Bishop ordains transitional Deacons Peter Lee and Grant Thies
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
Transitional Deacons Grant Thies, left, and Peter Lee, right, stand with Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, center, following their ordination Mass on April 18 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona. To view or purchase photos, go to (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MONONA -- The spirituality and sights of the Easter season were still present at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona as two men -- Peter Lee and Grant Thies -- were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Robert C. Morlino on April 18.

Bishop Morlino welcomed those in attendance to “the beautiful rite of ordination for Grant and for Peter,” especially their families, thanking them for “that wonderful gift you have given the Church in these two great young men.”

Concelebrating the Mass with the bishop were Msgr. James Bartylla, vicar general for the Diocese of Madison; Fr. Chad Droessler, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish; along with vesting ministers for the newly ordained: for Deacon Lee, Fr. Miguel Galvez, pastor of Queen of All Saints Parish in Fennimore, Castle Rock, and Mt. Hope, and for Deacon Thies, Msgr. Kevin Holmes, rector of the Cathedral Parish in Madison.

Transitional Deacon Jared Holzhuter served as Deacon of the Word with Karen Paschke and Chris Schmelzer as readers. The Madison Diocesan Choir, under the direction of Patrick Gorman, provided music.

Also in attendance were the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard Assembly 1200 Madison and the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Presentation of candidates

Following the Gospel, soon-to-be Deacons Lee and Thies announced themselves as “present” when called and were presented to the bishop by Fr. Thomas Margevicius from St. Paul Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., where Deacon Thies is in his fifth year of study. Father Margevicius testified the men were found worthy to be ordained as deacons.

“Relying on the help of the Lord God, our savior, Jesus Christ,” prayed Bishop Morlino, “we choose these, our brothers, Grant and Peter, for the order of the diaconate.”


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Patient befriending and advocacy
Written by John Bohn, MD, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Third in a series on the recent conference on “Dignity at the End of Life, from Suffering to Hope,” held in Fitchburg.

“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” St. Teresa of Calcutta

An opportunity presents itself

We are frequently given opportunities to do “small things with great love” for others. Unfortunately, we often pass many of these up due to simple lack of awareness.

Parishioners take action to tell legislators they are pro-life
Written by Sue Barry, Catholic Herald Correspondent   
Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

SAUK CITY -- Parishioners, including students of all ages, from Divine Mercy Parish in Sauk City have started a project of writing letters to state and federal law makers to let government officials know they believe abortion is wrong.

Julie Keith, Divine Mercy’s pro-life coordinator, headed up the project last fall and began asking for letters to be written in time for the landmark Roe v. Wade 44th anniversary in January.


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