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Wisconsin couple says adoption is a blessing, gift and ‘roller coaster of emotions’

Wisconsin couple says adoption is a blessing, gift and ‘roller coaster of emotions’

| Benjamin Wideman | November 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

After David and Maria Schuette got married in 2015, they wanted a family right away, but months later they found out that infertility issues would likely prevent them from having children of their own.

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Reel Hope videos highlight foster care children in need of permanent families

Reel Hope videos highlight foster care children in need of permanent families

| Debbie Musser | November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kaycee Stanley and her husband, Pete, had decided on adoption to build their family. Specifically, adoption from foster care.

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Monastic life allows drawing our will into God’s

Monastic life allows drawing our will into God’s

| Jessica Weinberger | November 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Less than 10 miles north of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, 22 contemplative Catholic nuns of the Cistercian Order live quietly on 112 acres of farmland. A set of renovated buildings and additions off an 1859 stone cottage make up Valley of Our Lady Monastery, where prayer, study and manual labor set the cadence for this cloistered, contemplative order.

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MCC’s booklets provide Catholic perspective on end-of-life decisions

MCC’s booklets provide Catholic perspective on end-of-life decisions

| October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Joe Stanislav, CEO of Our Lady of Peace hospice and home health care in St. Paul, can vouch for the Minnesota Catholic Conference’s primers on health care directives and end-of-life care.

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Eight tips for pre-planning your funeral

Eight tips for pre-planning your funeral

| Sam Patet | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

You don’t have to tell Joan Gecik that weddings are huge affairs. Getting ready for the big day can take a year or more, she said.

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Joan Gecik has been preparing all of her life to lead Catholic Cemeteries

Joan Gecik has been preparing all of her life to lead Catholic Cemeteries

| Christina Capecchi | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Without knowing it, Joan Gecik has been preparing for her new job as executive director of The Catholic Cemeteries her entire life ­— personally and professionally. But the first notable influence came in early childhood. After Sunday Mass, her parents would take their 10 kids out for a picnic at the cemetery — a free, safe and beautiful place.

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World Mission Sunday — Baptized and sent

World Mission Sunday — Baptized and sent

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

World Mission Sunday is a day set aside for the Catholic Church throughout the world to publicly renew its commitment to be a missionary Church.

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With November visit, Pope Francis to fulfill his desire to be a missionary to Japan

With November visit, Pope Francis to fulfill his desire to be a missionary to Japan

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will finally fulfill his desire to be a missionary to Japan when he visits that country, as well as Thailand, Nov. 20-26, the Vatican announced.

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Pope: All Catholics must be missionaries

Pope: All Catholics must be missionaries

| Cindy Wooden | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

By virtue of their baptism, all Catholics are called to be missionaries, sharing the good news of salvation in Jesus by their actions and their words, Pope Francis said.

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Baptized and Sent — we are marked for Mission

Baptized and Sent — we are marked for Mission

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, things happen in life that leave a permanent mark. Some people retain a mark from their birth. Others carry a permanent mark from an accident or injury. Some marks are visible to the eye while others remain invisible, but they mark our souls for life. There are people who can leave a permanent mark on us because of the way they care for us or inspire us. We also talk about wanting to leave a permanent mark on the world. Some permanent marks can scar us while others become signs of new life.

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Maryknoll missionary takes  faith, desire to serve to Cambodia

Maryknoll missionary takes faith, desire to serve to Cambodia

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

After teaching math to students with learning disabilities as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Portland, Oregon, from 1995 to 1996, Maryknoll lay missionary Maria Montello says she was hooked on the desire to serve others, though in some respects she held it at bay for a while.

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From Minnesota to West Africa

From Minnesota to West Africa

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Peace Corps dreams turn into mission reality for St. Paul woman

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