Finding self through service: The experience of long-term volunteers

BOSTON (CNS) — In a fairly industrial-looking part of South Boston, four women gathered in a classroom at the Notre Dame Education Center. It was time for their twice-per-week math lessons with AmeriCorps volunteer Nason Heywood, 29. The students were reviewing addition and subtraction concepts, working through the sometimes complicated processes of carrying 10s and…

Minnesota beer company celebrates 15 years of feeding the hungry

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — In the purchase and subsequent consumption of what’s playfully dubbed “Irish Holy Water,” fans of Finnegans beer are feeding the hungry in Minnesota, which has included clients of Catholic Charities in the past. Since its beginning 15 years ago, the Minneapolis-based beer company has centered its business model on the…

Church historian: Pope, radical reformer, has enemies in, out of church

EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) — Pope Francis is a radical reformer who is facing enemies — inside and outside of the church — opposed to at least some parts of his agenda, said a prominent church historian. Massimo Faggioli, an expert on the Second Vatican Council and the author of several books, said the pope is…

Minnesotan named as a winner in first ‘Imagine+Nation’ video contest

DENVER (CNS) — Winners have been chosen in the first-ever “Imagine+Nation” video contest jointly sponsored by Dynamic Catholic and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Rob Kaczmark of Chicago took first place for his documentary “Limit Break — BMX,” while Cameron O’Hearn of St. Paul, Minnesota, took second place for “Who Do You Want to…

Let it snow

Dec. 6, 2013, edition Mary was blanketed with snow on the morning of Dec. 3 near Randall, where about eight inches of the fluffy white stuff came down. Tony Wenzel, a member of St. James Parish, took this picture of the statue in his backyard. Photo courtesy of Tony Wenzel

Albany students join others across diocese in annual fundraiser

Oct. 25, 2013, edition In Albany, students at Holy Family School participated in a variety of service activities for the Service-A-Thon on behalf of Catholic education. The activities included making blankets, placemats and decorations for several organizations, making crafts for the school’s carnival,cleaning the church, cemetery and grounds, cleaning the school grounds and playing Bingo…

Facts, figures and fun

When Bishop Donald Kettler first arrived in Alaska in 2002, he may have been called “cheechako,” or newcomer. Here is a comparison of facts and figures between his current assignment in the Diocese of Fairbanks and those in the Diocese of St Cloud, where he will serve after his Nov. 7 installation as bishop of…