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Lenten TV ads lead to 7.4 percent increase in Mass attendance in the Diocese

cch_logoGREEN BAY, Wis. (Oct. 21, 2010) -- Increases in Mass attendance and the willingness of Catholics to talk about matters of faith were among positive outcomes from a series of TV ads the Diocese of Green Bay aired for six weeks last February and March.

Parish leaders also reported a more welcoming environment, the launch of Web sites, and a desire to continue what was started, including another media campaign.
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Xavier honored

Appleton school named to national Top 50 Catholic High Schools list

APPLETON, Wis. (Oct. 15, 2010) -- Xavier High School in Appleton for the third time has been selected as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States, announced Dr. Joseph Bound, Director of Education for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

Xavier and Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha were the only two schools in Wisconsin to be recognized by the 2010 Catholic High School Honor Roll, which was released today by he Acton Institute, an international research and educational organization.
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Catholic lawyers' society

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia to visit Green Bay for inaugural meeting

Justice-ScaliaGREEN BAY, Wis. (Oct. 12, 2010) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural meeting of the newly formed St. Thomas More Lawyers' Society for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

Members and potential members are invited to attend the Oct. 28 event at the KI Convention Center, 333 Main St., Green Bay, following the 5 p.m. Red Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 130 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay.
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Students celebrate

Diocesan All-School Mass packs the Resch Center on October 14

GREEN BAY, Wis. (Oct. 15, 2010) – Nearly 10,000 students and faculty from every Catholic school in the Diocese of Green Bay participated in an all-school Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Resch Center.

Bishop David Ricken celebrated the Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau and Bishop Emeritus Robert Banks and many priests serving in the diocese. Several deacons also participated.
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Catechism course

Diocesan staff begin monthly, three-year study of Adult Catechism

Beginning in October, diocesan employees will spend one hour each month studying the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA). Employees are being asked to study one catechism chapter each month and then gather for one-hour sessions to discuss that chapter. Twelve staff members have volunteered to serve as course facilitators, said Dr. Joe Bound, director of the Department of Education.

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New offering

'God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage' to supplement marriage preparation in diocese

wedding-at-canaStarting in September, the Family and Married Life Office of the Diocese of Green Bay will offer engaged couples an optional day focused entirely on the Sacrament, Theology, and Intimacy of marriage as God planned it to be.

This one-day workshop was developed from the book "Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body." The book is based on 129 of Pope John Paul II's general audience speeches.
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New vocation director

Fr. Daniel Schuster will visit parishes and work with the Diocese's seminarians

Schuster-Fr-DanFr. Daniel Schuster, on August 1, became the new vocation director for the Diocese of Green Bay. As vocation director, Fr. Schuster will travel to parishes throughout the diocese where he will preach and invite and motivate the people who have a call from God.

He also will work with the seminarians in formation and live at Xavier House in De Pere, which has openings for young men in college, working or serving as volunteers, who live in community while discerning the possibility of the priesthood.
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