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Bishop ordains three permanent deacons
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Deacons ordained
Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison with, from left, newly-ordained Permanent Deacons Jeff Bond, Todd Burud, and Roger Scholbrock following their Ordination Mass on July 26 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com
(Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MONONA -- Journeys of faith for three men received new and great blessings this week as they were ordained as permanent deacons.

Deacons Jeff Bond, Todd Burud, and Roger Scholbrock were ordained by Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison on July 26 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona.

Due to health orders and guidelines in Dane County because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the church could only be at half capacity and attendees practiced social distancing and wore masks.

The event was ticketed and livestreamed online.

Living out a mission

During his homily, Bishop Hying remarked that "We congratulate and pray for and thank God for Jeff and Todd and Roger and for their wives Kelly [Bond], Kathy [Burud], and Wendy [Scholbrock].

In addition to being baptized Catholics, husbands, and fathers, the bishop told them, "The Lord has called you to give yourself . . . by being a permanent deacon in the Church."

Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel message, Bishop Hying added, "You have discovered the pearl of Christ, you have found the hidden treasure in the field . . . and today, that treasure is entrusted to you."

He told them they'd be living out a mission for the rest of their lives to "proclaim the Gospel, preach to the people, and teach the faith."

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Compassionate services for divorced Catholics and those in irregular marriage situations
Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- In an effort to improve diocesan ministry to divorced Catholics and those in irregular marriage situations, the Diocese of Madison Tribunal has expanded its services to include a Pre-Petition Case Advisor.

A Pre-Petition Case Advisor accompanies an individual through the discernment process following a divorce by explaining the Church's teaching on marriage, making a personal assessment of any moral and canonical remedies available, and providing assistance in petitioning for a declaration of nullity (commonly referred to as an annulment).

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The Learning Atrium expands its vision
Written by Carolyn Averill, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Necessity is the mother of invention, and for one mother, the source of a life-changing mission that is impacting children throughout the Diocese of Madison.

When Deb Krebs noticed her youngest son was not faring well with reading, beginning in kindergarten, she searched for extra help.

Discovering the Barton System, designed to address spelling, reading, and writing struggles for students with dyslexia, was a game changer.

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