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Breaking News: Bishop David Zubik appointed Bishop of Green Bay
• Related article: Statement of Bishop Morlino Regarding Bishop Zubik
Rosary March: Young and old join procession at cathedral
Sharing culture: Vietnamese dinner, cultural night
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Bishop David Zubik appointed Bishop of Green Bay

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Bishop David Zubik

GREEN BAY -- Auxiliary Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh was named by Pope John Paul as the 11th Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese, succeeding Bishop Robert Banks. Bishop Banks, who has served nearly 13 years in Green Bay, had submitted his resignation last Feb. 26 when he turned 75, the mandatory retirement age for bishops.

Bishop Zubik, who will be installed on Dec. 12, has been vicar general and general secretary of the Pittsburgh Diocese since 1996.

He was born Sept. 4, 1949, in Sewickley, Pa., to Stanley and Susan (Raskosky) Zubik. He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School and St. Veronica High School, both in Ambridge, Pa., before entering St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh.

He received an undergraduate degree at Duquesne University in 1971 and earned a degree in theology at St. Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore.

He was ordained a priest on May 3, 1975 by Bishop Vincent Leonard at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. He became a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside, Pa. In 1980, he was made vice principal at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa., while serving as chaplain at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse and to the students at Mount Gallitzen Academy. While holding these positions, he earned a master's degree in education administration from Duquesne University.

In 1987, he was appointed administrative secretary to then-Pittsburgh Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua (currently retired cardinal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia).

In 1988, he was appointed administrative secretary and master of ceremonies to Bishop Donald Wuerl where he served until 1991 when he became director of clergy personnel.

In 1995, he was named associate general secretary and chancellor of the Pittsburgh Diocese, becoming vicar general and general secretary on Jan. 1, 1996.

Bishop Zubik was ordained as a bishop on April 6, 1997 at St. Paul Cathedral and was appointed auxiliary bishop to the Pittsburgh Diocese. He also has served as adjunct spiritual director at St. Paul Seminary from 1984 through 1991 and associate spiritual director at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pa., from 1989 through 1996.

Bishop Zubik is Bishop Wuerl's personal representative to the administrative board of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, where he is a member of its executive committee. He is also president of the Diocesan Finance Council and of the Catholic Institute of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

He serves on the Duquesne University board of directors and its academic affairs committee, the Priest Council, Board of Diocesan Consultors, Priest Personnel Board, Catholic Charities Board, and St. Paul Seminary Advisory Board, along with the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Cemeteries Association, Pittsburgh Catholic Publishing Associates, Diocesan Building Commission, Diocesan Pastoral Council, and Chimbote Foundation. He is also chaplain to the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in Ross Township where he resides. He also serves on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry.

Statement of Bishop Morlino Regarding Bishop Zubik

With the priests, deacons, consecrated women and men, and all our faithful people I express our gratitude to our Holy Father for the appointment of The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, up to now Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. Bishop Zubik brings with him a wide range of wisdom and experience arising from his pastoral responsibilities at both the diocesan and parish levels. I very much look forward to his presence and the contributions that he will make as we carry out the work of the new evangelization here in the state of Wisconsin at the beginning of this third millennium. God grant Bishop Zubik health, long life, and many happy and blessed years!

Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino,
Bishop of Madison

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News Briefs:
Year of Rosary
closing celebration

MADISON -- The public is invited to celebrate the closing of the Year of the Rosary at the Schoenstatt Shrine, 5901 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison, on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside and lead the rosary. The program will include an address by the bishop and refreshments. To contact the shrine call 608-222-7208.

The shrine is also the national headquarters for the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, which sponsors rosary groups in all 50 states. This outreach not only fosters prayer and devotion to Mary, but also helps form people into leaders for the local church. For more information about the campaign call 608-223-0892.

Workshop for RCIA sponsors Oct. 29

MADISON -- The Office of Worship of the Diocese of Madison is hosting a workshop for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sponsors on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Center.

Debby Del Ciello, RCIA director for the Janesville parishes and an RCIA consultant, will serve as facilitator. Those attending will learn how the sponsor serves as a helper and guide for those seeking to be initiated into the Catholic Church at the Easter vigil.

Participants will receive a copy of Ron Lewinsky's guide for sponsors. Registration is $9 per person ($8 per person for three or more from same parish). Register by Oct. 22 by calling 608-821-3080 or e-mailing


The Madison Diocesan Choir will present a concert at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Green Lake on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. The time was incorrect in the Oct. 2 issue of the Catholic Herald.

Pro-life presentation
Oct. 14

CROSS PLAINS -- The Knights of Columbus Fr. Inama Council 3924 here invites people of the Diocese of Madison to attend a presentation entitled "Being pro-life: Why it appeals to our youth."

The presentation will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at St. Francis Xavier Church, Cross Plains.

The presenter is Will Goodman, a Catholic missionary who has lectured at high school and college campuses throughout the Midwest. He graduated from the University of Illinois-Champaign with a degree in philosophy in 1995.

Mothers of Preschoolers meeting

STOUGHTON -- St. Ann's Mothers of Preschoolers at Night will meet on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the gathering area of St. Ann Parish, 323 N. Van Buren St.

The topic of discussion will be "I Can Do That - Living Within Your Means." Each meeting includes an inspirational speaker, small group discussion, and a creative activity.

Child care is not provided; however, babies birth through three months are welcome. There is a $2 fee per meeting; scholarships are available.

For more information, call Mona Becham, 608-877-0017.

Heart festival Oct. 11

MONROE -- To commemorate the grand opening of The Monroe Clinic's new cardiac catheterization lab and angiography and interventional suite, the clinic is sponsoring a Heart Festival Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

It features baked goodies and refreshments; entertainment for children; free health screenings; and tours of the new facilities. For information call 608-324-2227 or go to

Sauk Deanery meeting

SPRING GREEN -- St. John the Baptist Parish here will host the fall meeting of the Sauk Deanery Council of Catholic Women Thursday, Oct. 16. Theme is "Catch the Spirit."

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. followed by business meeting at 9:15. Dorene Shuda, Jefferson, NCCW nominating committee member, will speak at 10. Mass will be offered at 11:15 with Fr. Lorin Bowens, Lime Ridge, diocesan moderator, as homilist. There will be a dinner at noon followed by awarding of raffle prizes. The day will conclude with benediction.

Reservations are due Oct. 9 to Bonnie Richardson, E4790 Kennedy Rd., Spring Green, WI 53588. Cost is $7.50.

'Rediscovering the Rosary' series

SAUK CITY -- St. Aloysius Parish is hosting a series on "Rediscovering the Rosary" with author James L. Carney, a graduate of Harvard Law School and former law school professor, based on his book, Mystery Stories: A Journey Through the Rosary. The series is held each Wednesday in October from 7 to 8 p.m. in the upper room of the parish office. It is part of the weekly adult education "Cornerstones: Faith and Life" sessions open to all.

Cancer screening offered

BARABOO -- Coupons for breast cancer screening will be on sale at St. Clare Hospital here for a cost of $50 from Monday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 24. They may be purchased between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. in outpatient registration at the entrance to the hospital. For more information, call the hospital at 608-356-1434.

Rosary March: Young and old join procession at cathedral

MADISON -- On Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 5, people from throughout the Diocese of Madison gathered for the 52nd semi-annual Rosary March at St. Raphael Cathedral here.

Praying the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Luminous Mysteries of the rosary, participants processed twice around the block behind a statue of the Blessed Mother. They paused and turned toward the abortion clinic across the street from the cathedral while praying the Sorrowful Mysteries.

Year of the Rosary

"Many of the faithful who attend these Rosary Marches have done so almost every year," said Richard Blaney, coordinator. He said the Rosary March is especially important this year, which is the Year of the Rosary proclaimed by Pope John Paul II.

The theme of the march was "That the Year of the Rosary spread devotion to Our Lady through our meditation on all the mysteries of the rosary."

Completing the rosary inside the cathedral, participants sang "O Queen of the Holy Rosary" as children came forward and placed roses at the foot of the statue of the Blessed Mother.

Mary guides us

Msgr. George Hastrich, pastor emeritus, gave the homily.

He talked about how the Blessed Mother is referred to as the "Star of the Sea," guiding wanderers.

"In the same way we are given the Blessed Mother to guide us through this veil of tears," he said.

We see the Blessed Mother as guiding us through life, he said, pointing out that at the wedding feast of Cana, Mary said, "Do whatever Jesus tells you."

Pray for guidance

Through the rosary, we can understand what sin really means, said Monsignor Hastrich.

By contemplating the mysteries, we can think of how we must cause sorrow to the Blessed Mother but also in our own families, he said.

He reflected on when he visited the elderly in the hospital.

They would confide in him and agonize over the fact that their children had left the church and lost their faith.

Mary probably feels the same way about us, he said.

"Let us pray to the Blessed Mother to guide all of us as parents and children to a safe harbor," he said.

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed.

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Sharing culture:
Vietnamese dinner, cultural night

MADISON -- Egg rolls and fried rice, chicken curry and spicy beef were among the tasty offerings at a recent Vietnamese dinner and cultural night held at the Diocese of Madison's Catholic Multicultural Center here.

The meal, prepared by the Madison Vietnamese Community Association, was offered as a part of the St. Martin House community meal program, which usually serves approximately 140 free meals in one evening.

On this particular evening, nearly 240 guests gathered to enjoy the authentic Vietnamese food. It had been prepared by a dozen members of the Madison Vietnamese Community Association, according to Thuy Pham-Remmele, who helped coordinate the efforts.

"It's good to see the community enjoying the food," she said. "It's worth the effort."

Those preparing the food included people such as Xuong Tuong and Chin Tran, who worked in the St. Martin House kitchen since 5:30 p.m. the night before. St. Martin House provided the meat and vegetables, while the Vietnamese community supplied specialty items such as egg rolls.

Helping to serve the meal were students from the Madison Area Technical College (MATC) Asian Club.

Learning about culture

Among the participants were families from the Madison area who have adopted Vietnamese children. Together they perused maps, pictures, artwork, and other Vietnamese artifacts on display during the meal.

"We get to know the Vietnamese culture and the people who live here. It's a wonderful experience," said Beth Sever, member of Holy Mother of Consolation Parish in Oregon, who was one of the adoptive mothers in attendance. She and her husband, Paul, adopted Andrew Khanh Sever, who is nearly two, and William Minh Sever, who is four.

The Severs are involved with Vietnamese language classes that just started at the Catholic Multicultural Center. Pham-Remmele is an instructor of these classes, as is Hiep Tran, who works at MATC and is a member of the senior group in the Madison Vietnamese Community Association.

The Vietnamese dinner and cultural night was "a token of appreciation to the Catholic Multicultural Center for letting us use the facility for meetings and classes," said Tran. He stressed the importance of passing on language and culture to the children of the future. "As adults, we have to set an example," he said. "We contribute whatever we can."

Develop relationships

"The meal shows the reciprocal nature of the relationships that we hope to develop and deepen," said J. Mark Brinkmoeller, administrator of the Catholic Multicultural Center. "Through the Catholic Multicultural Center, each of us can serve and be served. It is one way of practicing solidarity."

"It was a wonderful event and a great opportunity for sharing and learning about the Vietnamese culture," said Steve Maurice, St. Martin House coordinator. "A number of people said how much they appreciated it. I saw a lot of guests thanking the servers and giving Thuy (the coordinator) hugs."

Many asked questions about the food and talked about the items on display. "On a day to day basis people don't have that opportunity," he said.

Maurice said he would like to see this kind of cultural night on a regular basis, perhaps with other cultural communities such as Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and Native Americans, for example. "What I found is that the folks enjoyed being able to share their cultural food and identity," he said.

"The Vietnamese community put a lot of time and effort into it and really wanted to do it as an outreach and giving back to the Catholic Multicultural Center because they use the facility for some of their programs," he said.

"It touches your heart because the people in the community are getting together to enjoy a meal," said Pham-Remmele. "We hope to do it again sometime."

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