Catholic Herald Correspondent
WISCONSIN DELLS -- Many of those returning to Wisconsin Dells for the annual summer program hosted by the Apostolate to the Handicapped were curious about what was to come.
They had heard news reports in June about widespread flooding caused by 12 inches of rain in the state.
Four aspects of event
Traditionally, there are four main segments for participants to look forward to at the summer Apostolate event:
1) The coming together, personal contact, interchange of greetings, and renewal of friendships among over 1,000 disabled persons, with their drivers, caregivers, volunteers, and providers of services to carry out an event on this scale. For some disabled persons, an outing of this type may be a rare and cherished event in and of itself.
2) A Mass celebrated by Msgr. Thomas Campion, founder of the Apostolate 41 years ago, with his personal message to them during the homily, with concelebrating priests from many communities in the Madison Diocese. Their number has varied depending on their individual schedules, with as many as 20 being able to attend. (This day there would be 14.)
3) A tasty "bag lunch" and beverages served by cheerful volunteers.
4) Wonderful entertainment in the form of a 90-minute water ski show by the world famous Tommy Bartlett group.
The first three could and would take place just fine, but what about the fourth?
Many are familiar with the Tommy Bartlett permanent site: covered grandstand for "rain-or-shine" shows, extended seating, concessions, restrooms, and a permanent stage at water's edge, overlooking Lake Delton.
But on June 11, most heard that the unthinkable happened: In a space of a few hours, Lake Delton disappeared! A water ski show without a lake? How can that be? That's a magic show! More on that later. Full story ...
Maureen Duhn named president of Creighton Model organizationBy Kat Wagner
Catholic Herald Staff
CROSS PLAINS -- Local Creighton Model instructor Maureen Duhn was recently elected president of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (AAFCP), an organization founded to promote the Creighton Model of fertility care through education, research, and leadership.
She was inducted as president at the AAFCP annual meeting, held in Rome in June this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae and the 30 years of the education program support of Creighton University School of Medicine.
The organization provides certification for Creighton Model FertilityCare practitioners and educators.
Charter member, teacher
Duhn is a registered nurse through Creighton University and is a charter member of AAFCP, which was founded in 1981.
She and her husband, Jerry, she said, were introduced to the Creighton Model during marriage preparation and have used it ever since.
Director of the FertilityCare Center of Madison, Duhn has been nominated before for the position of president of AAFCP, but she said she has always said no - until this year.
"It's going to be busy," she said, detailing the board meetings she will attend during the year and her role in the organization's fiscal development.
And yet, even as she takes over this new role, she said, she will continue to teach the Creighton Model method.
The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is a method of what is popularly called "natural family planning," understanding fertility to avoid or achieve pregnancy and to watch for early warning signs of women's health issues. Full story ...