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January 15, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 2   •   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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George O. Wirz

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Happy 75th Birthday!
Bishop George O. Wirz

On Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, Auxiliary Bishop George O. Wirz of Madison will celebrate his 75th birthday.

A native of Monroe, Wis., he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Madison on May 31, 1952. He was named a Monsignor in 1960 and a Prelate of Honor by Pope Paul VI in 1967.

On March 9, 1978, he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Madison. In addition to his duties as bishop, Bishop Wirz has directed the diocesan Office for Continuing Education of Priests since 1993.

In retirement, Bishop Wirz plans to continue to live at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison and help as needed.

Send cards to: Bishop George O. Wirz, P.O. Box 44983, Madison, WI 53744-4983.

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Immigrant proposal:
Hopes, questions

Catholic legislators:
Told to 'uphold divine law'


• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
Moment in history: How will the United States be judged?

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Deacons: Who appoints them
to parishes, resolves conflicts?

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II -- Mary:
God entrusted her with His son

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Vocations Awareness Week Jan. 11-17
Ideas for families to promote vocations in Diocese of Madison

The following are ideas for families to promote vocations:

1. Share freely your vocation as parents; what you value, how you came to that decision, how you feel about vocations to a consecrated life.

2. Make prayer a normal part of family decision-making. Pray with and for members of the family, parish, neighborhood. Give children opportunities to lead prayer and to pray in their own words.

3. Teach your children to share their time, talent, and treasure. Help them to share with those who have less.

4. Talk positively and enthusiastically about the activities of priests, sisters, and brothers. Speak with respect about priests and religious, especially where differences of opinion arise. Be careful of the way criticism of the church is handled.

5. Invite a priest, sister, or brother to your home to visit with you and your children.

6. Include a prayer for vocations as a part of your meal prayers. Institute some special observance as a family for vocations. Choose a particular day to fast, pray the rosary, or pray together in some other suitable way.

7. Tell your children the stories of the saints and founders of orders. Talk with them, in an age-appropriate way, about what priests, brothers, and sisters do today.

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