Friday, March 29, 2013

A Crusade for a friend

from MuskegoPatch.Com -

Muskego Teen Plays All-Star Game for Safe Haven at Children's Hospital

Muskego's Matt Degner calls his high school football career "picture perfect," and hopes to have it make a difference for other teens at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, one of whom has been a good friend
by Denise Konkel
As a senior at Catholic Memorial High School, Matt Degner of Muskego realizes his last four years have been idyllic.

"Winning a state championship, making honorable mention all-state, earning multiple scholarships, and on pace to graduate. What more could I ask for?" he said of his time in high school and playing football. "Playing in this game is hands down the perfect way to wrap up what has already been a picture perfect high school career."

"This game" is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-Star Game, which will take place in Oshkosh, chosen from over 600 high school football players are nominated to play in the game. Degner will play on the South team against the North in the Large School game.

Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin is sponsoring the entire game, and in being selected to play, players were asked to fundraise on behalf of Childrens Hospital. The amount raised this year will go towards a "teen room" at the hospital, which is seen as a doctor-free, medication-free zone to give teen patients a little respite from their issues.

The room will consist of multiple televisions, multiple gaming systems such as Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The room will also consist of multiple tables for patients who enjoy arts and crafts, writing, and a lot more. Comfortable furniture will be purchased, such as beanbag chairs and couches.

"The thing I find most remarkable about this room is the fact that no medical testing can be performed," Degner said. "The room will be strictly for relaxation. The room is almost a 'safe haven' for the patients. They do not have to worry about getting shots or any other kinds of medical procedures. It gives patients an opportunity to be a teenager rather than being just a patient."

Giving back for a friend

Degner's interest in Children's Hospital is at a personal level as well. A friend he's known since kindergarten, Muskego resident Andy Stasik, "pretty much lived at the hospital as a child," according to Andy's mom, Linda. Andy has had numerous orthopedic issues, requiring countless surgeries over the years.

"He was a children's champion, and has helped to raise more than $50,000 through his efforts at Al's Run and other fundraisers over the years," she explained.

Stasik received the Molly Burke Courage Award in February at CMH for his efforts, as well as his ability to succeed in the face of adversity.

“Andy has experienced the surgeries, pain medication, therapy, and disabilities resulting from SCID (Severe Combined Immune Deficiency),” wrote Steve Plechaty, Dean of Students and Andy’s golf coach at CMH. “Rather than allowing this to discourage him, it compels Andy to make a difference in the lives of others.”

While Degner sent several pictures to Muskego Patch, he requested the one of him and Andy be chosen to publish because "it has the most meaning."

How you can help

As the only Muskego resident selected to play this year, Degner is reaching out to the his community for donations.

"No donation is too small. If anybody is willing to donate, my email is I look forward to working with anyone who is willing to donate," he said.

Although Degner was humbled at the honor of playing, the chance to be a part of helping other teens made it more special.

"I have seen this game played on television for many years and never envisioned myself being part of something so special," he said. "This is truly something special and something I will never forget. My senior year has truly been something special."

Crusader Rugby ranked 8th in the Nation

The Catholic Memorial Varsity Girls Rugby team enters its spring season ranked 8th in the U.S.A, according to one publication.   The full article can be read at Rugby Magazine.  Over Spring Break, the girls travel to the 65th Annual St Louis Ruggerfest on April 6th and 7th, to compete against Broken Arrow High School of Oklahoma and Christian Brothers High School of Tennessee. Girls HS Rankings March 22 2012
Fallbrook (Calif,)
Summit (Colo,)
Kent (Wash.)
Sacramento Amazons (Calif.)
Fullerton (Calif,)
Lakewood (Ohio,)
DSHA (Wisc.)
Catholic Memorial (Wisc.)
Lady Barbarians (Ore.)
Danville (Calif.)
West Carroll (Md.)
Downington (Pa.)
Budd Bay (Wash.)
Snow Canyon (Utah)
Seigel (Tenn.)
Armstrong (Minn.)
Maryville (Tenn.)
Castle Rock (Colo.)
Canby (Ore.)
Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.)

An evening of faith for the Easter season

April 13th 7-9 p.m.
Christ the King Parish
2604 N. Swan Blvd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Arise, a movement of the new evangelization in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, invites you to an evening of praise and worship, adoration, confession, and communal prayer at Christ King Parish. This particular event is the capstone event for 2012-2013

Questions? - Contact Bob Simi at P  414.308.1519;

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter, a new beginning of faith, hope, and charity

Dear friends and family of Catholic Memorial High School,

In the last few weeks much has been said of the differences between our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, and his predecessors.  The Blessed Pope John Paul II was called the “Witness to Hope.”  Benedict XVI was a pre-eminent teacher of the faith.  With the great wisdom of the Holy Spirit, we know that what follows Faith and Hope, is Charity.  Pope Francis has quickly shown us that his will be a ministry of charity.  True charity, such as Caritas in Omnibus, is built on a well-learned and steady faith, and is given vibrant life with zealous hope. 

The Church’s transitions of this season likely made the Lenten journey of each of us more unique and powerful than in the past.   Faith, hope, and charity were considered right alongside prayer, penance, and almsgiving.

At CMH, we pass on the faith in all its strength and clarity.  We are blessed with young people, families, faculty, and staff whose enthusiasm and joy prove that hope does spring eternal.   With faith in hand and hope in our hearts, we form young people who will be servant leaders in the Church and the world.  Mixed with sincere prayer, penance, and almsgiving, we offer back to the Church and the world servant leaders who will live out Caritas in Omnibus.

Whether it is Pope Francis washing the feet of prisoners or Operation Michael teaching us all about homelessness; whether it is students preparing Easter baskets for the Women’s Center of Waukesha or school choice bolstering the future for so many; whether it is a far off pastor, a systemic government policy, or a personal encounter of a teenager – in each, we can have a Lenten and an Easter encounter with Christ. 

Our faith teaches us what we must do in the world to emulate Christ’s preaching.  Our hope enlivens what we can do to mirror Christ’s promise.  Our works of charity are precursors to the transformation that flows from Christ’s resurrection.

I pray that faith, hope, and charity are fruits of your Lenten journey.  I promise you that they are central to the mission of CMH – they are at the core of The Memorial Way!

Every member of the CMH family will be in my prayers when I celebrate Easter mass.  Thanks to all who support, and pray for, CMH each and every day.
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann, '84

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Will Allen visits CMH


Will Allen's venture, Growing Power is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing safe, affordable and healthy foods to communities. Since 1993, we have built community relationships, offered training and hands-on experiences to continue our mission. We are excited to be a national leader of the Good Food Movement and we look forward to the next twenty years!

Growing Power transforms communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through the development of Community Food Systems.  These systems provide high-quality, safe, healthy, affordable food for all residents in the community. Growing Power develops Community Food Centers, as a key component of Community Food Systems, through training, active demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance. 
Will Allen, the Chief Executive Officer believes, "If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community.  I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system." 
Growing Power's goal is a simple one: to grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community

Growing Power began with a farmer, a plot of land, and a core group of dedicated young people.  Today, our love of the land and our dedication to sharing knowledge is changing lives.  

Special thanks to CMH parent Tom Schmitt, with CMH students Meghan and Tyler Schmitt, for his help in bring Will Allen to CMH for this great event.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More about Steubenville that every parent should read.

More on the terrible story of the rape of a teenage girl in Steubenville, OH.

First, a self-proclaimed "feminist" writer hopes that this will be an "Abu Ghraib moment" for our culture.

Second, after we stop rationalizing the crime aspect of the story, we must call some things what they are - Sin!

A Lenten act of Caritas

CMH students Matt Morris, Jett Siegenthaler, Tony Balistrieri, Eric Brown, Robby Gogin, Jonathan Reitz, Stephanie Smith & Sara Wolf, along with HA student Joey Balistrieri assembled over 100 Easter Baskets for the kids living at the Joy House in Milwaukee, and the Women's Center in Waukesha. 


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Catholic Memorial Crusaders want to improve
Graduation has hurt CMH
Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Brian Johnson has overseen a lot of improvement.

And the third-year Catholic Memorial High School softball coach is hoping that trend will continue. CMH was 1-19 the year before Johnson took over, and the Crusaders went 6-14 in his first season. CMH was 13-10 in 2012.

But the Crusaders graduated some talented players.

“Our offensive numbers have improved in each of the last two years, and we expect that trend to continue,” Johnson said. “With such a young team, we do believe we will struggle defensively.”

CMH averaged 7.1 runs per game last season after averaging 5.7 the year before. The Crusaders scored 2.25 runs per game in 2010.

Defense also has improved at CMH, as the Crusaders allowed 6.5 runs per game in 2012, 9.2 in 2011 and 10.2 in 2010.

CMH won two WIAA Division 2 playoff games last season, beating Racine St. Catherine’s and perennially strong New Berlin Eisenhower.

The Crusaders lost four year shortstop Lauren Krolikowski to graduation. She hit .457 and drove in 28 percent of the team’s runs. CMH also graduated honorable mention all-Classic 8 Conference first baseman Rebecca Stekiel and second baseman Morgan Schneider.

Memorial returns only five players from last year.
“This is a rebuilding season for us, as we will start two sophomores and three freshmen,” said Johnson, who will start the season with only nine players as a 10th player is rehabbing from a knee injury.

Senior center fielder Tia Johnson was a second team all-conference pick
last season, while senior pitcher Rachel Ramthun and junior first baseman/third baseman Mari Klement received honorable mention.

Senior left fielder Nikki Lee and sophomore catcher Mary Kate Sauer also return.

Ramthun is beginning her fourth varsity season, and Johnson noted, “We are solid with our other two seniors, Nikki Lee and Tia Johnson, roaming left and center field, respectively,”
Brian Johnson said. “Mari Klement, our lone junior, will anchor our otherwise untested infield.”

The coach pointed to sophomore infielder Quinn Schneider, freshman utility Hannah Smith, freshman infielder Maria Fernandez and freshman outfielder Brenna Lewandowski as newcomers who should contribute
this season.


Photo credits: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman  -- (top right) Catholic Memorial senior Tia Johnson was a second-team all-Classic 8 Conference center fielder last season.   (upper left) Catholic Memorial junior infielder Mari Klement received honorable mention all-Classic 8 Conference honors last season.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Do you know a future CMH student who wants to play in our Championship Football program

Welcome CMH Football player and family!

My name is Coach Matt Bergan and I would be happy to assist you in any questions you may have about Catholic Memorial and our Football Program.

I have put together a list of resources as your start your Catholic Memorial journey:

1.       Make sure you get all forms filled out before football season which will come quick! Here is where you can find them.
  Sign up for Summer Strength with the rest of the FB team!
 Fill out Frosh Registration that is attached.
Follow @CMHFootball on Twitter!

We are so thrilled to have you as a part of our rich football tradition here at CMH!


-Coach Bergan

CMH student recieves art award

Ellen Moyer, CMH 2013, has won a Silver Medal in the National Competition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held in New York for her drawing entitled, “Posting a Ball.”

Let us begin the holiest week of the year.

At CMH, the start of Holy Week means an all school liturgy.  Joining us to preach today was Deacon Philip Schumaker.  If all goes according to plan, Deacon Phil will be ordained a priest in two months times.

We thank Deacon Phil for his inspiring words and we pray for him in the last days of his preparation for the priesthood.

A nice note from a CMH alum parent...

 Fr. Paul,
Just a little sign of hope for our future...
Was out tonight with some of my adult kids and a large group of their friends at a bar for the Marquette b-ball game tonight.  Before the game started we had a large group of 20 something's all discussing not just the passion gospel for Palm Sunday (yea, some were complaining about how long it was, but you know what that means...they had all gone to mass tonight!), but several were into a heck of a lot more detail than I could have mustered.  Comments such as, "well aren't we doing Luke's gospels this year?  His passion gospel is a lot shorter than the other one's".  Huh?  How would somebody know that?!?
Most of these kids were the product of Catholic High Schools (in particular at least 4 or 5 CMH grads) and Jesuit colleges (Marquette and Creighton were represented).  Made me feel pretty good.
Enjoy Palm Sunday!

Friday, March 22, 2013

CMH Students Advance in State Music Competition

The Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festivals was held this past week-end. This year, 50 students participated with 27 events receiving Division I ratings, and 17 of those student performances advancing to State!

Congratulations to the following students who are participating in State competition:

-Mary Biedlingmeier (Bb Clarinet Quartet)
-Jenny Denardis (Bb Clarinet Solo; Bb Clarinet Quartet; Violin/Clarinet Duet)
-Laura Ellingen (Soprano Solo)
-Mitchell Fagan (Classical Guitar Solo)
-Miranda Fritz (Flute Trio)
-Shannon Fuller (Soprano Solo; Music Theater-Female Role)
-Sarah Gorczany (Bb Clarinet Quartet)
-George Kowalski (Parade Drum Solo)
-Haley Lange (Bb Clarinet Quartet)
-Kiara Lee (Flute Trio)
-Kathryn McGinn (Music Theater-Female Role)
-Jessica Pawlak (Soprano Solo; Music Theater-Female Role)
-Mitchell Piacsek (Piano Solo)
-Kelli Piatt (Oboe Solo)
-Marie Polaskova (Flute Trio)
-Frank Seipel (Trumpet Solo)
-Chris Setzke (Eb Alto Saxophone Solo)
-Kaitin Trokan (Violin/Clarinet Duet)
-David Wittman (Piano Solo)



Thursday, March 21, 2013

CMH Alum Condit finishes Ironman

Fr Paul,
As a very proud mother, I thought you might be interested in the following:
Jeff Condit '09 competed in a half Ironman in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday, March 17.  In a field of 1200 athletes he finished 62nd overall and 2nd in his age group.  In addition to training for this event, he is a full time student at Marquette University in his last semester studying Exercise Physiology.  He holds down a job at the university, and has his own business, Custom Athlete Developement - endurance training for the individual. 
Anita Condit

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Time to start planning for your child's summer!

Enrich the summer of your son or daughter by registering for rich, learning experiences at Catholic Memorial High School!

Catholic Memorial’s Summer Learning Academy offers 27 camps for students entering grades 1 through 12.  Camps include Christian service, reading, writing, math, science, engineering, athletics, and both the fine and performing arts. 

For more information, call 262-542-7101 and ask for Summer Learning Academy information; or visit and follow the Summer Learning Academy link; or use this link for the list of all classes and the registration form:

UWM Leadership visits CMH

Today, key leadership from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee visited CMH.  Above, Chris Benyousky and I are showing the Academic Resource Center (ARC) to UWM Provost Johannes Britz and Chancellor Michael Lovell.

UWM is most interested in the work we are doing at CMH in interdisciplinary learning as well Project Lead the Way  and ICE (Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepeneurship). 

Also touring CMH were the UWM Dean of Education, Carol Colbeck, and Alberto Maldonato, UWM Recruitment Coordinator.

UWM officials were very impressed with CMH and wish to pursue closer ties in the areas of facluty development, innovation resources and programming, and international students.

One of the World's Most Influential People comes to CMH

Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, Inc. to Visit CMH

The excitement is "growing" as the date nears for a visit from our special guest, Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, Inc., next Tuesday. Last summer the Junior Crusaders for Service from CMH’s Summer Learning Academy, got a firsthand look at the facility when they toured Growing Power, a farm and community food center located in Milwaukee.

We are pleased to have Mr. Allen visit the Catholic Memorial campus next week. He was Time Magazine's Time 100 World's Most Influential People in 2010 and also the 2008 recipient of the John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation fellowship for his work in urban farming.

Get more information about Will Allen and Growing Power.

+ JMJ +

The Holy See reported that that neither the papal ring nor thecoat of arms of Pope Francis will be ornate. The coat of arms is the same one he used as archbishop of Buenos Aires, with the addition of the papal symbols of a bishops' miter and gold and silver-crossed keys.

A gold star representing the Virgin Mary, and the nardo, a grape-like plant with which St Joseph is often represented, are painted on a bright blue background. Above them is the emblem of Francis' Jesuit order. Together the three represent Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The papal ring is in gold-plated silver and was originally offered to Paul VI in the 1960's.

The Vatican also unveiled the coat of arms and motto Francis will use - which remain the same as those he used as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

The Holy Father’s motto will be miserando atque eligendo (Latin for “because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him”), a phrase taken from a homily by the Venerable Bede, an 8th century English monk, describing Jesus’ call to Matthew, the tax collector, to follow him. For Francis, the phrase evokes his own calling to become a priest, which he felt as a 17-year-old, the Vatican said.

"The motto recalls Pope Francis's personal vocation and he wanted to keep it," Fr Lombardi said.

BOYS TRACK: Small CMH boys squad prepares for postseason

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Small CMH boys squad prepares for postseason
It’s hard for Crusaders to compete in conference

By Daniel Mike - Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – John Gabelbauer spends most of the spring preparing his athletes for the end of May.

While the Catholic Memorial High School boys track and field teams lack the depth to compete in the Classic 8 Conference, most of the season is preparation for Division 2 competition.

“Our really good guys love to compete against their really good guys, and that just makes us better,” Gabelbauer said of facing Classic 8 teams. “Whether we can beat them or not, we’re preparing for regionals, sectionals and state.

“We know we can’t win the conference championship, but we’re going to offer them the best competition
we can and get our guys ready for the end.”

Leading this year’s team will be seniors Sam Tiahnybik and Matt Hubley. Tiahnybik finished second in the 400 meters and fourth in the 200 at last year’s WIAA Division 2 state meet. Hubley was a state qualifier in the 100.

“Those are the big guns,” Gabelbauer said of Hubley and Tiahnybik.

CMH also returns senior Sam Holt (1,600 and 3,200), senior Dan Grau (400 and 800), junior Jacob Piette (400 and 800), senior Matt Degner (throws) and junior Mitch Urich (throws).

Gabelbauer is confident sophomores Andrew Hirsch (1,600 and 800), Robbie Gogin (jumps), Joe Novak (1,600 and 3,200) and Tony Balistreri (throws) will become key contributors this season.

“We’re strong in the 100, 200 and 400. Those will be solid,” Gabelbauer said. “This could be our best group of distance runners since (John) Luterbach was here. Throws is a work in progress. Those technical events, it takes some time to develop.”

Gabelbauer expects Hubley and Tiahnybik to get back to the state meet and added, “We’ll see if we can add a few more pieces.”

Gabelbauer admitted getting newcomers to run longer distances is sometimes a challenge with his team, as many of the CMH athletes also compete in other sports.

“If you look at all our young guys, everyone wants to be a sprinter,” Gabelbauer said. “Nobody wants to do the 400 or 800 anymore.

“Most of those guys are football players and want to get faster. We try to take care of that as best we can.”


At a glance

Catholic Memorial High School boys track and field team

John Gabelbauer 2012: eighth in Classic 8 Conference meet; 18th at WIAA Division 2 state meet

Athletes to Watch:
seniors Sam Tiahnybik (second in 400, fourth in 200 at state) and Matt Hubley (state qualifier in 100) Other Returning Letterwinners:

seniors Sam Holt (1,600 and 3,200), Dan Grau (400 and 800) and Matt Degner (throws); juniors Jacob Piette (400 and 800) and Mitch Urich (throws)
Promising Newcomers: sophomores Andrew Hirsch (1,600 and 800), Robbie Gogin (jumps), Joe Novak (1,600 and 3,200) and Tony Balistreri (throws) Coach Gabelbauer’s Classic 8 Favorites: Arrowhead and Mukwonago



Friday, March 15, 2013

Vocations are everyone's responsibility.

Archdiocesan vocations director, Fr. Luke Strand, spent part of the morning visiting with students and answering questions in the ARC.  For lunch, Fr. Luke and I hand lunch in the rectory with ten CMH students who were recommended in January's Called by Name process as have the qualities and traits of a potential future priest.

The lunch was great for the conversation, and the chance to witness the faith and maturity of these fine young men.

Scenes from last week's very successful Crusader Auction - NOLA Nights

 The evening started with mass in the CMH Theater.

Student volunteers make all the difference.

 CMH families are part of our strength and success.

Dinner is served.

CMH Board President, Scott Laske, is "all jazzed up" about CMH because his letter jecket still fits.

 More than 430 people attended this great event.

Fund the Future, just one part of the evening, raised $75,000 for CMH.

 The CMH Jazz band entertained the crowds throughout the evening.

Special thanks to our Auction manager, Michelle Vandenhouten, and co-chairs Traci Huntsman-Piatt and Jodi Jacobson.

Dr. Hall closes the night celebrating (and singing!) with students.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Another day, another news truck at CMH


Media wants to know what CMH students think of new pope

Yesterday, in addition to the already posted coverage by the Waukesha Freeman, both Channel 4 and Channel 6 news were here at CMH to get student reaction to the announcement of the election of Pope Francis.

Channel 4 was back again this morning and should have a story posted by noon today.

Once again, CMH is the standard that the rest of the world wants to kow about.

CMH Cheers the new Holy Father

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

‘Habemus papam!’
CMH students, teacher react to election of Pope Francis

By Josh Perttunen Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The atmosphere in the auditorium at Catholic Memorial High School was expectant Wednesday. Students spoke in hushed but excited tones while keeping their eyes glued to the large screen in the center of the venue. A live stream of the Vatican
had settled on the balcony where the new pope would be announced to the world.

More excitement than last election, says teacher

When Pope Benedict XVI was named to his position on April 24, 2005, Catholic Memorial French teacher Meghan Bachtel was a
freshman in high school. Observing this group of students as they saw Jorge Mario Bergoglio emerge as Pope Francis, the 266th man to lead the Roman Catholic Church, she said the energy felt different than it did nearly eight years ago.

'This level of excitement didn’t happen last time,' the teacher said, noting that there had been no cheering and no big screen. 'It is cool to see the entire community come together like this.' The energy shift could have resulted because a living pope was passing his hat to his successor, she said.

Hoping for inclusion

Or it could be because of the perceived shift in the position, as the new pope is the first non-European to be selected in more than 1,200 years, the first Latin American and the first to take the name Pope Francis.

Minutes before the announcement was made, students discussed what qualities they’d like to see in a pope.

'I hope they go off the beaten path a little bit and select a minority pope or a liberal pope,' said sophomore Kellie Minick. 'It’s really important for the Catholic Church to expand its reach. To show that it isn’t just the religion of white, Italian men.' Her classmate Faustina Jones, a sophomore, agreed.

'The next pope should be holy, inclusive of others, wise and experienced,' she said.

'The Catholic Church is all inclusive and they need to show that,' Minick added.

Classmate John Anderson said he’d like a pope who was active enough to visit Catholics around the world in the spirit of inclusion.


A ‘universal pastor’
Priests in Waukesha County, Milwaukee, Rome discuss new pope

By Gregg Wandsneider, Special to The Freeman

MUSKEGO – As white smoke billowed from the Vatican yesterday afternoon, the students at St. Leonard’s School in Muskego were glued to a live feed from Rome, Italy to find out who would be the 266th pope, the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Rev. Dan Janasik, parish administrator at St.
Leonard’s, was watching with the students. He talked about the “aura of mystery” surrounding the papacy.

“There is this fascination with things that are bigger than ourselves,” said Janasik.

St. Leonard’s was scheduled to celebrate a Mass tonight to pray for the 115 cardinals as they deliberated over their next Holy
Father. Instead, they will celebrate Mass to pray for the newly elected Pope Francis.

Janasik describes the pope, originally from Argentina, as a holy, simple and humble man who has a commitment to the poor.

It is true that many in Wisconsin, including Janasik, were “rooting for” New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, former archbishop of Milwaukee. Janasik lived with Dolan at St. Francis Seminary. The Rev. Paul Hartmann, president of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, also knew Dolan very well.

“Catholics want their church to be vibrant, enthusiastic and optimistic,” said Hartmann. “Cardinal Dolan reflects that.”

“It was always a longshot for an American to be considered for the papacy,” stated the Rev. Steve Avella, who has been teaching history at Marquette University in Milwaukee for the past 24 years.

It is Avella’s hope that the new pope can “lead by example” a generation of people in their 20s and 30s who have become skeptical of organized religion and that he will “respond with grace” to the complexities that face us.

Hartmann believes the new pope “will bring a sense of a church that is far more universal than what we’ve seen before.”

The Rev. Jacob Strand, a Dousman native who now serves at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, calls the pope a “universal pastor.

“For Catholics, Rome isn’t that far away,” said Strand.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus Papem!

Thanks be to God!

All prayers and blessings go out to His Holiness, Pope Francis.

Be sure to tune in to the news coverage on channels 4 and 6 and in the Freeman who all had reporters and cameras at CMH to get reaction from students.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

So it begins...

CMH’s Sabin Player of Year for Classic 8 boys basketball

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School senior Ty Sabin was selected the Player of the Year in boys basketball for the Classic 8 Conference.

Senior Nathan Tanguay and junior Dominic Cizauskas from co-champion Mukwonago were firstteam selections along with senior Kenny Finco from cochampion Arrowhead. Waukesha North junior Cory Michaelis and Kettle Moraine junior Paul Miller were also first-team selections.

– Freeman Staff

Monday, March 11, 2013

CMH Lenten Reconciliation Service

We are always thankful for the great pastoral support shown to the CMH community by the priests of the area.  Joining us today for the Lenten Reconciliation Service were Fr. Dick Mirsberger, a retired priest of the Archdiocese and great-uncle to two CMH students; Fr. Philip Bogacki, associate pastor of St. John Vianney Parish and a member of the CMH Board of Directors; Fr. Dan Janasik, administrator of St. Leonard Parish, Muskego, and a CMH grad; Fr. Ralph Gross, pastor of St. Bruno Parish; Fr. Chuck Wrobel, associate pastor of Holy Apostles; and Fr. Dick Meivessen, a Redemptorist priest from their retreat house in Oconomowoc.

Fr. Chuck Wrobel proclaimed the Gospel for us, it was the parable of the shepherd seeking out the lost sheep.

Fr. Philip Bogacki was our homilist.

Many students are always involved in these prayer services.  Here, senior Christine Smith leads the student body through the Examination of Conscience.

Thanks again to all the priests who came to help with two non-stop hours of confessions.  Special thanks to Mr. Jon Brzeski, Director of Campus Ministry, and the entire Campus Ministry Leadership Team for all of their hard work on all of these prayers services and liturgies.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Freeman Coverage of possible voucher program

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Should voucher schools join annual report card system?
Officials from Montessori School, Catholic Memorial weigh in
Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – As Gov. Scott Walker encourages expanding the statewide school choice program from two school districts to 11, he has said that he would support a separate bill to hold participating private schools to the same accountability measures as public schools.

This means those private schools receiving publiclyfunded vouchers would need to submit all the data necessary for the Department of Public Instruction to generate an annual school report card on them, as is done for each public school.

Montessori director would welcome report cards

Hearing that the expansion could include the area served by the Waukesha School District, Bill Walsh, executive director of the Montessori School of Waukesha, said he would embrace this as a way to measure the school’s performance against others.

“I’m completely in favor of any school that receives public funds participating in the same accountability measures,” he said. “If there’s public funding, it’s reasonable for the public to see the results that schools are producing.”

The report card system that was implemented in public schools for the 2011-12 school year – and disclosed its first results in October 2012 – factors in attendance, chronic absenteeism, and dropout and graduation rates, in addition to scores on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE), improvement on those test scores over time and the size of the gap between specific student groups – such as lowincome students, disabled students or students from differing racial or ethnic backgrounds.

Currently, 15 percent of the Montessori school’s operating budget, or $300,000,is devoted to financial assistance. This assistance can range from 10 to 50 percent of the tuition, depending on need.

“The goal is to make this type of education available to families that couldn’t otherwise afford it,” said Walsh.

In an attempt to make a
Montessori education available to all students, Walsh said, he and his staff have asked for the school to be a non-instrumental charter school in the Waukesha School District, a designation that would allow the school to maintain its autonomy. But this hasn’t happened yet.

As a charter school, the Montessori school would be open to all children and tuition would not be required. Vouchers could accomplish the same thing.

Catholic Memorial president closely monitoring developments

Catholic Memorial High School would also welcome students under the school choice program, even if it meant submitting to the school report card system, said school president Paul Hartmann – providing that the finances worked out and the state’s requirements weren’t at odds with the school’s Catholic mission.

“We’ve always wanted all parents to have these resources,” Hartmann said. “There are families in need outside of Milwaukee and Racine (where the system is in place now). We didn’t expect it would happen so soon.”

If submitting to the report cards is what it would take for all families to have the opportunity to attend Catholic Memorial, Hartmann said, that would be worth it.

“At first glance, we have no problem with the reporting,” he noted. “We feel our students would fare very well. But we would need to know more details on the reporting, including how it’s constructed, how much time it would take and the onus it places on us.”

Hartmann said he understands that the state would attach strings to the publiclyfunded vouchers, including accountability standards.

“If these strings are to ensure academic success or life success, then we wouldn’t have a problem with it,” he said.