Author Archives: Sam Lucero

I'm News and Information Manager (editor) at The Compass, newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. I previously worked at the Milwaukee Catholic Herald, the Superior Catholic Herald, the Southern Cross in San Diego and the Intermountain Catholic in Salt Lake City. I'm also a photojournalist dabbling in freelance, stock photography and web site design.

Ash Wednesday

I spent my morning Feb. 22  photographing an Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Agnes Church in Green Bay. Attending the morning Mass were students from Holy Family School, which is supported by St. Agnes and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishes. In addition to shooting photos, I recorded audio and decided to put together an audio […]

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Two archbishops who teamed up to help military family now cardinals

Funny how things work out. Two  U.S. prelates were among 22 Catholic Church leaders worldwide to receive the cardinal’s red hat during a Feb. 18 consistory led by Pope Benedict XVI. The two include Cardinals Timothy M. Dolan and Edwin F. O’Brien. Both men have known each other for years, as they’ve attended bishops’ meetings […]

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Where would Jesus be born? A self storage unit perhaps?

  Note: This blog entry originally appeared as an editorial in The Compass, newspaper of the Diocese of Green Bay, where I work as News & Information Manager.   If Joseph and Mary were alive today, looking for a place where Mary could give birth to Jesus, where could they find solace? After some online […]

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The helping hand

Every now and then, while I’m out on a photo assignment, I find myself the recipient of a volunteer photo assistant. It’s usually someone connected to the event at which I’m photographing; someone just trying to help me out. The latest incident of the unannounced and unwanted photo assistant took place on the feast of […]

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Bugs up close

When I purchased my Nikon 60mm f2.8 AF macro focus lens last year, I did so for one reason: to take photos of miniature creatures that exist in my back yard. Since that time I’ve had a field day traipsing through the flower gardens and shrubs around my yard looking for assorted insects. It’s given […]

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Facebook: ‘Repost if you agree’

Facebook is a great place to connect with friends and family across the country and around the globe. It’s also an easy way to reconnect with classmates from long ago. But with the excitement of communicating with people from our past comes the reality that we don’t always share the same views. This fact was […]

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Meet the man who photographs the pope

I had an opportunity in early May to visit with Paul Haring, staff photographer for Catholic News Service who is based in Rome. Haring has been shooting images at the Vatican since 2009 and his photos are used by Catholic print and electronic publications around the world. Before moving to Rome, Paul worked five years […]

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Ordination season

May and June are traditionally months set aside for celebrating ordinations in the Catholic Church. In the Diocese of Green Bay, six men were ordained to the diaconate by Bishop David Ricken on May 21. Four of the men, who are married, are permanent deacons. The other two are transitional deacons who will be ordained […]

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iPhone in Italy

I recently spent 10 days on a pilgrimage in Italy. The trip included stops in Rome, Assisi, Florence and Venice. In addition to shooting lots of photos with my Nikon D700 camera, I used my iPhone 4 to take pictures and videos. This slide show includes photos shot with the iPhone camera as well as […]

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Panorama pics on iPhone

I’ve been experimenting with iPhone apps that create panoramic photos. The two I like actually create different results. The traditional panorama app I’m using is called AutoStitch. You take two or more photos of the same scene (there should be an overlap within adjacent photos) with your iPhone camera then open up the AutoStitch app. […]

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