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GoFundMe for hurricane victims
Students and teachers from Cathedral School, Superior, continue their fundraising effort for victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Amber Nielsen, fifth-grade teacher, is leading the service-learning project. “As I called south to different parts of Texas and Florida, the stories you hear are heartbreaking,” Nielsen wrote in an email to fellow diocesan educators. “The hardest was to a small Catholic School in Port Arthur, Texas. They literally are down to bare walls and floors after the nonstop rain after Harvey. They had 4 feet of standing water in their building. The saddest part is then hearing that many of these students are going home to tents due to their houses being un-
inhabitable.” Money is needed to cover repairs and lapses in insurance coverage, she said; the Port Arthur school needs more than $200,000 to be functional again. Nielsen is asking Catholic schools across the diocese to join the effort. Anyone interested in helping or donating can contact her, or 715-220-2364.

Trafficking toolkit
Wisconsin has some of the highest rates of sex trafficking among U.S. states. Wisconsin bishops were recently given a human trafficking toolkit, Chosen, from the Wisconsin Region of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Bishop James P. Powers asked parishes to use the toolkit for grades seven through 11.

On Oct. 25, Fr. Madanu Lourdu Raju and Sr. Marianna Ableidinger invited parents and students from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Gilman, and St. John’s Catholic Church, Sheldon, to attend a film and discussion on trafficking. Chief Deputy Sheriff Larry Woebekking, Medford, and Carrie Krauczk and Lee Ann Ricca from Abiding Care Center of Medford were invited to lead the adults’ discussion.

Priest posts vocations video
National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 5-11, is an annual weeklong celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education. Recently ordained Fr. Samuel Schneider has created a short video titled “A Day in the Life of a Superior Priest” for NVAW. Visit to view.

Fr. John Anderson recognized
Fr. John Anderson has been recognized with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni award from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Fr. Anderson is a New Richmond native who graduated with a degree in marketing from WITC-New Richmond in 1982. After many years working in different capacities outside of New Richmond, he felt his calling to become a priest. An assignment at Immaculate Conception brought him back to his hometown in 2015. He is very involved in the community as a substitute bus driver and active community choir member. He also serves on the Fine Arts Council and volunteers in many capacities. He strives to promote youth involvement in religious and civic organizations, and is seen regularly at high school sporting events and community festivals. He will be speak at the May 19 WITC graduation ceremonies.

Lyons to retire from diocese
Richard Lyons, retired director of Administrative Services and current part-time director of Finance for the Diocese of Superior, will retire from the position. Lyons was featured in the Superior Catholic Herald last December; the diocese is seeking candidates for the job. The official position description can be found at

Cardinal to preside at Pontifical Mass
Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Wisconsin native, will preside at a Pontifical Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse.

Capuchin’s beatification set for Nov. 18
Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey, who was born and raised in what is now the Diocese of Superior, is being beatified at a 4 p.m. Mass Nov. 18 at Ford Field in Detroit. Tickets are no longer available. The Superior Catholic Herald plans to interview local pilgrims traveling to the event for a future article.