Alum, local priest comes out as gay – Marquette Wire

Marquette alum and Catholic priest Gregory Greiten came out as gay Dec. 17. Photo via Facebook.

Marquette alum and Catholic priest Gregory Greiten came out as gay Dec. 17. Photo via Facebook.

Marquette alum and Catholic priest Gregory Greiten came out as gay Dec. 17. Photo via Facebook.

Marquette alum Gregory Greiten, a Catholic priest in the Milwaukee Diocese, came out as gay Dec. 17.

Greiten was ordained in 1992 after graduating from Marquette with a degree in social work through the university’s seminary formation program in 1987. He is now a priest at St. Bernadette Parish, near Menomonee Falls.

It is rare for a Catholic priest to come out. Greiten wrote a column about his decision for the National Catholic Reporter.

“A few Roman Catholic priests around the world have mustered up the courage to break through the wall of silence and speak the truth about their sexual identity,” he wrote. “Today, I stand with these few courageous priests who have taken the risk to come out of the shadows and have chosen to live in truth and authenticity.”

The news of Greiten’s coming out spread rapidly around the world. He said he was surprised at how quickly he started receiving emails and phone calls.

“It’s amazing how fast people reacted to three small words,” Greiten said. “And I know they’re not small.”

Greiten’s announcement was met with support from his parish and the Milwaukee Diocese. An archdiocese spokesperson said Greiten met with Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki before coming out publicly.

In a statement issued Dec. 18, Listecki expressed the dioceses’ support for Greiten: “We support Father Greiten in his own personal journey and telling his story of coming to understand and live with his sexual orientation … As the Church teaches, those with same-sex attraction must be treated with understanding and compassion.”

Greiten said he has not faced too much negative backlash, but he said facing some criticism is inevitable.

“Of course there are always those people and there always will be those people (who speak out against it),” he said.

“We need healthy role models to be out there to be able to say there’s nothing wrong with being gay and who we are, and to reflect that out to others. That’s important to have those positive role models because it just hasn’t been there,” Greiten said, seen wearing a Marquette sweatshirt for an on-camera interview with TMJ4 outside the Bradley Center before the men’s basketball game Dec. 19.

Homosexual clergy members are a controversial subject within the Catholic church. In his column, Greiten wrote that Pope Francis urged the Christian community to apologize to the LGBTQ community.

“I believe that the church not only must say it’s sorry … to this person that is gay that it has offended … but it must say it’s sorry to the poor, also, to mistreated women, to children forced to work,” Pope Francis said.

Greiten said it wasn’t until his graduate school years that he realized he was gay. He said he came out to himself when he was 24.

As for Greiten’s college experience, he said he loved being at Marquette.

The university had a group for gay students that was just developing, Greiten said. He said he was happy to hear that the university has since expanded their support programs and that there is a center for LGBTQ+ students.

As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette recognizes and cherishes the dignity of each individual regardless of age, culture, faith, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability or social class,” university spokesperson Chris Jenkins said. “Because Catholicism at its best seeks to be inclusive, we are open to all who share our mission and seek the truth about God and the world. In that spirit, we support Rev. Greiten and our alumni from many different backgrounds.”


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How To Plan A Wedding In France Or Germany

Getting married can be hard enough on home turf, in your own country, speaking your own language, but imagine trying to plan a wedding in another country where you don’t speak the language.

“Quel désastre,” as they say in France or as the Germans would say “Was für eine Katastrophe.”

But it doesn’t have to be. By following a few basic guidelines you can throw a destination wedding in either France or Germany.

Know the local laws – There can be lots of red tape to cut through when getting married in a new country. Make sure you are familiar with the local laws and customs.

Provisionally book accommodation – Your guests will be coming from far and wide. Tentatively reserve accommodation that will suit a variety of budgets.

Plan activities – For some of your guests, your wedding is not only a chance to celebrate your nuptials but is also an opportunity to explore a new part of Europe. Put together an itinerary of activities that will allow them to see the best of the area.

Keep things simple – Less is often more. Don’t over complicate things. Whether it be food, decor or the venue the more finicky details, the more room there is for error.

Get a wedding planner – This probably the most valuable piece of advice. It doesn’t matter how strong an idea you have of what you want for your big day, getting married in a country that is not your own, in a language that isn’t your first one can be daunting, to say the least. By employing the services of a wedding planner you can leave all the finer details to them while you get on with the business of getting married.

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Find a venue – This can be one of the most challenging elements of any wedding. The venue can make or break a wedding, and when you are “not in Kansas anymore Toto” it can be a truly terrifying task.

There are several factors to consider before you go venue hunting. Do you want in an indoor or outdoor wedding? Do you want a tented reception? Are you going to get married in a church? Will the celebrations be during the day or at night? How many people? How remote? Will you have a seated reception? Will there be dancing and or entertainment?

If you opt for an outdoor wedding, even if it is a summer wedding, remember that European weather can be somewhat unpredictable. Make sure your venue is suitable for some sort of tented cover. A tented wedding not only looks spectacular but also means that your guests can dance into the small hours of the morning without having to worry about mother nature making an unexpected appearance in the form of bad weather.

Speak like a local – Whether it is research on the internet or interacting with potential wedding suppliers, the idea of communicating in broken English is one that is probably sending cold shivers up your spine. Just imagine ordering 120 baby quail for the starter in your ‘best’ french, only to discover on the day that what you actually ordered was 120 live geese. Make sure you have a good translator! Whether it is Google translator for the various local wedding websites or to decode what the town florist is trying to sell you, the road ahead is paved with obstacles, don’t let language be one of them.

Here are some useful wedding phrases that will help get you started:


Location de chapiteau – Marquee rental

Tente de reception – Reception tent

Passez-moi à l’église à temps – Get me to the church on time

où est le champagne – Where is the champagne?


Festzelt – marquee, party tent or party marquee

Strandhochzeits zelte – Beach wedding tent

Wo ist der priester? – Where is the priest?

Wo ist der Champagner? – Where is the champagne?

Whether you are saying “Je fais” or “Ich mache” don’t let your wedding planning get lost in translation. Follow these guidelines and get hitched without a hitch.

Source by Carola Van Zyl


Catholic priest missing in China’s Lishui diocese

Father Lu Danhua has been out of contact since government officials took him away just after Christmas

Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou was spotted by local Catholics at Wenzhou airport on June 14, 2017. He was being escorted by government officials, said a church source. (Photo supplied)

A Catholic priest in China’s Lishui Diocese remains missing weeks after officials of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) took him from a priests’ dormitory in the eastern province of Zhejiang.

Officials took Father Lu Danhua on Dec. 29 for “re-educating” on new religious regulations, reported quoting a source who sought anonymity.

A witness also said officials claimed they were only taking Father Lu for a brief chat and for him to obtain a permit to be a priest, apparently a reference to official state recognition.

Father Lu, the diocese’s only priest, was ordained by underground Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou on Dec. 14, 2016.

Authorities detained Bishop Shao in May 2017 and released him on Jan. 3.

Responding to inquiries a day after the incident, the SARA claimed Father Lu had already been released.

But diocesan sources said he remains missing and calls to his mobile phone have not been answered.

In a national meeting for religious directors across China in January 2017, SARA’s director Wang Zuoan announced plans to increase requirements because of national security issues.


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Worgen Classes – Knowing The 8 Worgen Classes

Worgen is one of the 2 races that are known to blow a gamers mind. When a player chooses this race, he finds himself choosing 8 Worgen classes. All of these 8 choices are considered to be an exciting choice. It does not matter what a player chooses, all of these types will certainly entertain a gamer.

So what are the different classes of a Worgen? Which class is better? The following classes are:

1.Death Knight

These are the 8 classes that promise gamers to be happy when they are using the Worgen. A online player must remember that when you use the Wolf clan, make sure to upgrade their special skills as soon as possible especially their movement speed and the "flayer" skill.

As you start to play this character, you are still weak, but if you upgrade the 2 skills first regardless what class you choose, it is assured that you can evade attacking enemies if you are not that strong, and at the same time you can level up faster when you have upgraded both.

Many gamers prefer using Druid because of the shape form it can create, but for me the death knight is the top pick. It is simple and the same time they are very deadly. Regardless what you choose, the 8 classes promises gamers a mind blowing experience. Just do not ever forget to upgrade the Flayer and the dark flight skills first.

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Priests’ trip to remote village unites parishes in Africa and Omaha | Living

In summer 2016, a parish priest in Ndongosi, Tanzania, told his parishioners that three Americans soon would visit their small, remote village.

They would be the guests of the Rev. Augustine Gama, a priest of the Archdiocese of Songea in southern Tanzania who came to Omaha several years ago to study at Creighton University. He’s now on loan to the Archdiocese of Omaha as the associate pastor of Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.

Villagers were skeptical about the visit. History had taught them well — no one could recall an American ever stopping in their town. Benedictine missionaries had been serving the region over the years, but they were primarily from Europe.

“They aren’t coming,” parishioners told their priest.

But those three Americans, all priests, did show up. And their trip — along with Gama’s advocacy for his home diocese — will have a lasting impact on at least two poverty-ravished parishes in that country of 55 million people.

Two Omaha Catholic churches, St. Leo and Mary Our Queen, now have “sister parish” relationships with the Ndongosi church and a nearby parish. Similar mission work in Africa is common among both Catholic and Protestant churches, but this is the first such partnership between Omaha parishes and churches in Gama’s archdiocese.

“The people need a sister parish to encourage spiritual growth, to encourage economic growth,” Gama said. “Most live on less than a dollar a day.”

Priests who joined Gama on the trip to Tanzania were the Rev. Craig Loecker, pastor of St. Leo, the Rev. Bill Safranek, pastor of St. Bridget-St. Rose and St. Francis of Assisi, all in Omaha, and the Rev. Marcus Knecht, associate pastor of St. Patrick in O’Neill.

Loecker said the trip was life-changing. The village’s people were warm and joyful despite extreme hardship (it’s one of the poorest locations in the country). They found a place in his heart, and he knew his parish had to help them.

From conversations with Gama, Loecker was prepared for conditions in the village: no running water or electricity; simple diets of rice, beans and maize; no paved roads or cars, just motorcycles. No jobs to speak of — people get along by growing their own food, raising animals and bartering goods and services.

He took along a $1,500 gift from St. Leo for the Ndongosi parish, and was amazed at the response.

“They were quite happy. They fell at my feet and rolled on the ground. Father (Gama) said that’s an expression of joy.”

St. Leo has raised additional funds, bolstered by a $6,000 gift from a parishioner. Money has gone toward repairing a cracked altar floor in the Ndongosi church and supporting seminarians, including a clean water project for the seminary. Priests in the Archdiocese of Songea serve numerous parishes and must walk to each for Sunday Mass and make other trips during the week, so both St. Leo and Mary Our Queen also want to raise money to buy a vehicle for their “sisters.”

A call from Archbishop George Lucas several years ago created momentum toward the Tanzania trip, though none of the parties knew it at the time. Gama needed a place to live while attending Creighton, and Lucas knew Loecker — then pastor of St. Philip Neri in north Omaha — had room. It was perfect for the African priest because he could catch a bus outside the church on North 30th Street and ride directly to classes.

Despite a major culture gap and sharing a house for only six months, the two men became close friends. Loecker helped Gama adapt — the African man knew nothing about cooking or using an automatic washer and dryer. He also asked if he could drink faucet water because all water in his village must be boiled before use.

Gama acknowledged that he found American customs and appliances strange, but he said his biggest adjustment after Tanzania’s temperate climate was Omaha’s bitter winters.

And, he said with a grin, “to have less than five minutes for homilies is hard for me.”

Loecker had generously shared his culture with Gama — they even visited the Loecker family farm near Hartington, Nebraska — and Gama was eager to share his homeland with his brother priest. He started to ask Loecker to accompany him to Tanzania about eight years ago. After saving for the expensive trip, Loecker was ready to go last year. Safranek and Knecht asked if they could tag along.

The reception they received in the village was amazing and gratifying, especially for Loecker. It was the 25th anniversary of his priesthood, and as a surprise, Gama organized a special Mass and reception at Ndongosi for the event. Four African priests, including the vicar general of the archdiocese, celebrated the service with the four visitors from America. Gama told him 20 minutes before the service started.

Even with limited resources, the villagers threw a wonderful party.

“They brought us cake, chicken, beer and champagne,” Loecker said.

And when they presented him with gifts — a dollar bill, livestock or produce, ceremonial dances — it was humbling.

“They’re giving everything they have,” he said.

In the village, Gama explained, the parish is not just church. It’s home. Masses draw crowds, though getting there isn’t easy. When the Americans attended a 6:30 a.m. service at the Cathedral in Songea, about 1,000 worshipers were there, yet the parking lot was empty. Gama said the villagers expressed their love of the church through the anniversary celebration.

“They prepared a feast for someone they’d never seen before,” he said.

Inspired, Loecker gave presentations about Tanzania at St. Leo when he came home and established the sister parish program. He plans to include information about the project in Sunday bulletins, hopes to start a letter-writing exchange between people from St. Leo and Ndongosi and will correspond with the Ndongosi pastor about needs.

He also wants to organize a group of laypeople to coordinate the project so it will live long after he’s transferred to another parish. He’s about halfway through his current assignment.

That sort of group already is in place at Mary Our Queen, where they created a sister relationship with the Ligera parish in Gama’s archdiocese last October. Committee members already have reached out to parishioners who expressed an interest in helping. They’re having a second collection earmarked for Tanzania later this month and Mary Our Queen School will have a “penny war” fundraiser during Catholic Schools Week. Proceeds from a silent auction item at the church’s annual gala also will go toward the cause.

Mary Our Queen sister parish coordinator Katie Sommer said the committee has had several small group discussions about Tanzania in private homes and had an all-church information night about the project in late December.

Providing material aid is important, but it’s not the overall goal of the program, she said.

“The main purpose of the committee is not really to give them things but to form a partnership of solidarity, a cultural and spiritual exchange,” Sommer said. “We want to give them our hearts and give them our friendship.”

For his part, Loecker wants to return to Tanzania in 2019 and take some St. Leo parishioners with him. This time, he wants to further immerse himself and his travel companions in the culture, staying with families in their homes and experiencing their day-to-day life. The trip could change the parishioners’ viewpoints and even their lives, much as his first journey to Africa changed his.

He admits he was apprehensive about the trip. How would he survive without familiar foods, his comfy bed, computers and other creature comforts? For two weeks, he would have no television and no idea what was going on in the world.

Those worries turned out to be unnecessary. It was freeing to live in a news-free environment, and enlightening to witness the deep faith and joy of his Tanzanian hosts despite their lack of modern conveniences. He realized he had been taking some things for granted.

“It made me aware of the abundance that I have, and that sometimes, I can be wasteful,” he said.

Grinding Vs Questing – Which One is Better

Grinding is repeatedly killing the same monster over and over, for experience points (exp), money, or reputation. In World of Warcraft I would not generally recommend grinding for exp, as quests are usually the better alternative. But if you already know all the quests available to your character, because you already played several character of the same faction, grinding might be a quick way to level.

The advantage of grinding over questioning is that you do not lose time traveling from and to the quest givers, or searching your target target. The disadvantage is that you do not get the quest rewards, or the reputation that quests give. But if you are already equipped with the very best gear, advanced by your higher level characters, chances are that you do not need the quest rewards. And the reputation with the major cities that quests give is not strictly necessary either.

The idea of ​​grinding exp is to get the maximum exp per hour. If that sound does not sound obvious to you, you'll be surprised of how many people do not grasp the "per hour" part of it. Many people try to grind monsters of their level, or even a level or two above them, because these monsters give the most exp per kill, but this will do that, not only do the flights take longer, you are also likely to end the combat with less health and / or mana than you started with, necessitating some downtime between fights. So the most important grinding advice is trying to find mobs a bit lower than your level, which still give good exp, but which you can kill a lot faster and with less downtime.

For grinding, you might also need to change your tactics, especially if you are a spell master. For example my priest could kill a monster with spells, but at the end of combat he would be low in mana, and then need to sit down and regenerate it, which takes valuable time. So instead of using spells all the time, he starts the combat with spells (Mindflay, Shadow Word: Pain), then shields himself and finishes the monster off with his wand. That takes a bit longer for the kill, but during the wand phase he regenerates mana, and ends combat with full mana, directly ready for the next pull again. My shaman only uses melee combat and lightning shield to deal damage. If he finds a spot to which he can pull several monsters one after another, he also plants stoneskin and healing totems, which again reduce downtime, by making him have more health at the end of combat. If you have a warrior, experiment with the different situations, sometimes using defensive stance is a good option, because again you end the combat with more health, and have less downtime before the next combat.

I'm not going to give out a list of monsters to grind, because the perfect target for you will depend on your level, your class, and how crowded the most popular grinding spots are. There is no use in trying to grind against strong competition: if your downtime is caused by there not being enough monsters to kill, moves somewhere else. There are some easy principals that make a monster good for grinding: The mob should not be "social", that is you need to be able to pull them one by one. You should choose a mob which does not run away when low in health, because chasing after mobs costs time, and risks aggroing other mobs. Humanoid monsters are often preferable, because they drop cash, and less item loot. If you want to grind beasts, do it not too far away from the next vendor, because you'll lose time when your bags are full and you need to sell your loot.

If you can, grind mobs which give reputation points, for example the furbolgs which give Timbermaw fact. Unfortunately there are not all that many fact giving mobs, and they are usually heavily camped. A good place to look for mobs to grind is the various caves, for example with yeti or ogres, because the mobs there are often close to each other, so you do not have to walk far between two combats. If you happen to be a miner, these caves often also have mineral ores in them, for an added bonus. If you happen to know a quest that requires killing exactly the mobs you wanted to grind anyway, take the quest as bonus reward.

There are a couple of add-ons, like Telo's Infobar, which are able to tell you how many exp per hour you earned in your current gaming session. These are valuable tools in getting grinding right. Finding the optimum between killing speed and exp per kill is not always easy; you'll better experiment a bit. You may need to quickly logout and log back on to reset the counter if you want to test exp per hour of a particular batch of monsters.

As I recommend grinding only if you already have some high-level characters, if you do not start with questing. One of the best tricks to speed up leveling is not to play with the character you want to level. Just go dungeoneering with your mates using your high-level characters for some days, and then come back and grind your alt using the rest exp bonus he accumulated, so doubling your exp per hour. If you grind your low level character all the time, not only will you get less exp per hour, you will also quickly become terribly bored.

Source by Nickolie Greer



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Little boy who was ‘priest for a day’ dies—Aleteia

From St. Louis, this word from Kenrick-Glennon seminary on Facebook:

It is with great sorrow that we mourn the death of 14-year-old Brett Haubrich, who died peacefully last night, January 10th, at home and surrounded by his family. We fondly remember the day when, as his wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Brett joined 11 Kenrick-Glennon seminarians in the 2015 Holy Thursday foot washing ceremony as a “Priest for a Day.” Brett’s love for the Eucharist and priesthood as he battled brain cancer continues to inspire others – a wish for a day will last forever. Please keep Brett and his entire family in your prayers.

The backstory, from the St. Louis Review: 

Make-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches.

When it came time for 11-year-old Brett Haubrich of south St. Louis County to make his wish, he not only listed none of those things but had no request at all.

“He didn’t want anything,” explained his mother, Eileen. “They had to keep asking him, ‘What would you like to do? Do you want to meet anybody? What do you want to be when you grow up?’”

The answer to the last question became part of his wish — what Make-A-Wish calls “wish enhancement” to complement the main wish. The sixth-grader at St. Mark School wants to be a priest, a doctor or an engineer, in that order.

Priest was No. 1

“I said, ‘I really want to be a priest,’” he said.

You have to read it all. There are some gorgeous pictures, too, from Lisa Johnston of the St. Louis Review.

God bless him. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him...

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