Knights donate ultrasound machine

Pregnancy center in Mason City receives new technology

By Karen Byrne | Mason City Correspondent

IMG_4245MASON CITY — Thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, the Caring Pregnancy Center in Mason City, an agency founded on Christian values, has a new pro-life tool.

The Knights recently donated a 3-D/4-D ultrasound machine to the organization. Msgr. John Hemann, a retired priest of the Dubuque Archdiocese, blessed the ultrasound machine on a bright sunny spring day March 15. Speaking before a group of Knights of Columbus, … Continue reading…

Bringing good news to radio airwaves

Relevant Radio & EWTN programs on new DBQ station

By Dan Russo | Witness Editor

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADUBUQUE — People searching for some­thing to listen to on the radio in the Dubuque area may have been surprised recently to come across the sound of people praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet or a call-in talk show on common questions about the Catholic faith.

That’s because a new presence is on the airwaves. Since Feb 24, KCRD 98.3 FM has been broadcasting 24 hours a day. The low-watt … Continue reading…

New school building blessed

Marshalltown site merges students from two parishes

By Bennet Goldstein | Special to The Witness

archbishop blessingMARSHALLTOWN — Under sunbeams that blazed through a window high above his head, Archbishop Michael Jackels stood atop a mechanical lift, addressing the crowd that surrounded his improvised pulpit.

“Today, we ask God’s blessing on this school of seeking, learning and teaching,” he said. “We ask that those interested in the education of children or young people in this institution may teach their students how to join the discoveries of … Continue reading…

‘Pope Francis House’ coming to Cedar Rapids

By Dan Russo | Witness Editor
January 29, 2015

CVHFH PictureCEDAR RAPIDS – Pope Francis will soon have a new home in Cedar Rapids. There’s no need to roll out the welcome wagon for him, though, since he won’t be moving to Iowa to live in it.

An anonymous donor recently pledged enough money to the Cedar Valley affiliate of Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a low income family in Cedar Rapids that will be named in honor of the pope. The … Continue reading…

A March for Life Essay

By Madeline Rhomberg | Special to The Witness

Madeline Rhomberg, an eighth-grade student from Aquin Catholic School in Cascade, won first place in the eighth grade category in the National March for Life essay contest, beating thousands of other entries from around the country. Below is her work:

Madeline RhombergOn a beautiful October night in Iowa, the crisp air blows against my face, leaves crunching under foot, and the sweet smell of the countryside as the sun begins to set over the horizon. I have … Continue reading…

Teachers create first Catholic Edcamp

Event will be held Jan. 31 at Mt. Mercy University

By Mindy Cairney | Special to The Witness

January 15, 2015

IMG_1505 01CEDAR RAPIDS — The first Catholic Edcamp in the nation will debut Jan. 31 at Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, just in time for Catholic Schools Week.

Edcamp is a hot, new movement sweeping the nation. Started in Philadelphia in 2009, Edcamps are essentially an “unconference” for teachers and other educators that take all the exciting things about an education-based conference — new learning, … Continue reading…

A deeper look at migration in the Dubuque Archdiocese

By Dan Russo | Witness Editor

January 9, 2015

Tracy MorrisonDUBUQUE — The wall-to-wall media coverage of the thousands of unaccompanied minors from South and Central America crossing the U.S. border this past summer may be a distant memory to some, but migration is an ever-present reality, around the world and right around the corner.

“We continue to learn of more unaccompanied minors here in our archdiocese,” said Tracy Morrison, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Dubuque Archdiocese. “Our total is right around 15 … Continue reading…

Obituary: Reverend Monsignor Robert R. Vogl

VoglRev.MsgrRobertReverend Monsignor Robert R. Vogl, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa entered the kingdom of Heaven on Saturday December 27, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, with Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels, Archbishop of Dubuque officiating and Rev. Msgr. James O. Barta as homilist. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa at a later date. Friends may call after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, December … Continue reading…

Marquette breaks ground on new building

Construction part of a three phase plan

By Dan Russo | Witness Staff Writer

December 3, 2014

High School drawing

BELLEVUE — Construction crews recently dug the foundation and began pouring concrete for a building that will become the new home of Marquette Catholic High School in Bellevue next fall.

Completing the 7,200 square foot addition, which will include six classrooms, is the first step in a three phase plan that will enhance facilities for about 320 Catholic school students in pre-school through 12th grade. The … Continue reading…