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VATICAN CITY (August 27, 2022, CNS) - In a ceremony to create 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis encouraged the College of Cardinals to have the same spiritual zeal for all people, whether they are in positions of power or ordinary Christians."Acardinal loves the church, always with that same spiritual fire, whether dealing with great questions or han dling everyday problems, with the powerful of this world

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Those who have this apostolic zeal are compelled "by the fire of the Spirit to be concerned, courageously, with things great and small," he said.

I have not only grown in my faith, but I have also gotten to know other amazing Catholics and have been able to foster these new relationships and watch others grow in their relationship with Christ. Even when I am struggling

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During the ceremony, each of the new cardinals, including Cardinal Robert W. McElroy of San Diego,

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or those ordinary people who are great in God's eyes," the pope said Aug. 20 during the consistory, a prayer service during which he personally welcomed 20 churchmen into the College of Cardinals.

�amp Summit is something I have been going to every summer since I was in sixth grade. It is by far my favorite camp to go to! Every spring I would sit down with my parents to plan out what camps we kids are going to do and what activi ties we would like to do in the coming summer.Camp Summit has been at the top of my list every year after my sixth grade summer. I am now going into my senior year of high school and looking back at all the great times I had, all the great memories I have made, and all the amazing people I have met, I truly have become a better Catholic and grown in my faith after attending Camp Summit.

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• Anthony Poola of Hyderabad, India, 60.

• Arthur Roche, 72, prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

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"Today too, Jesus wants to bring this fire to the earth. He wants to light it anew on the shores of our daily lives. Jesus calls us by name; he looks us in the eye and he asks: 'Can I count on you?'" the pope said.

• Giorgio Marengo, apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 48.

The pope also recalled the example of Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, a full-time Vatican diplomat for decades who served as Vatican secretary of state from 1979 to 1990.

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"That charcoal fire is quiet and gentle, yet it lasts longer and is used for cooking. There on the shore of the sea, it creates a familiar setting where the disciples, amazed and moved, savor their closeness to their Lord," he said.

California, professed their faith by reciting the Creed and formally swore fidelity and obedience to the pope and his successors.

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For those "who in the church have been chosen from among the people for a ministry of particular service, it is as if Jesus is handing us a lighted torch and telling us: 'Take this; as the Father has sent me, so I now send you,'" the pope

• Gianfranco Ghirlanda, professor of canon law, 80.


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• Archbishop Arrigo Miglio of Cagliari, Italy, 80.

• Jorge Jiménez Carvajal of Cartagena, Colombia, 80.

pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.

• Leonardo Ulrich Steiner of Manaus, Brazil, 71.

Concluding his homily, Pope Francis called on Christians to contemplate on "the secret of


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• Lazarus You Heung-sik, 70, prefect of the Dicastery for Clergy.

• Adalberto Martínez Flores of Asunción, Paraguay, 70.

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• Paulo Cezar Costa of Brasília, Brazil, 54.

In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on Jesus' words to his disciples, in which he declared, "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled."Focusing on the image of fire, Pope Francis said that the "flame of the spirit of God" represents his love "that purifies, regenerates and transfigures all things." It also evokes the charcoal fire made by the risen Christ for his disciples along the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

• Jean-Marc Aveline of Marseille, France, 63.

They then approached Pope Francis, one by one, to receive their biretta, their cardinal's ring and the assignment of a "titular" church in Rome, which makes them part of the Roman clergy.

• Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Wa, Ghana, 62.

• Robert W. McElroy of San Diego, 68.

• Oscar Cantoni of Como, Italy, 71.

of God's divine love is what also inspires countless missionaries who "have come to know the exhausting yet sweet joy of evangelizing, and whose lives themselves became a gospel, for they were before all else witnesses."Recalling the life of St. Charles de Foucauld, the pope praised those Christians, both con secrated and lay, who live in secular environ ments, yet still are true Christian witnesses who keep the flame of God's love alive through their lives and actions.


the fire of God, which descends from heaven, brightening the sky from one end to the other, and slowly cooking the food of poor families, migrant and homeless persons."

• Fortunato Frezza, canon of St. Peter’s Basilica, 80.

• Peter Ebere Okpaleke of Ekwulobia, Nigeria, 59.

• William Goh Seng Chye of Singapore, 64.

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• Filipe Neri António Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão of Goa, India, 69.

The Diocese of Winona-Rochester will provide a prompt, appropriate and compas sionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (employees, volunteers, vendors, religious or clergy). Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should call the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 507-454-2270, Extension 255. A caller will be asked to provide his or her name and telephone number. Individuals are also encouraged to take their reports directly to civil authorities. The Diocese of Winona-Rochester is com mitted to protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries. The diocesan policy is available on the diocesan web site at under the Safe Environment Program. If you have any questions about the Diocese of Winona-Rochester’s implemen tation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Mary Hamann at 507-858-1244, or

• Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, 77, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and president of the Governor's Office for Vatican City State.

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The Most Rev. Robert Barron, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, announces the following:

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Jesus' words, he continued, are also emblematic of the "fiery mission" entrusted to the newly created cardinals.

• Virgílio do Carmo da Silva of Dili, East Timor, 54.

Despite his responsibilities, the pope said the late cardinal would find time to visit young inmates at a juvenile prison in Rome.

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The consistory brought to 226 the total number of cardinals in the world; 132 cardi nals are under the age of 80 and eligible to vote in a Theconclave.20prelates who received their red hats from the pope were Cardinals:

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�t was fully my intention to have all of the WinonaRochester seminarians stand at one point during my installation Mass homily. I had told the people that, in the words of John Paul II, ecclesia de eucharistia (the Church comes from the Eucharist) and since the Eucharist comes from priests, it logically follows, I said, that if there are no priests, there will be no Church. So I wanted everyone to see and acknowledge the young men in our diocese who are actively discerning a call to this indispensably important way of life. During the ovation, something came to me as an inspiration. I hadn’t planned to say it. It wasn’t in my text. But I blurted out, as the applause was dying down,

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father the most powerful man on earth. That he was kneeling in supplication before someone more powerful shaped my religious imagination profoundly and, as you can tell, I’ve never forgotten the moment. Both of my parents loved and respected priests and made sure that we kids had steady contact with them. Trust me, their openness of spirit in regard to priests affected my vocation deeply.

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“let’s double their number in the next five years!” A confirmation that this was perhaps from the Holy Spirit is that people, at every stop I’ve made so far in the diocese, have, with enthusiasm, echoed those words back to me. In fact, the leader of one of the Serra groups has told me that she and her colleagues have decided to take up the challenge.

margin, those deemed most content were members of the clergy. Moreover, a variety of surveys have demonstrated that, despite the troubles of recent years, Catholic priests report very high levels of personal satisfaction with their lives. Given these data, one recommendation I would make to my brother priests is this: let people see it! Let them know how much joy you take in being a priest.But

priest, assume that the Holy Spirit has given you this insight so that you might share it with that young man. Believe me, the plainest words you speak could be seeds that will bear fruit thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.Finally, if you feel strongly about vocations, pray for them. In the Bible, nothing of moment is ever accomplished apart from prayer. God delights in our cooperation with his grace, but the work of salvation is, at the end of the day, his. So ask him! Might I suggest a particular intercessor in this regard? Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, said that she entered the convent “in order to save souls and especially to pray for priests.” She also said that she would spend her heaven doing good on the earth. Let us, therefore, petition her intercession as we ask the Lord to double the number of our seminarians in the coming years.

We have twenty seminarians, at both the college and major theology levels, which is pretty good for a diocese our size. And we have a wonderful coterie of priests, both active and “retired,” who are busily serving our nearly one hundred parishes. But those under retirement age number only around sixty, and all of our priests are stretched thin. Furthermore, there will be no priestly ordinations in Winona-Rochester for the next two years. So there is no question: we need moreNowpriests.bishops and priests do indeed have a key role to play in the encouragement of vocations. What draws a young man to the priesthood is, above all, the witness of happy, healthy priests. Some years ago, Time magazine conducted a survey to determine which professions were the happiest. By a rather large

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I believe that lay people have an even more important role to play in the cultivation of vocations. Within the Protestant context, sometimes the son of a great preacher follows in his father’s footsteps, so that one minister effectively begets another. But this, for obvious reasons, can’t happen in a Catholic setting. Instead, priests, without exception, come from lay people; they come from families. The decency, prayerfulness, kindness, and encouragement of parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles make an enormous difference in the fostering of a vocation to the priesthood. One of the most vivid memories of my childhood is of my father, kneeling in intense prayer after Communion one Sunday at St. Thomas More Parish in Troy, Michigan. I was only five or six at the time, and I considered my

And please remember that non-family members can light the flame of a vocation as well. Study after study has shown that one of the most important factors in convincing a young man to enter the seminary is that a trusted friend, colleague, or elder told him that he would make a good priest. I know that there are lots of folks who harbor in their hearts the conviction that a young man should enter the seminary, for they have noticed his gifts of kindness, makeahavesayanthisothersthey’vetimethehaveintelligence,prayerfulness,etc.,buttheyneversummonedcourageortakenthetotellhim.Perhapsassumedthathavedoneso.Butistragicallytomissopportunity.Iwouldsimplythis:ifyouremarkedvirtuesinyoungmanthatwouldhimaneffective

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Receiving the Eucharist at Mass (or in a home bound/hospital ritual) should be done with intentionality. If you have been Catholic all your life, this can actually be hard—there is a lot of muscle memory and autopilot in the Mass! Not to mention a whole other set of external distrac tions.We can strive to receive the Eucharist inten tionally with prayer before and after reception. Praying before Mass (as well as through it) helps. If attention is your problem, simply pray “Lord, help me pay attention” or “Lord, I want to see.” Or more generally, you could pray as you settle into the pew before Mass, “Lord, take me in your love as I take in you.” That is a simple prayer you can repeat to yourself if your mind wanders. The Lord does the active work, but we need to foster the disposition to receive the sacrament in all its fullness: and the Eucharist is the Lord’s chosen way to be in union with us. No other religion communicates anything quite this simultaneously personal and infinite. We’ll spend a lifetime learning to receive the Eucharist with openness to God’s presence. We can start Aftertoday.

I am sharing this because now that I am back in my busy world, I am fighting for the silence—not 24-7, because God has not called me to that, but some silence before God every day. Many of you, like I, pray every day. This is good! But in a world that focuses on doing, speaking, acting—the most counter-cultural thing we can do is maintain silence before the Lord, because we can’t listen when we’re always So… do we seek the rich silence of God

The Rich Silence of the Eucharist

Fr. Jonathan Fasna�ht offered one of the conferences at the 2022 Evangelization Retreat, The Witness of the Eucharist, this past August 5-7 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary. 28 were in attendance for three days of immersion on the beauty of the Eucharist in our daily lives.

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Receiving the Eucharist at Mass is not usually a silent affair, but you can create some silence in your soul. Silence, when it comes down to it, is not a lack of noise. Silence can be a positive, a focus of attention on the infinite God. And that is the ground of all dis cipleship, renewal, and evangelization. I invite you to join me in finding that rich silence in this first year of Eucharistic revival.

you receive the Eucharist: St. Teresa of Avila said that it is the most opportune time to pray and make requests of God, and recommended spending an hour in prayer after reception of the Eucharist. Well, she was a cloistered nun and we may not be able to do one hour. But perhaps we can do a few more minutes. Remember this moment is privileged time in your life, and pray for your needs, including your greatest need—union with Jesus Christ. If your parish’s Mass ends and you get home within 10 minutes or so, consider taking some extra time to continue your prayer.

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�elcome to September! In many ways, it's the busiest time of the year: schools are starting, people are harvest ing, fall projects are underway. Perhaps it is the most necessary time to stake a spiritual claim for silence.

It was clear to me—and no one said so, it was a silent retreat—that the richness of the silence came from the presence and adoration of the Lord in the Eucharist. It was supplemented by the prayer of oth ers and the concrete silence itself. But I could hear God speak because of the rich silence that exudes before, and with, the Eucharistic Lord.

I was at a retreat center that had 24-hour access to adora tion of the Blessed Sacrament (and a daily Mass and holy hour). Although I had done an eight-day retreat before, and usually take a shorter retreat every year, those were in places that didn’t have all three of those gifts. The first thing I noticed was that this felt like the safest space I had been in spiritually my whole life. I do not exaggerate. I did not expect this tangible feeling of spiritual safety that seemed to ground this space—and of course that helped me make a deeper retreat. But also, it was a real oasis from constantly feel ing like I was playing raquetball with the world: open the laptop, walk out the door, and the ball is zooming at me from my right, left, front, back, more! Instead, the space I was in felt like an embodiment of the St. Patrick’s Breastplate prayer: Christ before me, Christ behind me… (look the prayer up; it’s worth it!).

The other way we can find rich silence before the Eucharistic Lord is to embrace the silence of the Eucharist in our reception of it.


After a year and a half of planning, I went on an eight-day silent retreat this summer. I came back and joked everyone in the diocese should go on an eight-day silent retreat and all of our renewal challenges could be solved! Okay, perhaps not. But…nothing beats doing nothing but letting God speak. It isn’t always easy (God: “now that I have your full attention…”), but there is also joy and goodness and the profound remind er that God is our true home. There is a lot I can say about the fruits of making time for a good retreat. But I mostly want to talk about the connec tion between the silence of the Lord and the Eucharist.

Some find all kinds of distractions when they pray (welcome to the human race!). And that can happen in prayer before the Eucharist as well. But I find it happens less often before the Eucharist, and even then the distraction may be some things the Lord wants you to offer to him in prayer. The more you pray, the more the distractions cease, or are rightly set aside or

One obvious way is Eucharistic Adoration, or, if not available, prayer before the reserved Blessed Sacrament. So many people find it easier to quiet themselves before the Lord in this way. Often the chapel or church is quiet. But the unveiled pres ence of the Lord, in particu lar, can induce a quiet within the soul. St. John Vianney shared that he asked a simple farmer in his parish what he does at adoration every morning before chores. The man said, I look at the Lord and he looks at me. May we all be so simple, because of the heart of relationship is exactly that: resting in the gaze of

For Reflection:

Thank you to Leisa for allowing me to share her reflections this month, and for her faithful service to the Church in many ways and over many years! Deo Gratias!

• When caught up in too much attention to your self… Sacrifice your time, attention, or money for another.

Reflections on God's Love and Our Humility

Todd Graff Director of Lay Formation & RCIA

• Do you sometimes follow the crowd, those who have no time for or interest in God, only to find yourself feeling empty inside?

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What do you put before God? How will you resolve to serve God above all, as a sign of the importance of God in your life? Acknowledge the ways you are tempted, and resolve to turn toward God with your heart and •life.

• Are you challenged to be humble, remembering that everything you are and have comes from God, and instead, arrogantly lose sight of God’s grace in your midst?

In true humility, we see the needs of others and seek to follow Jesus’ humble, self-giving way. We are humble when we put others’ needs before our less important desires. We are humble when we live each day with the conviction that we have been entrusted with much and have responsibility to use it, to steward it, well.

God’s love is so incredible that God seeks us out when we are lost, and more. In Jesus’ parable, when the shepherd finds the lost lamb, he carries it home, calling his friends and neighbors to rejoice with him. Are you lost? Let yourself be found by God who wants to be with you in mercy, love, and peace.

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-Matthew 5:43-44; 7:1-2

What �omes to m�nd when you hear the word “humility?” Humility is a quality that has great impact when we experience it in another. The humble person seems to understand his or her place in the world and as a result is not consumed by the constant pursuit of what he or she does not have, freeing him or her to value and care for others.

“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninetynine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’”

The question is not “How am I to find God?” but “How am I to let myself be found by him?” The question is not “How am I to know God?” but “How am I to let myself be known by God?” And, finally, the question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.

• Do you idolize material wealth or social status?

• When tempted to unduly worry about money or the circumstances of your life… Ask God for the grace to trust in him and act accordingly.


Are You Lost? Let Yourself be Found.

In True Humility

• When your prayer seems like a laundry list of wants… Focus instead on your spiritual needs and the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of others.

So to them [Jesus] addressed this parable.

• Do you fail to see your poor brother or sister who needs your attention, care, and compassion?

-Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: Story of Homecoming

Imagine yourself stranded on the side of a dark road, lost and alone, when suddenly a good friend appears. Your friend has been searching for you, and is so excited to have found you, calls your friends and throws a party in your honor!

Humility can be misunderstood. Being humble does not mean acting as though we do not have talents or exper tise that need to be shared. When we were children, we might have been told to be humble rather than being taught not to be prideful. There is a difference. As C.S. Lewis noted, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

Jesus wants us to know the extent of God’s great, outlandish love for us. The parable points to the essential message of the gospel: God so desires that we be close to him, he came to be one with us in and through Jesus.

• When you feel like you don’t have time for God or anyone else… Make time! Pray, give thanks, and share your blessings with others.

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Are you lost now? What separates you from God?

Have you ever been lost? Even for a few moments? Have you lost your bearings, without quick access to GPS? Do you even now remember the fear and anxiety of not knowing where you were or how to get home?

Jesus tells the parable of the sheep that gets lost to make a point. He asks, “What man among you hav ing a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” Most of us have likely heard Jesus’ question and wondered instead what person among us would leave the ninety-nine in the desert to go out in search of the one!

The sheep had wandered away, separating itself from the security of the shepherd and the flock. It might have thought for a time that it had found greener pasture all on its own. It may have been dis tracted by the promise of something better. It might have followed other sheep who seemed to be happy in their independence, not realizing that they, too, were lost.

Jesus urges us to take the call to humility to heart: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalt ed.” (Luke 14:1, 7-14) Not only this, he explains that those who are to be given preferential treatment are the poor, crip pled, lame and the blind.

When tempted to focus on material things to an unhealthy extent… Give money, time, or donated goods to the poor.

I look for ward to the challenges and triumphs that come with thetoageandwithtinueGodandofresponsibilitiestheaprincipal,Ipraythatwillcontoblessushisgrace,giveuscourandstrengthfacewhateverfutureholds.

Marsha Stenzel Superintendent of Catholic Schools

My family and I currently reside in Janesville, where we are members of St. Ann Catholic Church and enjoy the comforts of the small town atmosphere and connectedness to our community members. Our family includes my hus band, Adam; our three sons: August (10), Henrik (7), and Edison (4); our mini-goldendoodle puppy, Rolly; and our betta fish, Squirmy.

As a princi pal I hope to con tinue to support and service.excellence,faith,leadersdentsandwithrelationshipsteachers,encouragebuildfamilies,helpourstubecomethroughacademicand

and ting.educationalLordtothisgoodnessgratefulcommunity.Catholicingwardforturefacilitatingfamilies,aculoflearningall.IlookfortoservtheLoyolaSchoolIamforGod'sandforopportunitymagnifythewithintheset

My entry into the world of education began a few more than ten years ago, when a former teacher convinced me to get my short-call substitute license. Up to that point, I had been a cabinet maker, restorer of vintage aircraft, sod farmer, and Marine, and had held a variety of jobs in between. A common factor in each of those experiences was that, though I enjoyed them, they were jobs. I was looking for a calling. Ever since those first days of subbing, I’ve been hooked on the idea of making a positive impact on the world one student at a time. I felt that I found my calling.

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I graduated from Loyola in 1992. The first 13 years of my journey, I was a teacher and coach at Loyola. The past 11 years, I was the activities direc tor and dean of students. I am very excited to begin this year as the secondary principal.

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I grew up in Gaylord, MN, and graduated from Sibley East High School in 1998. After attending Minnesota State University, Mankato, as a PSEO stu dent my senior year, I continued my post-secondary education as a Maverick and graduated in 2002 with a degree in Spanish and Latin-American studies and again in 2006 with a degree in elementary educa tion and middle school social studies. I decided to further my education after teaching in the classroom for eight years and earned a master's degree in education from St. Mary's University in 2015. This past winter I completed the Doctor of Education in K-12 Leadership program through Bethel University, securing principal and superintendent licensures.

My educational philosophy is that every person has value and something to contribute. By valuing each other's experiences we collaboratively build an educational experience for learners to grow as criti cal thinkers, creators, collaborators, communicators, and global citizens. As a leader, I mediate thinking to support teach ers, students,

My bachelor’s degree from Portland State University did not include formal teacher prepara tion, so I enrolled in the College of St. Scholastica’s Graduate Teacher Licensure program, where I would eventually earn a master’s degree. After a few more years of substitute teaching, I found a home at Sacred Heart in the fall of 2015.


My name �s Shannon Campbell, and I am Loyola’s elementary principal. I started my journey at Loyola many years ago when I was in second grade. I am a proud Loyola graduate and have spent the last 15 years teaching third grade at Loyola. The last three years I also served as Loyola’s elementary lead teacher, which helped the transition into being the principal. I never imagined God would lead me to this role, but I am honored to be serving as Loyola’s elementary principal.

My family includes my husband, Philip; and our three children: Kailey (6th grade), Blake (5th grade), and William (Kindergarten). Even though we do not live in Mankato, all three of my children attend Loyola. I am grateful that they are a part of the amaz ing Loyola com munity I have known and loved for many years.

My name �s Dr. Claudia Roesler, and I am honored to join the Loyola fam ily as the head of school. It is a privilege to join a team that prides themselves in leading through faith, academic excel lence, and service by providing an edu cational experience that integrates faith and hope into the daily lives of learners.

I, John Landkamer, will be beginning my 25th year at Loyola Catholic School.

I have worked in education for 17 years in various capacities, including as a paraprofessional, elementary classroom teacher, instructional coach, curriculum director, and director of teaching and learning. The majority of my professional experience occurred at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Public Schools, who I am forever grateful to.

My name �s Chris Dahle, and it is my great honor and privilege to assume the duties of Principal of Sacred Heart School in Waseca. Sacred Heart is a proud institution, with a rich history of Catholic education, and I am eager to continue the many traditions that we have established, while looking toward a bright future in an ever-changing educa tionalMylandscape.wife,Teya, and I live just north of Waseca with our two sons, Josiah (19) and Noah (16). Josiah will be heading off to college in Portland, OR, while Noah will stay busy with his junior year of high school. Teya works for the State of Minnesota in the field of infant and child mental health. As a family, we enjoy camping, traveling, and artistic pursuits such as music and pottery.

Loyola is a special place to be able to carry out our mission of faith, academic excellence, leadership, and service. We have a dedicated staff and great families.Iam a mem ber of All Saints in Madison Lake, where I serve on the finance council and am a lector. I have been married to my wife, Mandy, for 24 years. In my spare time I enjoy the out doors.


My philosophy of education has consistently been to educate and care for the whole child: aca demically, physically, and spiritually. Catholic School education has been and will continue to be ideal in living that phi losophy every day.

Diocese of Winona-Rochester seminarians with Vocations Director Fr. Jason Kern and Bishop Robert Barron

Incarnation in Nashville on July 25, 2022. The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, was the main celebrant and homilist. He was joined by concelebrating bish ops Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding (Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville), Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain (retried Archbishop of Seattle), and Most Reverend David Talley (Bishop of the Diocese of Memphis).

2. Strong Catholic Families: Just as mission ary discipleship is the place for vocations to grow, it is obvious that the first house of formation is the family home. The more families learn to live in fidelity to Jesus and His Church, the more they can seek to serve His Church. We should encourage families to put first the kingdom before all else.


4. Call to Greatness: There is a temptation that we can fall into by talking about the priest hood as simply an enjoyable life of service. We have to see the priesthood as something

1. Missionary Discipleship: Consistently, when young men and women are invited to follow Jesus more intentionally, invited and taught to pray, and seek out the Eucharist

essentially supernatural: a call from God to lay down our lives in love. Young people recognize the transitory and fleeting world we live in, and they desire some thing stable, something beyond themselves; the call to serve God needs to point to this essential reality. We need to witness to the call that giving up everything to follow Jesus is truly worth it!

Many of you have commented to me about our new bishop’s great challenge! Perhaps you have heard already, but at Bishop Barron’s installation Mass, and since then, he has repeated the invitation for us to double our number of seminarians over the next five years! How awesome of a challenge! I know all of us would be eager to meet this goal and we will need to have a vision for how to get there in the months and years ahead. However, as we all know, vocations to the priesthood do not drop out of the sky. It is my experience that vocations to the priest hood and consecrated life come from the following five areas:

In 1860, the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was established in Nashville, where its Motherhouse is located. The Sisters of St. Cecilia are dedicated to the apostolate of Catholic education. The community of 300 sisters serves in 53 schools throughout the United States and abroad, with mis sion houses in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Bracciano, Italy; Elgin,

and Confession with more fidelity and regu larity, they begin to ask the question of what God wants of their lives.

5. Reverent Worship: This final point can seem a bit out of place or like a hidden agenda. Yet, consistently, young people are drawn not to something simply accessible or that which looks like everything else in this world; they are drawn to beauty and transcendence. They are looking for God and His revelation of love which comes through the Mass. If our worship reflects heaven, then young people can begin to discover a yearning in themselves for eternity. Beauty and truth both work as a primary means for attracting the soul. Reverent worship has both of these characteristics and helps young people to search for more of the Divine Presence in their lives.

Scotland; Sittard, The Netherlands, and Limerick, Ireland. For more information on the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, please visit their website at

Sister Anne Catherine. O.P., professed her perpetual vows on August 8, 2005.

Rev. Jason Kern Director of jkern@dowr.orgVocations

this past month we were blessed to have our annual seminarian gathering. Since before my time as vocations director, we have gathered in the west ern part of the diocese (Jackson in recent years) and had a wonderful week of fraternity, prayer, and fun. Each day after a morning holy hour and Mass we get together for intentional conversation. This year it was in regards to processing shame and guilt and then a separate conversation on how to utilize semi nary formation for growth and a lifelong commit ment to sharing oneself with others. We have very good men following the Lord on the path to holiness. As they return to seminary this fall, please keep them in your prayers! We will have 20 seminarians for the diocese total: eight at St. Paul Seminary, 10 at IHM Seminary, one on pastoral year, and one in a pre-seminary formation program in La Crosse, WI. In next month’s Courier, we will feature our three new seminarians who are joining us this fall.

The Mass of the Rite of Perpetual Religious Profession was celebrated at the Cathedral of the

3. Healthy Priests: We have heard many times over the years a seminarian or priest telling his vocation story and making specific men tion of a priest who inspired him. We must build and support a healthy and holy pres byterate so young men feel inspired by the pastors and priests in our diocese. We also need to help priests make the time to have healthy relationships with young men who might be discerning so that they get to know the priest in their parish.

Eight Profess Perpetual Vows as Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation

Sister Madeline Rose is the daughter of Jerry and Megan Kraemer, also former parishioners at Queen of Angels Parish. Sister Madeline Rose is a gradu ate of Pacelli High School, in Austin, MN, attended Benedictine College, Atchison, KS, and graduated from Aquinas College in Nashville, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History. She is cur rently teaching high school Religion at Knoxville Catholic High School, TN.

In addition to the sisters making perpetual pro fession of vows, six sisters professed their first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia on August 10, 2022.

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NASHVILLE, TN (August 15, 2022) – Eight religious sisters of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, TN, professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on July 25, 2022. Among those who made their Perpetual Profession was Sister Madeline Rose Kraemer O.P., a former parishioner of Queen of Angels Parish in Austin, MN, in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.

Sister Madeline Rose Kraemer, O.P.

dear friends, each of your families has a mission to carry out in our world, a testimony to give. We the baptized are especially called to be “a mes


sage that the Holy Spirit takes from the riches of Jesus Christ and gives to his people” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 21).

One of the USCCB’s policy priorities this Congress has been supporting the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). There is currently no federal law requir ing employers to provide short-term, reasonable accommodations to pregnant women in the work place and the PWFA would do so. Common requests include being able to carry a bottle of water, a stool for jobs that involve long periods of standing, or lighter duty for jobs that entail heavy lifting. Women

This is also the first Labor Day since the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. The ruling is an incred ibly significant step towards healing the deep wounds of abortion and protecting all preborn human life. But our aim as Catholics has always been, and remains, to build a society in which abortion is unthinkable. This unique moment necessitates a society and an econ omy that supports marriages, families, and women; it demands that all of us reach across political aisles and work diligently to reframe social policies in ways that are pro-woman, pro-family, proworker and, thus, authentically pro-life.

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A Message from Pope Francis Labor Day Statement 2022 Building a Just Economy for Women and Families

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For this reason, I would like you to ask your selves this question: What is the word that the Lord wants to speak through our life to all those whom we meet? What “step forward” is he asking of our family, my family, today? Everyone should ask this. Stop and listen. Let yourselves be changed by him, so that you too can change the world and make it “home” for all those who need to feel welcomed and accepted, for all those who need to encounter Christ and to know that they are loved. We need to live with our eyes raised to heaven: as Blessed Maria and Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi used to say to their children, confronting the efforts and joys of life, “always looking from the roof upwards.”

But pre-pandemic norms were far from perfect. Even before current economic uncertainties, women

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The following message was delivered by POPE FRANCIS at the World Meeting of Families held June 22, 2022.

the Church often looks at the well-being of society through the lens of the well-being of the family. As Pope Francis said during his visit to the United States in 2015, “We cannot call any society healthy when it does not leave real room for family life. We cannot think that a society has a future when it fails to pass laws capable of protecting families and ensuring their basic needs...” This Labor Day, let us reflect on how we can build a more just economy by promoting the welfare of working families through both charitable works and through advocacy for improved policies such as expanding the Child Tax Credit and passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Advancing these two policies would have a profound impact on family stability, especially for families who are financially vulnerable.Somerecent reports have found the economy is returning to a pre-pandemic norm with regards to unemployment rates. However, other reports dem onstrate that, while wages are rising, much or all of the increases are lost to inflation, which affects lowincome families the most and puts our economy in a precarious position. I pray that government lead ers who deal with inflation may have prudence in addressing its complexities and challenges.

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- especially women of African descent and Latina women - earned less than their male counterparts, including when doing the same work with the same qualifications. They filled the majority of direct care jobs, experiencing increased risk of injury, high stress, and exposure to illness while earning low wages. They were the majority of caretakers for their loved ones, yet many lacked adequate family and medical leave policies. These and other economic challenges continue to affect working families and children.

The following statement was delivered by the MOST REV. PAUL S. COAKLEY, the chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, on September 5, 2022.

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During the conference, the love of Jesus is experienced in many different ways. Daily Mass, group rosary times, Reconciliation, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, worship music, and lots of great speakers and workshops are just a few of the opportunities that make up the weekend. Adoration at Steubenville is a very memorable and powerful experience. It’s always been my favorite because Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist is undeniable, and you can feel the Holy Spirit flow ing through the room as everyone worships. It’s an experience that I wish everyone could have. I can’t recommend Steubenville enough to any teen, wherever they are on their faith journey.

Jasmine Carlin is a parishioner of St. Pius X in Rochester.

I had the opportunity to attend a Steubenville conference, and it was an amazing experience that I wish every Catholic teen could have. Steubenville creates a unique environment where it’s impos sible to feel alone in your faith, because everyone around you is so in love with Jesus and His sacri fice for Today’sus. society wants young people to believe that the Catholic faith is dated and irrelevant, but attending a Steubenville conference proves the exact opposite.

I will admit that going into the weekend of my first Steubenville conference I was a bit skeptical of why my friends seemed to love it so much, but when I walked out I understood entirely. The con ference creates a totally unique environment that


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gave her “yes” when she conceived Jesus, and we are accepting Christ and leading the campers to do the same. As a Fiat, I was able to be a leader for the campers not only in small groups and prayer time, but also when we were having epic dance parties, climbing on the high ropes courses with them, or in the parish group time we had at the end of each day to reflect on the gifts that God has given to us. I was finally able to give back to the camp that has given

Camp Summit is a camp that I have grown in. Starting as a camper in middle school, just simply being in a safe environment and having tons of fun while learning more about faith through my first experience in adoration or how to read the Bible without getting completely confused built a strong foundation. From there I went on to become a part of the Dream Team, in which our whole job for the week at camp was to pray for the campers, while still having tons of fun. This was definitely the year that I grew closest to Christ in prayer and through his Word and people; this was by far my favorite year of camp. As Dream Team members, we aren’t together with the campers or Fiat Team (older high school leaders); rather, we were more of the ninjas of the camp. We had a group of about 30 teens the year I went, and I made some of the best friends that year. From there I went on to the Fiat Team. I was finally old enough to be a camp counselor for Camp Summit otherwise known as “Fiat.” As a Fiat, we are giving our “yes” to God, reflecting on how Mary

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me so much over the years. Going from a camper to a Fiat, Camp Summit has inspired me to keep grow ing in my faith even though I will be going on from camp next year and into what God’s plan is for me and my life. Wherever he leads me over these next years, Camp Summit will always be something that I remember and try to live out in the rest of my life.

this year, the Diocese of Winona-Rochester took just under 100 adults and teens to the Steubenville Youth Conference, Rochester, where over 1,000 Catholics from the surrounding area came to worship the Lord in song, sacrament, and testimony. The following is a testimony from AMANDA CLUBB, a teenager from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna:

with something, I always have those people to hold me accountable, to help me, or to simply be there to give a warming smile.

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Around the year 1618 Vincent came to know Saint Francis de Sales, whose writings, especially the Introduction to the Devout Life, had a strong

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Vincent’s approach to a devout life of faith was to be simple, practical and to have confidence in God’s love and mercy. He would maintain: “When you leave your prayer to care for a sick person, you leave God for God. To care for a sick person is to pray.”

our kick-off, the following parishes have met their goals for the 2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal: All Saints New

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influence on him. That same year Vincent estab lished a society of priests, sometimes referred to as “Vincentians,” who with the financial support of Madame Gondi, would go from village to village on the Gondi estates to preach to the peasants and conduct missions. The mission work became so suc cessful that with the approval of the archbishop of Paris and continued financial support of the Gondis, the group established a base in Paris and their com munity continued to grow along with their ministry.

the feast day of Saint Vincent de Paul is September 27, the date of his pass ing in 1660. He was the founder of the Vincentians and the Sisters of Charity, and is the patron saint of all charitable organizations.Bornin1581 to a peasant family in southwestern France, Vincent studied for the priesthood at a local Franciscan college and then at Toulouse University. He was ordained a priest at the age of nineteen.

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Meanwhile the women’s groups started to multi ply. In 1633 Vincent began offering formal religious formation for this new group, called the Daughters of Charity. A new order of women religious was born that ministered in hospitals, orphanages, prisons and many other places. The order was formally approved by the Church in 1668.

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Little is truly known of Vincent’s early life in the priesthood except that he spent a year in Rome, perhaps studying. In 1612 he became a parish priest in a village just north of Paris and the following year became a tutor in the household of the wealthy and politically powerful Gondi family. He remained with the family for the next 12 years and spent some time as a parish priest where he attended to the needs of the sick and the poor in his parish. In 1617 he formed a group of women who ministered to the needs of these families. He established similar groups in other villages.


St. Casimir Winona

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St. Adrian

St. Patrick West Albany

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At Vincent’s funeral the presiding bishop said that he had “changed the face of the Church.” He was canonized in 1737. In 1833, Blessed Antoine Frederic Ozanam would found the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. In 1885 Pope Leo XIII named St. Vincent de Paul universal patron of all works of charity.

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Many of the folks who come to us wherewhatatfrightened,embarrassed,lifetimeforneverhaveaskedhelpintheirandareandalossfortodoortoturn.

are you uninsured or underinsured when it comes to prescription medication? Is your house hold income less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level? The MediAppS (Medication Application Service) Program at Catholic Charities in Winona helps hundreds of people each year to obtain their prescription medications. If you cannot afford the cost or copay amount of your medica tion, we may be able to assist you by purchasing an emergency supply on your behalf from your local pharmacy. We can also work with you to apply for cost-free medication available directly through the pharmaceutical companies, provid ing that you are eligible. With skyrocketing medi cation and insurance costs, many people simply cannot afford to meet their deductible, pay their co-pays (which fluctuate per the direction of insurance companies) or pay the cash price of their medication. And most insurance companies do not cover medical devices or over-the-counter items that are prescribed by physicians such as supplements, vitamins and medical supplies. Read on about how we helped a gentleman named Davey (not his real name).

Jan MediAppSWieserCoordinator

Do You Struggle to Pay for Your Prescription Medication? Ask About MediAppS

All too frequently MediAppS cli ents face the burden of choosing to buy food, gas, pay heat bills, pay rent, or purchase necessary medication. Often, medication is the last choice. This puts a person’s health and wellbeing in danger and batters their spirit. Many of the folks who come to us have never asked for help in their lifetime and are embarrassed, frightened, and at a loss for what to do or where to turn. MediAppS offers help and peace of mind.

Davey came to the MediAppS Program when

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We can help any eligible MediAppS individual within the Diocese of Winona-Rochester with application into Patient Assistance Programs. Many of the medications available through these programs treat chronic diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, high cholesterol, depres sion, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. Needless to say, these medi cations are critical to maintain one’s health.MediAppS does not charge a fee and our unique services are undupli cated in our area.

because he knew that he would not have been able to navigate the enroll ment process on his own.

he was in need of a newly prescribed diabetic insulin medication that carried a cash price of $839 for a one-month supply. His copay amount, through his Medicare Part D plan, was $354 for a 30-day supply. Living on social security income only, it was literally impossible for Davey to afford this medication and obviously, it was absolutely neces sary that he take it. The MediAppS Program was able to help in two ways: First, we were able to cover the cost of the 30-day supply of the medication at Davey’s local pharma cy. (This Emergency Cash Assistance Fund helps individuals living in Winona, Fillmore, or Houston coun ties.) Then we worked hard and fast to complete an application for enroll ment into the pharmaceutical com pany’s Patient Assistance Program for the specific insulin that Davey need ed. For those eligible, these Patient Assistance Programs offer cost-free medication which most often can be shipped directly to the patient’s home. We worked with Davey and his medical provider to gather all the required documenta tion, signatures, and prescription. We submit ted the application and soon afterwards Davey was successfully enrolled into the program and received cost-free insulin for the remainder of the calendar year! MediAppS took care of order ing refills and reenrolled Davey into the same program for the following calendar year. You can look at this situation as truly lifesaving. Davey was incredibly grateful

If you feel you could use help from the MediAppS Program, please contact Jan Wieser at 507-494-8288 or email

After some scheduling, the class set off to see Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary. After a tour of the seminary led by Fr. Robert Horihan, the rector, the students went to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, where they were guided on a tour by Fr. Mark McNea, the rector of the cathedral. After lunch at the class’s favor ite fast food place, they made a stop at the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester and were treated to a great tour there, thanks to Deacon Randy Horlocker. Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible.

W-RDCCW Welcomes Bishop Barron Religious Ed. Class Tours Diocese A Day of Grace, Our Hearts Wide Open

Jeanette Fortier is a member of the Winona-Rochester Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.



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ice President Shelly Holt and I received tickets to Bishop Barron’s installation. We represented the W-RDCCW. The service was incred ibly beautiful and uplifting. As a council, we look forward to collabo rating with Bishop Barron in our journey of leading women in spiri tuality, service, and leadership. We look forward to his encouragement and Ileadership.wouldlike to extend a big thank you to all who attended our “Spiritual Day of Grace for Women” on August 13. It is hoped that you gath ered information which you can share with your family, parish, and com munity. As women of faith, with Mary’s guidance, we can change the world.

this last April, the sixthgrade religious education class for the tri parishes of St. Casimir (Wells), St John the Baptist (Minnesota Lake), and Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Easton), after hearing about Bishop Quinn and seeing him at a dis tance at confirmations and around our diocese, had the chance to meet virtually over Zoom with the bishop. The kids had a chance to ask Bishop Quinn many ques tions about his likes and dislikes and got to know him more as a person. Toward the end of the meeting, Bishop Quinn invited the class to come visit Winona.

over 65 women from across the diocese, as well as representatives from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, attended this wonder ful gathering on August 13, 2022, at the beautiful Holy Trinity Parish in Litymosl.Speakers were Fr. Randal Kasel of St. Michael Parish in Pine Island, who spoke on prayer and our rela tionship with God. Patrick Norton of St. Joseph, shared his personal story of being an abandoned baby who was picked up off the street by St. Mother Teresa, and her action in his life, as well as speaking of the cause of Sr. Arnella, a Benedictine Sister, for sainthood. Msgr. Gerald Kosse, spiritual advisor for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women presided

Arnie Stenzel is a member of St. Casimir Parish in Wells.

Please come to the NCCW Convention on November 2-5, 2022, at Hotel – Minneapolis Marriott City Center which is right in our own back yard. To register, go to nccw. org for all the information.


at the liturgy. Fr. Andrew Vogel rep resented the Blue Earth Area as their spiritual advisor. What made the day so special was the friend ships created and celebrated during the day. There were smiles every where! The women of Holy Trinity provided a wonderful breakfast and lunch, and the women of Christ the King Parish in Medford served a delicious meal the night before.


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Eleanore Jones is the president of the Winona-Rochester Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

You missed a great day but all is not lost! Make reservations to attend the National Council of Catholic Women Convention November 2-5 in Minneapolis. Visit for registration information. Open your heart to a life-giving experience! We’ll see you there.

People are now working on sending children back to school. You will also be sending children to reli gious education classes. We need to be willing to step up and volunteer to help where help is needed. These children look for our guidance and unbelievably you will be doing one of the spiritual works of mercy –instructing the ignorant.

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Drive-Thru Fall Turkey Dinner & Raffles, served 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. or until gone. Turkey din ner with all trimmings in St. Agnes Parish Hall. Country store, bake sale, farmers mar ket. Parking lot behind church. 128 E Belvidere Ave in Kellogg. St. Mary Church, Caledonia October 30, Sunday 56th Annual Holiday Bazaar 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Stage raffle, live auction, kids' games, chance tables, sweet shop, luncheon & dinner, junk food walk, silent auction. Big Ticket drawing for a $5,000 grand prize. Benefits go to St. Mary's School. 453 S Pine St in Caledonia.

9th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run and pancake break fast (free-will donation) to ben efit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. at the church (1600 11th Ave SE in Rochester). 8:30 registration. 100% of donations serve our friends in website:need. (

St. Thomas More Newman Center, Mankato October 15, Saturday

St. John Vianney Church, Fairmont September 25, Sunday Fall Festival 10:30-2:00, follow ing 10 a.m. Mass. Food trucks, beer & wine, pony rides, dunk tank, bounce house, vendor fair, live music, cookies by the pail, heavenly baskets, bingo. Alverna Center, Winona September 30 - October 1, Beloved:Friday-SaturdayDiocesan Women's Conference. $75, includes Friday Evening and all day Saturday! (Best deal!) Beloved One Day: $60, just Saturday. Friday Evening Only: $25. Student Discounts and Scholarships Available. Optional Addition: Overnight at Alverna Center: +$50. Register online at dowr. org/event-details/3704

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St. Agnes Church, Kellogg October 30, Sunday

St. Ann Church, Slayton October 2, Sunday 125th Anniversary Celebration. 10 a.m. Mass followed by a meal served 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sliced pork loin sandwich, beans, chips, bar and beverage. Free will offerings accepted. Soft serve ice cream & toppings avail able for purchase. Free games and entertainment for kids and adults 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bean bags, lawn games, face paint ing, bounce house, music. Raffle tickets sold 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Drawing is at 2 p.m. 2747 29th St in Slayton. Everyone invited! St. Columban Church, Preston October 9, Sunday Pork Dinner - Carry-out only. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Natural pork loin, real mashed potatoes & gravy, dressing, corn, cole slaw, apple sauce, buns, pie. $15 per dinner.

Just as significant as federal policy, there is much work that can be done locally to advance the dignity of work. For example, there are always opportunities to volunteer to help struggling families, such as with Catholic Charities. Additionally, the efforts of labor unions have helped union workers fare better during the pandemic than non-union workers, as they were more likely to maintain their pay and their jobs. To this end, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development supports organizations that work on low-wage workers' rights and training, in an effort to eliminate labor trafficking and related workplace abuses such as wage

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Mankato Area Pre-Cana 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pre-Cana is an oppor tunity for engaged couples to prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony. They will learn about the beauty of Marriage as a sacrament and about how they can be an efficacious sign of


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Additionally, the USCCB supports federal paid leave policy, just wages, and the right to organize. We have long called for a system in which the whole of society enjoys fundamental human needs including nutrition, affordable housing, education, and health care. These common goods cannot be achieved through individual efforts alone, but require the collaboration and cooperation of everyone, and the exclusion of no one.

Diocesan Social Concerns Committee’s Fall Social Concerns Day, Water: Protecting Our Source of Life. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at St. Joseph’s and virtually, via Zoom. Keynote speakers are Emily Zanon from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Jeff Broburg from the Minnesota Well Owners Organization (MNWOO). Presentations to focus on the water cycle, groundwater contaminants, and preventing pollution and toxins from contaminating our most precious resource! $15/ person, covers attendance and lunch. Info & registration: Isaac Landsteiner (507-848-8303 or

Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Mazeppa September 18, Sunday Fall Bazaar. Ham & turkey din ner served 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $13/person. Raffle and country store also.

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Christ's presence to each other, to their future chil dren and to those around them. Details online details/

November 12, Saturday Fall Expo. 202 4th St NW in Byron. Vendors and Bake Sale. Contact for Arby's sandwich lunch: Kathy Lieburn (kathyck or 507-7756455). Vendors are signing up, and we welcome more! Current vendors: Norwex, Glass by Gary, Mary Kay, A Unique Twinkle, The Crafty Lady, Thirty-One, Calico Cat, Avon, Watkins, Christina Crocheting, Lantern Design Co., Pampered Chef, Joan of Art Pottery, Tastefully Simple, Buck's Rugs, Wooden Ornaments and Such, Creative Cub, Tammi's Flowers & Crafts, Tickle My Toes Too, Nadine's Caramels, Paparazzi, Painted Items & Gnomes, Cute Crochet Crafts, Fancy Nancy's Flowers, and more to come!

St. Adrian Festival. 512 Maine Ave in Adrian. Food served 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Pork loin & cheesey potatoes, corn, cole slaw, buns, pies & desserts, bev erages. Adults $10. Kids 9-12 $5. 8 & younger free. Kids menu (hot dog, chips, mac & cheese) also available. Event includes Big Ticket, raffles, country store, children's outdoor fair with free kids' menu, adult bean bag toss, and more. Homedelivered meals available within Adrian city limits; call 483-2317 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. St. John Baptist de la Salle Church, Dodge Center September 18, Sunday 29th Annual Turkey Dinner served 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Adults $12, kids 6-10 $5, preschool free. Take-outs available. $2 raf fle tickets, bake sale and coun try store. Tickets at the door. 20 2nd St. NE in Dodge Center. We are handicap accessible.

in writing this Labor Day reflection, I am reminded of Monsignor George Higgins, who passed away 20 years ago this year. He was a fervent advocate of economic justice for all, working closely with unions and union organizers, including Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, and received many awards, includ ing the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was the director of what was then called the Social Action Department of the bishops’ conference and, in fact, wrote or was consulted on the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Labor Day statements for decades. Inspired by him, let us continue his good work in building a just society for all. May the spirit and example of Monsignor Higgins inspire us, that we might have the wisdom to build up justice and improve the lives of work ers and their families as he did throughout his life.

St. Pius X Church, Rochester October 1-2, Saturday-Sunday 2-Day Fall Festival. Saturday includes beer and brats after 4 p.m. Mass, polka music, karaoke. Sunday, enjoy the Taste of St. Pius and variety of local food vendors, kid games, silent auc tion, bucket raffles, main raf fle, etc. Come and join the fun! More details at 507-288-8238 or

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in low-wage and physically demanding jobs, disproportionately held by women of color, are regularly denied these simple accom modations and terminated or forced to take leave without pay. A number of states already have laws like this in place; however, pregnant women in every state should be protected by these stan dards. No woman should be forced to risk her or her child’s health, miscarriage, preterm birth, economic security or losing insurance benefits just because she requests a short-term, reasonable, preg nancy-related accommodation. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed this bill with strong, bipartisan support. Now, with a short time left in this current legislative session of Congress, we urge immediate Senate passage of this proposal that would make the workplace safer for women and their preborn children. Hundreds of Catholics who participated in this year’s Catholic Social Ministry Gathering advocated for this bill in meetings with their U.S. Senators and we encourage Catholics to continue doing so through the advocacy center on the USCCB website.

The USCCB has also been actively advocating in favor of expanding the Child Tax Credit (CTC). In 2021, the CTC provided financial relief for families who were having difficulty making ends meet. Families largely spent this money on food, energy bills, housing payments and other basic needs. With rising inflation, continuing to expand this tax credit would be critically helpful to families forced to choose between buying food and filling up their gas tanks. Congress should move forward with a CTC proposal that has no minimum income requirement, includes families with mixed immigration status, is available for the year before birth, and is offered to every child – regardless of the size of the family. The CTC was enormously effective at reducing child poverty in 2021 and we should not regress from this progress.

A full obituary can be found at

• The CourierSeptember 2022


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Along with adding a new preschool pro gram at LHS, Rochester Catholic Schools has expanded programming to include an early childhood, age 2, program at its Holy Spirit Catholic School campus and an all-day prekindergarten program at St. Francis of Assisi School. Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year opens on October 1.

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Sister Maricé Elvekrog, SSND, 84, died August 19, 2022, at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato. Her Funeral Mass was Monday, August 29.

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Sister Mary was born and raised in Fairfield, ND. In 1945, she graduated from St. Mary’s High School in New England, ND, and entered the candidature in Mankato to prepare for her life as a School Sister of Notre Dame. She professed her vows in 1948. Sister Mary taught in several elementary and second ary schools for 23 years. After studying nursing and obtain ing her RN, Sister Mary worked at Reginal Memorial Hospital in Hastings before moving to Grundy, VA, in 1983 to begin her ministry of nursing, community outreach, and social advocacy in the mountains of Appalachia. She returned to Mankato in

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Sister Maricé was born and raised in Madison. She graduat ed from Good Counsel Academy in Mankato in 1955 and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame the same year. She professed first vows in 1957. She taught or was an administrator in sev eral elementary and secondary schools for 26 years and held positions of school administra tion in the dioceses of LaCrosse, WI; Joliet, IL; and Alexandria, LA, for 21 years. She served in various capacities at Christ the King Parish in Cambridge from 2006 until 2021. In the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, she taught at St. John the Baptist School in Mankato from 1962-1963.

2012.Sister Mary is survived by many nieces and nephews; as well as her sisters in commu nity, the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was preceded in death by her parents, Liberatus and Anna Marie (Faller) Hecker; seven sisters and five brothers.

exciting news out of Rochester Catholic Schools! Rochester’s only nature-based prekindergarten program is opening its doors on Tuesday, September 6, at the Lourdes High School campus. Recognizing an increased demand for quality early childhood program ming, RCS opened five new classrooms for the 2022-2023 school year. The Nest at Lourdes: Nature Birds Environmental Kinship Program welcomes children ages 4 and 5 to learn and play through outdoor interactions with the natural world while developing skills for kin dergarten readiness, exploring American Sign Language, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

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Lourdes High School to Offer Nature-Based Pre-K Program

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with parents to provide them with parenting support. We develop lessons emphasizing inquiry, discovery, and creativity. We wel come families of all faith backgrounds. We practice caring for creation, being a friend to everyone, and helping others through ser vice.”Opening a pre-k in a high school may seem unorthodox, but Principal Mary Spring is excited about having the younger students around. “The Nature Program at Lourdes provides an opportunity where our older stu dents can lead and guide a younger group of students, particularly in some of our outdoor classes. It is a wonderful opportunity to pro vide high schoolers and preschoolers a space to learn from one another.”

Sister Mary Immaculate Hecker, SSND, 95, died August 25, 2022, at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato. Her Funeral Mass was Friday, September 2.

Preschool Coordinator, Kayln Wilkinson, shares, "The Nest is a special place, welcom ing over 165 students this fall. We partner

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Sister Maricé is survived by her brother, Dr. Maurice (Jan) Elvekrog; nieces and nephews; and her sisters in the commu nity, the School Sisters of Notre Dame and SSND Associates. She was preceded in death by her parents, Olaf and Margaret (Albrecht) Elvekrog.

“In Rochester, the demand for a highquality, Catholic preschool is high! Our pro grams were near full last year. When looking to expand, we wanted to offer a program unique from our others. With its proxim ity to St. Mary’s University Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, Lourdes High School was an incredible loca tion for a nature-based program!” shares President, Annemarie Vega.

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