Diocesan news briefs for July 12, 2018

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Jubilarians served in diocese

Two sisters celebrating their jubilee years have ministered in the Diocese of Superior.

School Sisters of St. Francis Sr. Rose Marie Peters is celebrating her 70th jubilee. Born in Chicago, she received a bachelor’s degree in education from Alverno College, Milwaukee, and a master’s degree in education from Clarke University, Dubuque. In the Diocese of Superior, she taught at Most Precious Blood School in Glidden from 1958 to 1964. She is retired and now serves in the ministry of prayer and presence at Maria Linden Senior Apartments in Milwaukee.

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Sr. Inez Wilmering is celebrating her 75th jubilee. Born in Mishawaka, Indiana, she made her final vows June 24, 1948. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. Louis University, St. Louis, and served at St. Mary Hospital, Superior, as well as at several hospitals in Illinois and Indiana. Retired, she currently lives at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana, where she continues to serve as a volunteer.

New priest serving in diocese

Fr. Yeruva Papi Reddy, ordained April 3, 1995, in the Diocese of Warangal, India, arrived in the Diocese of Superior in late June. He will serve as a parochial administrator at parishes in Glidden, Mellen, Highbridge and Sanborn. He is replacing Fr. Simon Reddy Boyapati, who will return to India in July.

Healing service in Superior

The Superior Area Ministerium is hosting a healing prayer service for the Twin Ports and the Husky refinery in light of the April 28 fire and explosion. The service is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the United Presbyterian Church on 28th Street, Superior. All are welcome.

Bishop’s secretary retires

Patricia Wildenberg, executive secretary to Bishop James P. Powers, retired June 30. Wildenberg has been with the Diocese of Superior since 1992 and has served with three bishops in her career. Diocese of Superior Chancellor Deb Lieberg is serving as the bishop’s executive secretary.

Guilty plea in embezzlement case

Deb Marcellus, former development director for St. Joseph, Rice Lake, has pleaded guilty to felony counts of wire fraud and filing a false income tax return in U.S. District Court. She was charged with stealing $818,000 from the church and failing to report that income on her taxes. She will be sentenced Oct. 2 in Madison.

Dan Blank, director of administrative services for the Diocese of Superior, made this statement on behalf of the diocese: “This guilty plea moves the case another step closer to closure. However, it is not easy to just close the impact of the tremendous theft of money – and trust. I give Bishop Powers and Fr. Ed Anderson a lot of credit for representing the church and attending a very emotional court hearing, where Ms. Marcellus made statements admitting her guilt and stating her remorse for betraying Bishop Powers and stealing from the church. I hope everyone in the diocese continues to pray for justice, and for Ms. Marcellus, and especially pray for and support Bishop, Fr. Ed and the Rice Lake congregation as they, and we all, recover from this horrible case.”

Catholic media in Green Bay

Catholic communicators representing newspapers, magazines, book publishers, broadcasters and websites from around North America and beyond were in Green Bay from June 13-15 for the Catholic Media Conference. The three-day conference, hosted by the Catholic Press Association and the Diocese of Green Bay’s newspaper, The Compass, was held at the KI Convention Center. The keynote speaker this year was Nataša Govekar, Ph.D., director of the theological-pastoral department of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication. Superior Catholic Herald editor/reporter Anita Draper and office manager/editorial assistant Marcy Kasper attended.

NCCW leadership training

The National Council of Catholic Women Leadership Training and Development Team will present a day of learning, prayer and formation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, La Crosse. The goal of the event is to bring together Catholic women to listen, discuss, learn and share how leadership works together. Cost is $30 and includes lunch. More at sdccw.me.

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