St. Vincent De Paul Names New Director; Court Won't Dismiss Priest Sex Abuse Case

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 24, 2010

St. Vincent de Paul names new director

Lin Fischer, a longtime volunteer with expertise in nonprofit and financial management, has been named executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Society's Milwaukee District Council. She succeeds Gerald Felsecker, who retired after more than 40 years with the agency.

Fischer will manage the society's diverse community programs, including its thrift store and distribution center, meal programs, family resource center and home visits. The Milwaukee council includes 58 parishes and served 82,000 people in 2009.

Among her priorities, Fischer said, will be to increase awareness of the anti-poverty agency's mission.

"We need to continue to understand the systemic causes of poverty and build programs that will address the roots of poverty and despair," she said.

Court won't dismiss priest sex abuse case

The Nevada Supreme Court has declined to dismiss a sexual abuse lawsuit involving the Diocese of Green Bay and a now-defrocked priest who is in prison for assaulting two Wisconsin brothers, paving the way for the case to move forward.

The 2008 lawsuit alleges the man was abused by Father John Patrick Feeney after Feeney moved from the Green Bay Diocese to Las Vegas in the 1980s, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

The diocese had asked that the suit be dismissed because the limitations had expired. The diocese had no comment on the ruling.

Feeney, 83, was barred from active ministry in 1986 and laicized, or defrocked, in 2005, according to the Green Bay Diocese. However, attorneys for the victims have said he continued to work as a priest in Las Vegas. Feeney was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2004 for molesting two Wisconsin brothers in the 1970s, and is scheduled to be released in November 2011, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Holocaust exploration to include Europe trip

Milwaukee's Holocaust Education Resource Center is launching a two-semester exploration of the Holocaust that will include a two-week trip to Eastern Europe next summer.

The Holocaust Study Institute, which begins Oct. 3, will explore the historical, sociological, theological and philosophical aspects of the Holocaust, said resource center spokeswoman Bonnie Shafrin. The trip will feature historically significant sites and contemporary memorials in Poland, Lithuania and the Czech Republic.

Classes will be at the Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. For more information or to register, call or e-mail Shafrin at (414) 963-2719 or


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