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Three transitional deacons to be ordained
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, May. 16, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Michael Johnson Vincent Racanelli Cristian Valenzuela

MADISON -- Three men will be ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Madison on Friday, May 24, during a Mass at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5101 Schofield St., Monona. Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee will preside at the ordination.

The candidates for ordination include Michael Johnson, Vincent Racanelli, and Cristian Valenzuela (from the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest).

Following is information on the three ordinandi:

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is the son of Eileen and David Johnson of St. John the Baptist Parish in Waunakee.

He attended Haude Elementary School, Spring, Texas; St. Augustine’s School, Andover, Mass.; and A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, Texas. For college, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; and a PhD degree in history from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., in 2012.

His seminary studies were taken at St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston, Texas (pre-theology) and St. Francis de Sales Seminary, Milwaukee, (theology).

Before entering the seminary, he was involved in various ways with the Catholic Student Organization at Auburn University, including as a cantor for Sunday night Mass for about six years and sacristan for the Thursday night Mass for two years.

“I was discerning for a couple of years as I pursued my career as a history professor. For one year, I was a full-time professor at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich., as I actively discerned the priesthood. With the help of my pastor, who served as my spiritual director (Fr. Mike Alber), I realized that I had discerned as much as I could from the outside, and I just had to try it to find out.”

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Catholic women in the diocese to gather June 6
Written by Jane Lepeska Grinde, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, May. 16, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

WISCONSIN DELLS -- "United in Prayer, Love, and Faith” is the theme of the 65th annual gathering of the Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (MDCCW) scheduled for Thursday, June 6, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church and Parish Center in Wisconsin Dells.

MDCCW Spiritual Advisor Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt, Sun Prairie, encourages participation in this “wonderful opportunity for Catholic women from our diocese to gather and celebrate the gift of our Catholic faith.”

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Madison Catholic Woman's Club spring celebration
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, May. 16, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Members and guests of the Madison Catholic Woman’s Club were reminded of God’s mercy through the speaker at their 105th annual Spring Celebration and the recipient of the club’s annual Christian Achievement Award.

Gail Yellen-Shiring, chairperson of the club’s Spiritual Committee, pointed out the connection to God’s mercy in the opening invocation of the event, held May 6 at the Blackhawk Country Club in Madison.

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