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Faith on the field


Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was born and raised in Gretna, La., on the banks of the Mississippi River. Hurricane Katrina sent him and his family north, away from the backyard where he played football, away from his friends, from his church, his school and from everything that is important to an eighth-grade boy.

Their home destroyed, the Lacy family roamed from place to place, at one point living with strangers until they finally saved enough money to move into a trailer home outside Baton Rouge. The transition was difficult for young Lacy, but he focused his energy on football and schoolwork; he later left for college at the University of Alabama where he became the running back for the school’s football team.

After being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2013, Lacy built a new home for his parents.

Program to offer a Catholic response to global warming


In the next month or two, Pope Francis is expected to issue an encyclical on the environment.

In anticipation of this letter from the pope to his bishops, Steven J. Coleman, a Catholic educator with a scientific background, will share his wisdom about climate change and Catholic teachings on the care of creation in a presentation titled “A Catholic Response to Global Warming.”

Alive with the spirit! Church welcomes new pastor


In her home state of Illinois, Jennifer Carlson grew up thinking that Lutheran pastors were always male.

Fast-forward a few years and the Rev. Jennifer Carlson might want to reassess that youthful opinion of her life’s calling.

We’re more than just bags of bones

Editor’s note: Patti Potter Fitchett is a former “Sunday Morning With ...” and “My Turn” columnist for the Kenosha News. A former lay minister, she is working to complete her full licensure as an area funeral director. This new local column will run monthly on the Faith page.

South American itinerary


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit a notoriously violent prison in Bolivia, a flood-prone shanty town in Paraguay and a home for the elderly in Ecuador, during his July 5-12 visit to South America.

The Vatican on Friday released the itinerary for Francis’ second visit to his home continent, a three-nation whirlwind tour featuring 22 speeches that will likely focus on some of the key concerns of his pontificate.

Faith in not believing


Adam V. of Kenosha spent 14 years of his life studying the Bible.

But his intense scrutiny of the book that many in the world revere as holy led him in a different direction than his peers.

FAITH: Lasting Impression


Baptisms are a time for family celebration and when Aiden Cain is baptized Sunday at Salem United Methodist Church, all eyes will be on him and his heirloom baptismal gown.

Little Aiden, who was born Sept. 29, 2014, will be the 19th baby in the Edward Sacco family to receive God’s blessing of baptism while wearing the gown.

Singing the truth


Any musician can get on stage and sing a song. But how often can a musician take his audience from merely listening to being truly moved?

Catholic folk/rock singer-songwriter Kevin Heider believes that if he follows his simple creed of truth in his music, he’ll sow seeds of faith.

Found in translation: German lessons lead to life of prayer, work on theological textbooks


For Dave Augustine of Kenosha, trading knowledge for prayer led him on a path of using his skills for theological academia.

Five years ago, Augustine began learning German from the late Sister Virginia Handrup, SSSF, former teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Academy.

The power of three: Combined Easter service is a multicultural celebration


The good news will be shared at church services throughout Kenosha County as pastors stand at their pulpits recounting the Easter story and the hope for new life.

However, at Immanuel United Methodist Church, the Gospel message won’t just be in English.

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