CIA-Faith Mission Operatives ministry is excited to host Maximus Cabey on April 4th

CIA-Faith Mission Operatives ministry is excited to host Maximus Cabey on April 4th

On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, our CIA-Faith Mission Operatives ministry is excited to host Maximus Cabey as he presents “My Journey Back to the Catholic Church” at 7 p.m. in the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre. This is a personal and honest story of his life.

For the past 30-plus years he has held ministry roles in Catholic, non-denominational and Eastern Orthodox churches, and currently serves as Child & Youth Faith Formation Director and Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Green Bay.

He admits that his departure from the Catholic Church was, in part, because he was impatient and immature. Cabey shares insights he gained that can help the Church understand and meet the challenges it faces today. 

All Rise! The Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play 2023!

All Rise! The Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play 2023!

In this, our 16th year, we are blessed to offer you a timeless, inspiring production celebrating the life, death and triumphant resurrection of our Lord.  Strengthen your Lenten journey March 30th through April 2nd  at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre in Appleton.  This production is appropriate for all ages. 

A video sampling of the show may be seen on the production website,

For more show information or tickets, please visit: or call the Xavier box office at (920) 733-8840. 

Open hours are Monday and Wednesday from noon to 3:00 pm.

Life After Death, Near Death & Shared Death Experiences on February 6th presented by CIA-Faith Mission Operatives

Life After Death, Near Death & Shared Death Experiences on February 6th presented by CIA-Faith Mission Operatives

Near Death Experiences as Proof of Afterlife is Focus of Appleton Event

APPLETON – A retired engineer’s extensive research and analysis of near death experiences and what they tell us about the afterlife will be the subject of a free presentation and exhibit at Xavier High School on Monday, February 6th at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to “Life After Life” at Xavier’s Fine Arts Theatre to hear Richard Bernatchez make the case that near death experience (NDE) data confirms Christian teaching that a person’s soul survives the death of the physical body. His talk will be complemented by an exhibit viewable one hour before and after the presentation.

Bernatchez employed a “scientific, scholarly and faith-based approach” to compile thousands of years of NDE reports and decades of testimony from medical personnel. The latter shows a remarkable consistency of what patients experience during clinical death. 

“Hundreds of millions of people have had NDEs,” noted Bernatchez. “We explore the various ‘features’ of an NDE and how we know [they] are real…that ‘consciousness’ is something that exists independent of the human brain.”

He also incorporates stories of “Shared Death Experiences” (SDE) – when a living person shares in and confirms details of someone dying – and what Scripture and mystics reveal about the afterlife. SDEs are important, Bernatchez added, because they “can’t be dismissed as caused by the dying brain, lack of oxygen, etc.”.

Based on his research, Bernatchez says the most memorable aspect of an NDE is an encounter with what most describe as “The Light”, and the overwhelming experience of joy, peace, love and comfort it conveys. 

“These NDE experiencers no longer ‘believe’ there is a God; they ‘know’ He exists.” He added that many report dramatic changes in their lives for the better as they understand their purpose is to “love each other fully and unconditionally.”

 “We live in this secular world that’s trying to convince people that God doesn’t exist…and yet we have all this evidence that God has provided us.”

Since retiring, Bernatchez, co-founder of Faith Based Communications (, dedicates his life to researching and demonstrating how science supports the tenets of his Catholic faith. He and his wife, Pat, travel the US and Canada at their own expense from their home in Denver, CO, to churches, schools and interested Christian groups.

Bernatchez returns to Wisconsin less than a year after two Holy Week 2022 presentations, “Sacred Cloths of the Passion” and “Eucharistic Miracles”. Hundreds attended his talks and exhibits in person, and videos have registered almost 16,000 views on YouTube.

The event is sponsored by CIA-Faith Mission Operatives and is part of the 2022-2023 Investigate Your Faith series held monthly, Sept-May, in the Xavier Theatre, 1600 W. Prospect Ave. No tickets or reservations are required. A free will offering will be taken to help support future programs which are detailed on the organization’s website (web search ciafmo). More information is available at or (920) 450-3025.

Exhibit Details: Brief summaries of Near-Death Experiences (NDE) and Shared-Death Experiences (SDE) based on the reports of adults, children, blind, medical personnel, NDE researchers, etc.  These reports are supplemented by facts and statistics resulting from 45 years of exhaustive scientifically based research of NDE experiences, including peer reviewed publications in the highly respected JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and its British equivalent LANCET. Also included are reports of saints who raised the dead, and visions of hell and purgatory as reported by well-known saints. 

ALL RISE! The Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play Open Auditions on January 21st at Xavier Fine Arts Theatre

ALL RISE! The Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play Open Auditions on January 21st at Xavier Fine Arts Theatre

Open auditions for ALL RISE! The Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play, a dramatic musical based on the life of Christ, will be held on Saturday morning, January 21st, at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre (1600 W. Prospect Avenue in Appleton). Adult and student performers, grades three through twelve, of all faiths are invited to audition. Director Jim Romenesko seeks singers, dancers and actors for the community production. 

Performances dates for the 2023 season are March 30th through April 2nd, with a special performance for Religious Education groups on March 29th.

Chorus, lead and supporting roles, both singing and non-singing are available.  Those auditioning will also be asked to do a simple movement/dance audition.

Performances and rehearsals are held at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre, 1600 W. Prospect Avenue Appleton on Sunday evenings with soloists & actors in leading roles also rehearsing on some Sunday afternoons. Peter Leschke is the show’s musical director. Mary Doverspike, Jr. is the choreographer.

For more information visit the show’s website: and click or tap the “Join Our Cast” button near the top of the page.

Celebrate Advent with Art & Song! CIA-Faith Mission Operatives invites you to join them on December 12th!

Celebrate Advent with Art & Song! CIA-Faith Mission Operatives invites you to join them on December 12th!

No tickets needed / Free will offering appreciated. For details, please click here: CIAFMO, send an email to: or call (920) 450-3025.

CIA-Faith Mission Operatives is an all-volunteer, lay Catholic ministry, recognized by the Diocese of Green Bay. It exists to encourage and enable Catholics to “investigate their faith” through a variety of events involving speakers, live performances, films, etc. We gratefully acknowledge our collaboration with St. Francis Xavier High School, Appleton WI.

“BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD” Advent Concerts

“BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD” Advent Concerts

As we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ on Christmas, the season of Advent sometimes flies by without us appreciating it. There is a wonderful opportunity to experience Advent – the “Behold the Lamb of God” Advent Concert. Music written and originally performed by Andrew Peterson, features many area musicians and vocalists, especially from St. Katharine Drexel and Holy Cross of Kaukauna and Hollandtown, and St. John Nepomucene in Little Chute. It features Deacon Dave Van Eperen, Lance Lamers, Mike Van Hoof and Tim Van Eperen of St. John Nepomucene parish.

Under the leadership of Nathan Vande Hey, they are now in their 12th year of performing these in the Fox Valley and surrounding areas! It is the story of salvation history in less than an hour. No tickets required, but a free will offering will be taken, with proceeds donated to charity. This year, the program will be presented 4 times and they are listed below:

Wednesday, November 30th – Kaukauna High School at 7:00 p.m.
(sponsored by the Kaukauna Catholic Parishes)

Wednesday, December 7th – St. Nick’s in Freedom – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 12th – Xavier High School in Appleton – 7:00 p.m. (CIA-FMO event)

Wednesday, December 21st – St. Mary Help of Christians in Hilbert (108 S. 6th Street) – 7:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Tri-Parish Catholic Faith Communities – which includes St. John-Sacred Heart Parish in Sherwood and St. Mary of the Seven Dolors in Stockbridge.)

Check it out! Spread the word and invite your students and families. This is open to anyone. Any questions, please contact Deacon Steve Vande Hey at