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April 18, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 15   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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photo of Bishop Bullock presenting Dr. Tom Lang and his wife, Peggy, with certificate

In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversaries, 102 couples from throughout the Diocese of Madison gathered for a Mass of Thanksgiving recently in the Bishop O'Donnell Holy Name Memorial Chapel at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison. At the Mass, Bishop William H. Bullock, presider, presented each couple with a special certificate. Receiving a certificate from the bishop here are Dr. Tom Lang and his wife, Peggy, from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Beloit. (Bill Boyce photo)

Golden wedding anniversaries:

Couples in the diocese celebrate

MADISON -- Many congratulations were in order when 102 couples gathered for a Mass of Thanksgiving April 7 to celebrate their golden wedding anniversaries.

Bishop William H. Bullock presided at the Mass, which took place in the chapel at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.

"No one more than you realize the full significance of that enduring love and presence of God," said Bullock in his homily.

By your perseverance, you are living testaments that marriage can be lived in holiness and joy, the bishop told the couples. "We live in a time we can easily fall prey to the fads of the day and we also live in a throw-away society."
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Fr. Reddington dies April 15

photo of Fr. Benjamin J. Reddington

Fr. Benjamin J. Reddington
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POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, April 18, at Mary Queen of Peace Church, 728 N. Center St. here, for Fr. Benjamin J. Reddington, a priest of the Diocese of Madison who died April 15.

Reddington, 86, was born in Mount Lafee, Pa., to Elizabeth and Benjamin Canfield Reddington. He attended Mary Queen of Peace grade school and St. Patrick high school in Pottsville, Pa. He studied philosophy at St. Joseph Seminary, Princeton, N.J., and theology at St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore, Md., and Sacred Heart Seminary, Shelby, Ohio. He was ordained for the Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in 1943 and was incardinated into the Diocese of Madison in 1950.

After Reddington served the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at various locations, he served as associate pastor for the Diocese of Madison at: St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo; Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Sun Prairie; and St. John the Baptist Parish, Waunakee. He was pastor of the following parishes: St. Patrick, Loreto; St. Philip, Highland; St. Patrick, Hollandale; St. Mary, Sullivan; St. Joseph, Avoca; St. Malachy, Clyde. He also served as chaplain at Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home, Portage. After retiring in 1987, he resided in Pottsville, Pa.

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