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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.
The Catholic Herald awards:
Web edition: Catholic Press Association Best Web Site: Honorable Mention.
Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards 2002 Print Media competition.
Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association 2003 awards competition.
Pope accepts resignation of Auxiliary Bishop George Wirz
MADISON -- On Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 5 a.m. (12 noon Vatican time), Pope John Paul II announced that he had accepted the resignation of Bishop George O. Wirz, auxiliary bishop of Madison.
Bishop Wirz celebrated his 75th birthday on Jan. 17, 2004. In retirement, he plans to continue to live at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison and help as needed.
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 in 1967.
He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Madison on March 9, 1978. He has directed the diocesan Office for Continuing Education of Priests since 1993.
Legislature: Bills on health care, legal services, rights
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) recently gave testimony supporting or opposing various bills or parts of bills in the State Legislature.
The bills address issues such as advance health care directives, access to legal services, conscience protections, and parental consent.
The WCC is one of several organizations lending its support to legislation to establish that a health care power of attorney executed in another state is valid in Wisconsin in most cases. Full story ...
Mass at Benton on Feb. 22 marks his life and death
BENTON -- The public is invited to a 3 p.m. Mass on Sunday, Feb. 22, at St. Patrick Church, 237 Main St., Benton, to commemorate the death and celebrate the life of a beloved pioneer priest in the tri-state area.
On the 140th anniversary of Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli's death, he is still remembered in the tri-state area for establishing more than 40 parish communities, building at least 20 churches, and founding the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. Full story ...