Student’s essay takes second

Andrew Farm, an eighth-grader from St. Joseph School, Rice Lake, has won second place in the Knights of Columbus’ statewide Culture of Life essay contest. The 2016 topic was, “Is it ethical to use aborted fetal tissue for bio-research?” Farm, whose essay was titled “Aborted Fetal Tissue,” received a silver medal, gift card and certificate.

Catholic school teacher wins fellowship

Deb Cline, first and second-grade teacher at Our Lady of the Lake, Ashland, is the recipient of the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award from the Herb Kohl Education Foundation. The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in Wisconsin. Its goal is to support teachers in the pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development. Cline will receive $3,000 to use in her classroom for improved student learning. She will receive the award in Eau Claire at the end of April. A feature story on Cline will follow in an upcoming issue of the Catholic Herald.

Way of the Cross

St. Theresa, Three Lakes, and St. Kunegunda, Sugar Camp, invite everyone to the Way of the Cross presented by parish youths. The event is at the Three Lakes High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. April 12.

Holy Cross Sisters sponsor Reflection Day

The Holy Cross Sisters are sponsoring a Reflection Day Saturday, April 29, in the Clare Center, 1600 O’ Day Street, Merrill.

Presenter is Pat Pintens from Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae. The topic is “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.”  This event will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Through prayer, presentations and activities, we will explore our relationship with, our duty toward, and our glad response to the Earth,” Pintens said.

Cost is $22. Call 715-539-1460 to request a registration form or visit Registration deadline is April 24.

Audrey Assad concert in St. Paul

A prominent Christian recording artist will perform in the Twin Cities in May to raise money for a local charity.

A fundraiser for Partners 4 Hope Tanzania, the Concert 4 Hope with Audrey Assad is at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul.
Tickets can be purchased at

Partners 4 Hope Tanzania is a Catholic organization created to meet the needs of the Diocese of Same, Tanzania, by providing parish partnership programs and development-project funding for Catholic missions and hospitals.

Hudson physician Dr. Mark Druffner and his wife, Molly Druffner, founded Partners 4 Hope in response to an East African priest’s request for help.

In the past three years, the organization has given out 28 scholarships for medical, nursing, and secondary school students. The Woman-2-Woman Project has provided more than 100 micro-loans for women to start new businesses.

The organization has also raised money through fundraisers and performances to purchase a new ambulance, an ultrasound machine, and digital x-ray machine.

Partners 4 Hope also facilitates partnerships between Diocese of Same parishes and parishes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A new church, St. John the Baptist, is currently being built with the sponsorship of St. John the Baptist, New Brighton, Minnesota. The newly constructed St. Joseph Vocational School, where youths learn trades in construction, brick-making, welding, stone-cutting, and tailoring, was funded by partner parishes in Stillwater, Minnesota.

The organization’s goal is to pair 22 parishes in the Diocese of Same with parishes in Wisconsin and Minnesota. To learn more about parish partnerships, contact Molly Druffner, 715-781-8936, or .

Feeling poetic?

The Catholic Herald is now printing poetry submissions!

Criteria: Poems must be faith-related, written and submitted by a member of a Diocese of Superior parish, and no longer than 100 words.

Please submit poem, parish and name to: .