Marge Fenelon

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A Marian Pilgrimage to St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s Shrine

She:kon Skennon ko:wa This is an old Mohawk blessing. Pronounced She:kon (Say go) Skennon ko:wa (Skennin go wah), it means Hello, Great Peace be with you! I could almost hear Saint Kateri Tekakwitha saying those words to me as I visited her...

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For Your Lenten Reading: Lift Up Your Heart

I’ve long been a fan of St. Francis de Sales. He is, after all, the patron saint of writers and journalists – a score for me on both counts. He also is the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, my home diocese. Now I have a reason to...

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A Visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Martyrs in Auriesville, New York

It’s one thing to read about martyrs. It’s another thing to walk the ground upon which they shed their blood. The Shrine of Our Lady of the Martyrs in Auriesville, New York, is my most recent stop on my Marian Pilgrimage across the United...

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What the New CARA Study Tells Us About US Catholic Women

A recently-published study by CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) raises concern for me about the role of US Catholic women in the Church. The study, Catholic Women in the United States: Beliefs, Practices, Experiences, and...

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Feeling Down? Let the Holy Family Adopt You

There was a period of time after my dad died that I felt lonely and alone, especially during the holidays. Dad passed away when I was 15, my siblings were grown and out of the house and I was left at home with my mom. Those were tough years and...

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‘The Angel of the Lord Declared Unto Mary’

I was completely unfamiliar with the Angelus until I met my husband. We had never prayed it in my childhood home, and even though I went to a Catholic grade school, it was not prayed there, either. I knew it existed, but the first time I actually...

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How to Explain the Immaculate Conception to a Skeptic

For many, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is the hardest to believe of all the Church’s teachings. The idea of Mary having been completely sinless can be hard to believe and even misinterpreted. That’s why knowing how to explain it to...

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When Bad Memories Make It Hard to Give Thanks

It’s been going on for some time already. The social media posts, web links, commercials and print advertisements that announce it’s time to gear up for Thanksgiving. They assure us that, if we shop at the right super market, use the right...

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This Church-Museum is a Precious Gem

In my travels, I’ve seen a lot of museums, but I’ve never seen one quite like St. Martin Catholic Church in Starkenburg, Missouri. The museum is a church and the church is a museum. It’s fascinating. In 1847, German settlers from Hermann,...

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So It Begins: Forgiveness, Healing, and Peace

So it begins. Yesterday, the UPS driver dropped a large, heavy box at my doorstep. I saw him drive up, and watched as he slid the box onto my front porch. I watched him drive away, still standing in my kitchen, motionless. I knew what was inside...