obermiller, Green Bay, Wis. Paul B. Pinsonnault, North Attleboro, Mass. David Singer, Kenosha, Wis. Mike Stivoric, Pewaukee, Wis. Marion Strauss, Cedarburg, Wis.

Appointed Director: Sandra Dempsey, Milwaukee, Wis.

Spiritual Director:

8 Society News

Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, Milwaukee, Wis. Catholic Financial Life’s Magazine is the official publication of Catholic Financial Life, 1100 West Wells Street, P.O. Box 3211, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3211. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Catholic Financial Life Magazine, Catholic Financial Life, 1100 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.



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Correction: Spring issue In the Growing our Fraternal Family article on page 7, the merger effective date was listed incorrectly; the correct effective date was June 27, 2017.

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MENSAJE DEL PRESIDENTE ¡Ha llegado el otoño! Si Uds. son como yo, les parecerá estimulante e inspirador el frío en el aire y los colores vivos de la naturaleza. Los días relajantes del verano nos han dejado refrescados, renovados y listos para retomar nuestros estudios, apoyar a nuestros equipos deportivos favoritos y reforzar nuestras actividades de trabajo voluntario.

Los voluntarios son el corazón de Catholic Financial Life porque nuestra misión de casi 150 años es cuidar al prójimo necesitado y devolverles a las comunidades locales. En mi último mensaje, les pedí que nos dijeran qué causa caritativa querían que Catholic Financial Life apoyara. Los resultados de esa encuesta reforzaron nuestros valores compartidos y afirman que la Sociedad apoya lo que Uds. considera más importante. Sus tres causas más importantes fueron la educación, los jóvenes y la pobreza. He aquí algunas de las maneras que Catholic Financial Life apoyó estas causas el año pasado: • La educación – Otorgándoles más de $288,000 en becas a los estudiantes de la escuela primaria hasta nivel universitario en todo el país, y donando más de $500,000 a las escuelas. • Los jóvenes – Dando reembolsos financieros con un valor de más de $40,000 a los que asisten a campamentos de verano católicos, retiros, a los que organizan actividades para los miembros y patrocinando un viaje misionero a la República Dominicana. • La pobreza – Continuamos nuestra colaboración de 10 años con la Sociedad de San Vicente de Paúl para servir las necesidades de los pobres con el apoyo financiero de más de $1.2 millones hasta la fecha. 4 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE FALL 2017

En Catholic Financial Life, creemos en las palabras de St. Francisco de Asis quien ha dicho: “Predica el Evangelio en todo momento, y cuando sea necesario, utiliza las palabras”. Hay muchas maneras en que Uds. pueden participar y aprovechar de todo lo que su membrecía les ofrece. He aquí algunas maneras: • Trabajo voluntario – El año pasado, los miembros de Catholic Financial Life hicieron más de 85,000 horas de trabajo voluntario que tienen un valor de $2 millones. • Participar en una actividad de capítulo – Casi 2,500 actividades de capítulo ocurrieron en el 2016. • Usar sus beneficios de membrecía – Un valor de $500,000 de beneficios se repartieron el año pasado. • Donar – Considere la posibilidad de hacer una donación a la Fundación de Catholic Financial Life. Este fondo proporciona dinero a la mayoría de nuestro apoyo educacional. Mientras repasan sus opciones de trabajo voluntario este otoño y durante la temporada navideña, les animo a que piensen en volverse más activos en nuestros capítulos locales o que se informen de otras maneras de participar más de cerca con Catholic Financial Life. Para más información, por favor llamen a Joe Gadbois (414) 278-6601 o Sally Krochalk (414) 278-6604 en nuestro Departamento de Participación de Miembros. Pronto estaremos celebrando el Día de Acción de Gracias y entrando en la temporada de Adviento. Me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para darles las gracias por ser miembros de Catholic Financial Life y rezar por las bendiciones del Señor para Uds. y sus familias. Fraternalmente,

William R. O’Toole Presidente y Director Ejecutivo

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ “...a man scatters seed on the ground. Whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.” – Mark 4: 26-27 As many members of Catholic Financial Life can attest, farming is hard work. Throughout the growing season new challenges arise daily. Yet when the harvest approaches, there is a sense of a job well done. In the end, farmers realize that the fruits of their stewardship and their labor will help feed communities far and wide, all while providing much needed support to their own families. Farming, like our spiritual lives, requires hard work and diligence. It also requires deep-seeded faith in the heavenly power that guides our lives. It demands that we go beyond ourselves and call upon our Lord to guide us through difficult times that are out of our control. Our lives are like fields growing through the summer, striving to reach the fall and a time of abundance. Though we nurture the soil, water it, and do all we can to bear fruit, we cannot make it happen without the conditions being just right. It’s still a miraculous occurrence. In our spiritual lives, prayer and contemplation are the water and nutrients our souls require. Unfortunately, even in the best of conditions, uncertainty, doubt, and silence are like weeds that can affect our fullest harvest. However, with prayer, what happens next is in God’s hands and beyond our control. That fact is both challenging and liberating… it requires faith and faith is a gift! The dignity of hard work and placing your trust in God’s hands can be found in the patron of farmers, Saint Isidore of Spain. His philosophy of life was that if you place your spiritual life in order, your earthly commitments will fall into place. Trust in God, cultivate a fertile spiritual life, and no matter what happens outwardly, you will persevere through the drought, floods, heat, and cold of the most fickle and difficult of growing seasons. In the end, like the harvest time, your lives will bear abundance beyond measure. Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki Archbishop of Milwaukee Catholic Financial Life’s Spiritual Director

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Mensaje del Arzobispo

“Con el reino de Dios sucede lo mismo que con la semilla que un hombre siembra en la tierra: tanto si duerme como si está despierto, así de noche como de día, la semilla germina y crece, aunque él no sepa cómo.” – Marcos 4: 26-27 Como muchos de los miembros de Catholic Financial Life lo pueden comprobar, la agricultura es trabajo duro. A lo largo de la temporada de crecimiento, nuevos desafíos surgen diariamente. Sin embargo, cuando la cosecha se acerca hay una sensación de que se ha hecho un buen trabajo. Al fin y al cabo, los granjeros se dan cuenta de que los frutos de su trabajo y administración le darán de comer a las comunidades lejanas y cercanas mientras ellos mismos sostienen a sus propias familias. La agricultura, como nuestras vidas espirituales, requiere trabajo duro y diligencia. También requiere una fe profunda en el poder celestial que guía nuestras vidas. Exige que nos esmeremos y que le pidamos al Señor que nos guíe a través de épocas difíciles que están fuera de nuestro control. Nuestras vidas son como los campos que crecen en el verano que logran llegar al otoño, tiempo de la abundancia. Aunque cuidemos de la tierra, la reguemos y hagamos lo que se puede para cultivar frutos, no podemos hacer que ocurra todo sin que las condiciones sean justo las adecuadas. Sigue siendo un acontecimiento maravilloso. En nuestras vidas espirituales, la oración y contemplación son el agua y los nutrientes que nuestras almas requieren. Desafortunadamente, aunque en las mejores condiciones, la incertidumbre, duda y silencio son como la maleza que pueden afectar nuestra cosecha más entera. Sin embargo, con la oración, lo que ocurra después está en las manos de Dios y fuera de nuestro control. Ese hecho es igualmente desafiante y liberador… ¡Exige la fe y la fe es un regalo! La dignidad del trabajo duro y entregarle la confianza a las manos de Dios se puede observar en la vida del santo patrón de los granjeros, San Isidro de España. Su filosofía de la vida es que si se ordena la vida espiritual, los compromisos terrenales se arreglarán. Confíen en Dios, cultiven una vida espiritual fértil, que no importa lo que ocurra visiblemente, Uds. persistirán durante sequías, inundaciones, calor y el frío de las temporadas de cultivos más variables y difíciles. Al fin, como sucede durante la cosecha, sus vidas estarán llenas de abundancia sin límite. FALL 2017 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE 5

5 FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS! mily activities! Get into the spirit with these fun fam Create memorable traditions your family will nevver forg get. 1. Countdown to Christmas – 25 days of Service

In addition to the traditional Advent Calendar, try a service calendar. Each day leading up to Christmas, do an act of service or of kindness. Some examples include volunteering at a homeless shelter, donating canned goods to families in need, or helping out at your local church.

2. Attend a Christmas Concert/Play

Many churches and schools put on free concerts or plays portraying the story of Christmas. Check your local papers or ask friends and family for recommendations.

3. Donate Toys to Children in Need

The Christmas season is a time to give. Buy one less gift for your own family and buy for a child in need. Various organizations offer charity drives during this time of year where you can make your donations. If you have children, have them help you pick out the gift.

4. Bake Cookies

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5. Decorate the Tree

A tradition for many families is to decorate the Christmas tree. String the lights and wrap the garland – it’s a perfect way to bond with the entire family. Turn off your phone and turn on your favorite Christmas music. If you’re feeling creative, make your own hand-made ornaments.

Handprint Snowman Ornament Materials: • White acrylic craft paint • Paint brush • Round ornaments • Egg carton for drying • Permanent markers 1. Select an ornament. 2. Paint the palm of one of your hands completely white. Place the bottom of the ornament in the palm of your painted hand. 3. Slowly place each finger on the ornament. Hold it for a few seconds and then slowly open your hand back up. Carefully grab the ornament without touching the paint and place it topside down in the egg carton to dry. 4.Once the paint is dry, add in your snowman details with permanent markers.




¡Celebre la semana de las escuelas católicas con Catholic Financial Life! Catholic Schools Week is just around the corner! On January 28 – February 3, 2018, schools around the country will celebrate with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, their families, and community members. Catholic Financial Life will also celebrate by holding another Give Back Video Contest!

school form students to become disciples who live out this challenge from Jesus? Create your best two minute video showcasing how your Catholic school does this and your school will be entered to win cash prizes! Winners will be announced during Catholic Schools Week.

¡Catholic Financial Life celebrará la semana con otro concurso de videos sobre cómo devolverle a la comunidad!

Esta enseñanza de Jesús es fundamental para la enseñanaza social católica y para la misión de las escuelas católicas. ¿Cómo su escuela forma a los estudiantes para convertirse en discípulos que viven este desafío de Jesús?

In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells the Apostles, “I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Crea tu major video de dos minutos mostrando cómo tu escuela católica hace esto y tu escuela será ingresada para ganar premios en efectivo! Los ganadores serán anunciados durante la Semana de las Escuelas Católicas.

En el Evangelio de “John”, Jesús les dice a los Apóstoles: “Les doy un mandamiento nuevo: Amar los unos a los ostros. Como yo los he amado, hací también se deben amarse, unos a los otros. De esta manera sabrán todos que son mis discípulos, si nos amamos unos a los otros.” (John 13: 34-35)

Follow us on Facebook and click the contest tab on the left hand side for additional communications about the contest and how you can help your favorite Catholic school earn extra cash.

This teaching of Jesus is foundational to Catholic social teaching and the mission of Catholic schools. How does your

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Official Announcement of the 2018 Triennial Convention Catholic Financial Life will hold its Triennial Convention, September 21-23, 2018. Delegates from chapters across the Society will gather at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wis. These delegates form the supreme governing body of Catholic Financial Life as a fraternal benefit Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wis. society. During the convention, delegates will consider committee rrecommendations, conduct Society business, and elect the Board of Directors. b

Website Updates Beginning November 6, Catholic Financial Life will require all members to change their passwords used to log in to Account Access. This update will help to maintain the highest security of our systems and the safety of member data. If you change your password before November 6, you will still be required to change it after that date. ATTENTION Internet Explorer Users: Visitors attempting to visit our website using versions of Internet Explorer 11 and older will be unable to access the site. To view our website, please update your browser or open it in Chrome or Firefox. For more information about this change or to learn how to update your browser, visit:


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Introducing our newest Appointed Director to the Board of Directors, Sandra Dempsey. Sandra has been a member of Catholic Financial Life since 2013 and serves on our membership committee. With more than 20 years of experience in the business world, Sandra is currently a Hispanic Marketing Consultant for Weigel Broadcasting. She enjoys volunteering for different organizations including the American Heart Association, CORE El Centro, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Journey House, and the Notre Dame School of Milwaukee. She also serves on the Board for La Casa de Esperanza. Sandra has a Law Degree from Autonomous University in Mexico and also holds a Municipal Administration Diploma from the Public Administration Institute in Mexico.

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SUMMERTIME FUN RECAP! Thousands of Catholic Financial Life members enjoyed a variety of family-friendly events this summer! Here is a recap of those events.

Wisconsin State Fair

Nothing says summer in Wisconsin quite like the State Fair. This year, the event attracted 3,000 members to the West Allis fairgrounds! Many members stopped by the Catholic Financial Life hospitality tent on August 9 to receive a free cream puff, soft drink, and a chance to win an iPad! A special thanks to the many volunteers who helped make this a memorable summer!


47th Catholic Financial Life Camp Out

Catholic Financial Life members engaged in some old-fashioned family fun during “Pioneer Days” at the 47th Camp Out held July 21-23 at Fireman’s Park in Columbus, Wis.! Families enjoyed kids’ games, bingo, arts and crafts, bocce ball, “Ma and Pa’s Time Travel Show,” an aquatic center, and bean bag toss!

Milwaukee Brewers Game

Miller Park played host to 450 members on May 27 when the “Brew Crew” began their early summer wins with a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks!

Timber Rattlers Game

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, battled the Burlington Bees on Saturday, July 8, much to the delight of some 350 members and their families. Prior to the first pitch, a complimentary cookout was enjoyed by members as was a spectacular fireworks show following the game.

Be on the lookout for additional communications about upcoming events.

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Member moments is an initiative to showcase our members’ exceptional community involvement. Have you or another Catholic Financial Life member gone above and beyond the call of duty to support your community? If so, share your story! Please submit your Member Moments on our website: membermoments

include St. Mary’s in Black Creek, St. Denis in Shiocton, St. Patrick in Stephensville, St. Peter and Paul in Hortonville, and St. Edwards in Mackville. A raffle is also held at each event and the money raised is used to help feed the hungry during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

MAYNARD KETTNER Wisconsin - Chapter 188

Have you ever been to a brat fry? If you haven’t, consider attending one held by the brat fry king! Maynard Kettner, a member since 1944, has been running successful brat frys for the last 18 years. The only year he skipped hosting one was when he had open heart surgery but held two the following year. It was his way of thanking God and his great doctors for a speedy recovery.

A Big Thank You to the Volunteers Maynard credits the success of the brat frys to the many volunteers who have helped over the years. “I’ve been blessed with volunteers that help make the brat frys a success,” shared Maynard. He welcomes anyone to come out and help.

The Famous Brat Fry

Some volunteers include members of area youth groups. He works with children to help make good life choices. “The kids learn a lot from working the stand including business and customer service skills,” says Maynard.

A majority of Maynard’s brat frys have been held at the Colwitz Gas Station in Shiocton, Wis. Jack Colwitz, the owner of the gas station, donates the grill, soda, water and ice for each event. They offer a variety of condiments including sauerkraut, sautéed onions, relish, and of course the basics of ketchup and mustard.

“I’d like to thank Catholic Financial Life for their support over the years. I’d also like to thank Ron and Sally Korth for acting as a back-up when I’m unable to make a brat fry,” said Maynard. Both Ron and Sally will be taking over the brat frys when Maynard eventually steps down as brat fry king.

All of the proceeds are donated to a local area youth group or charity. Some of the local Wisconsin parishes he’s helped

A big thank you to Maynard for his many years of service as the brat fry king!

From helping at church dinners as a boy, to the many brat frys he puts on today, volunteering has been a huge part of Maynard’s life. As a way to give back to local organizations, Maynard hosts a few brat frys each year. Throughout the years, he has sold over 20,000 brats and raised over $60,000! “I pride myself in customer service and enjoy working for the dear Lord,” said Maynard.


THE SEMERAD BROTHERS WI-54 NW Suburban/Menomonee Falls

The Semerad brothers were born and raised in Elma, Iowa. Out of the 10 kids in the family, all seven brothers served their country and all seven came home! • • • • • • •

Robert – USS Astoria Mighty Ninety Navy Ship Richard – Air Force, Okinawa Alfred – Army, Korea (deceased) Arthur – Army, Korea (deceased) Leonard – Army, Germany (member since 1962) Dennis – Army, Vietnam Paul – Army, Turkey

To Honor the Brothers In early 2015, Terri Valenta, daughter to Leonard and a Catholic Financial Life member, thought it would be an amazing experience for her father (55-year member) and uncles to be a part of a Freedom Honor Flight. This LaCrosse, Wis. based organization was created for the purpose of flying our military veterans to Washington D.C. to visit memorials that stand in their honor. Terri submitted applications for all the brothers in the fall of 2015 and a year later they received word that they would be on the May 2017 flight. Typically, the organization gives priority to WWII veterans and veterans with a terminal illness, but in this case, exception. case they made an exception

the Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam War, Air Force, and Marine Corps Memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery. It was a very memorable day for everyone involved.

A Heart-Felt Surprise When stepping onto the plane on their way home, they found a special surprise waiting for them. A pack of letters and cards written by family, friends, parishioners, other Catholic Financial Life members, and neighbors thanking them for their service, was placed on their seats. As the Semerad brothers exited the plane, they were surprised with a homecoming celebration of fireworks, the Onalaska marching band, representatives from all branches of active duty, and family and friends! A month later, the Freedom Honor Flight held a reunion party for all the veterans, guardians and their families. Each attendee received a commemorative photo album along with a CD including photos from the trip. This was truly a day they will never forget. Thank you to the Semerad brothers for your many years of service for our country!

The Freedom Honor Flight The Semerad brothers, along with more than 100 other veterans, took off on May 6, 2017 for Washington D.C. Upon arriving at Reagan National Airport, they were greeted by people who lined both sides of the terminal as they boarded the tour bus for the WWII Memorial. A ceremony was held in their honor at the Memorial. Throughout the day, they visited

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(Left to right: Paul, Dennis, Leonard, Richard, Robert)


CHRISTMAS FUN FOR EVERYONE Holiday Art Contest Concurso de arte navideño

ganadores serán mencionados en la siguiente edición de la revista Radiant Life.

Catholic Financial Life is holding its second holiday art contest! Draw, paint, color or design a picture of your favorite Christmas memory e.g., decorating the tree, making cookies, Christmas dinner, singing carols, etc.

Please mail all original artwork to: 1100 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233; Attention Marketing. Please don’t bend or fold art. If digitally designed, email your work to All entries must be submitted by December 8. On a separate sheet of paper, include your name and age (if under age 18). Don’t forget to include the best phone number and email to contact you in the event you are chosen as one of the winners! All winners will be notified in early December. Good luck!

¡Catholic Financial Life tendrá su segundo concurso de arte navideño! Dibuje, pinte, coloree o diseñe una imagen de su memoria navideña favorita. Estos son algunos ejemplos: decorar el árbol de navidad, hacer galletas, la cena navideña, cantar villancicos, etc. This contest is open to members of all ages. First and second place winners will be selected and win a $50 gift card to Barnes and Nobles. The grand prize winner will win a $150 Amazon gift card! All three winners will be featured in the next edition of Radiant Life. Pueden participar miembros de todas las edades en el concurso. Los ganadores del primero y segundo lugar recibirán una tarjeta de regalo de $50 de Barnes and Noble. ¡El ganador del concurso recibirá una tarjeta de regalo de $150 de Amazon! Los tres 16 CATHOLIC FINANCIAL LIFE FALL 2017

Por favor envíe por correo todos los proyectos de arte que sean originales a: 1100 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233; a la atención de Marketing Department. Por favor no los doble. Si es un proyecto digitalmente diseñado, por favor envíeselo a Todos los proyectos son para el 8 de diciembre. En una hoja separada, incluya su nombre y edad (si es menor de 18 años). No se olvide incluir su número de teléfono y correo electrónico para ponernos en contacto si Ud. es seleccionado como ganador. A todos los ganadores se les avisará durante los primeros días de diciembre. ¡Mucha suerte!

NEW Recipe Corner A new section has been added to Radiant Life – the recipe corner! Submit your favorite recipe to be featured in the upcoming spring edition of our magazine. Send a recipe that fits the season, upcoming holidays, or is simply delicious! We will select the winner through a random drawing. To submit it

your tasty recipe, please mail it to: 1100 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233; Attention Marketing or email it to Here are a few recipes to enjoy this holiday season! on!

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THROUGH SERVING OTHERS “For it is in giving that we receive.” – Saint Francis of Assisi Want your chapter to be featured in a future magazine? Submit your best photos and detailed captions to To learn more about how to get involved in your local chapter, contact the Member Engagement department at 1-800-927-2547.

Members of Chapter 32, Kewaunee, Wis., and Chapter WI-39 Tisch Mills, Wis., volunteered at a fish fry and meat raffle held for Holy Rosary Catholic School. The event raised $10,000 for the school, including $1,000 in Match Funds from the Home Office.


Dennis Kabat, (left) member of the Board of Directors, poses with members of Wisconsin Chapters WI-09, Chilton; 118, Charlesburg; 194, Charlestown; 223, St. Anna; and 266, New Holstein, receiving recognition gifts for 50 and 75 years of membership. A statue of the Immaculate Conception was presented to 75-year members Peter Woelfel and Robert Mueller. 50-year members received gold rosaries.

Chapter 306, Milwaukee SE, Wis., sponsored the Hope 4 Katie event, with support from other Milwaukee area chapters. Funds were raised to help with the ongoing expenses from Katie’s multi-organ transplant. Katie Wilkinson (center) attended the event along with her parents, Jim and Mary.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School benefited from $4,413 raised by members of Chapter 88, Madison, Wis., with an additional $500 coming from Home Office Match Funds. Chapter officers prepared and served a delicious fish fry to the school’s families and friends.

Archbishop Daniel Kucera receives his 25-year award. The Archbishop, who passed away just a few days later, expressed his appreciation for the gift and said a special prayer blessing all members of Catholic Financial Life.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of Chapter WI-19 Rock River, Wis., a commemorative plaque is presented to (left to right) President Bonnie Bull, Public Relations Coordinator Barb Schmitt, and Secretary/Treasurer Mary Neff.

Members of Chapter N413, LewistonAuburn, Maine, serve up some delicious goodies at the bean supper to benefit Holy Cross Parish. A total of $1,077 was donated thanks, in part, to the Match Fund Program.



Members of the Pine Creek 4-H joined forces with Chapter 194, Charlestown, Wis., to spend a full Saturday this past May to clean up Saint Martin Heritage Park during Join Hands Day.

The Dodge County Council of Saint Vincent de Paul received a check for $500 raised through the volunteer efforts of the members of Catholic Financial Life Chapter 48, Beaver Dam, Wis.


More than 100 people attended the 2017 Ernest Soczka Sr. Scholarship Golf Outing in Wausau. Awards are primarily given for community service work performed before attending college in the fall.

Ruth Haas (right), Secretary/Treasurer of Chapter 34, Cassville, Wis., serves a piece from one of her famous cakes, specially made for the Chapter Member Celebration event.

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Find the Radiant Cross

We have hidden black and white versions of the “Radiant Cross” icon – like the one you see on this page – somewhere in this publication. Members who correctly identify the location of at least one of the seven Radiant Cross icons hidden in this issue will be eligible for a drawing to receive $25. Please note: the Radiant Cross featured on this copy does not count.

Members of Chapters WI-18 Indian CreekTomah, and WI-21 Kendall, held a joint Member Celebration, which included a picnic with delicious food and games for all ages. Helping plan the event were Kendall Vice President Joni Graewin and President Matthew Graewin along with their three daughters.

Submit your entry by December 11. Visit our website and click on the Fall Magazine link or mail your entry to: Radiant Life, Catholic Financial Life, 1100 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53233; Attention: Marketing. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and the location of the Radiant Cross. The winner of our Spring issue Radiant Cross activity was Gerald Troendle.

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Answers: 1. CFL logo on plate, 2. Wedding ring, 3. String on hat, 4. Button on shirt, 5. Straw in cup 6. Brochures in pocket, 7. Watch on woman’s wrist in the background, 8. Palms on shirt 9. “O” on bottle, 10. Woman’s earring


Can you spot the 10 differences between these two photos?


See answers on page 21.

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