MADISON -- Approximately 280 Catholics from throughout Wisconsin practiced "faithful citizenship" as they gathered in Madison April 29 for "Catholics at the Capitol," a day-long conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) and other Catholic organizations in Wisconsin.
The third biennial conference began at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center for a program of education and advocacy. It included a keynote speech by Fr. J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities USA, and breakout sessions on current state public policy issues and Catholic social teaching.
At the end of the day, many of the participants walked or drove from the Monona Terrace to meet with legislators at the nearby State Capitol. Full Story ...
Mass of Christian Burial May 9 for Fr. Fitzpatrick
DARLINGTON -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, at Holy Rosary Church here for Fr. Jerold Francis Fitzpatrick, 68, who died May 5. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the Mass.
Bishop William H. Bullock will be the main celebrant at the Mass. Burial will take place at the parish cemetery in Darlington.
Visitation will also be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at St. Joseph Church, Gratiot, and will include a prayer service.
Fitzpatrick was born in Dubuque, Iowa, to Mildred and Francis Fitzpatrick. He attended Holy Rosary Grade School in Darlington. He completed his high school studies at St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary, and he attended college at St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee. He completed his philosophy and theology studies at St. Francis Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1962 for the Diocese of Madison at St. Raphael Cathedral by Bishop William P. O'Connor.
He served as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Madison; St. William Parish, Janesville; St. Victor Parish, Monroe. He served as pastor of St. Thomas Parish, Montfort; St. John Nepomucene Parish, Castle Rock; St. Mary and St. Paul Parish, Mineral Point; St. Patrick Parish, Janesville; St. Joseph Parish, Gratiot; and St. John Mission, South Wayne.
He also served as diocesan rural life director and on the Presbyteral Council.