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September 9, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 33   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Bishop Morlino undergoes heart surgery Sept. 15

-- Posted: 9/15/2004

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino is undergoing heart surgery at St. Marys Hospital Medical Center in Madison on Wednesday morning, Sept. 15.

The bishop had been advised by doctors that surgery would be necessary to repair an abnormal heart valve. Subsequent tests at St. Marys on Sept. 13 and 14 detected a blockage in the arteries to the heart.

Msgr. Paul J. Swain, vicar general of the Diocese of Madison, will take over as administrator of the diocese in Bishop Morlino's absence. Bishops Emeriti William H. Bullock and George O. Wirz will handle many of Bishop Morlino's scheduled Confirmations.

The recovery from the surgery is projected to be in the vicinity of eight weeks.

Bishop to have heart surgery

-- Posted: 9/10/2004

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Robert C. Morlino

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino will need heart surgery to repair an abnormal heart valve. The exact timing and details of the surgery will become clear next week after future testing, the bishop told a meeting of the Diocesan clergy Thursday, Sept. 9.

The recovery from the surgery is projected to be in the vicinity of eight weeks, the bishop told the priests.

Bishop Morlino, 57, is the fourth bishop of Madison. He succeeded Bishop William H. Bullock and was installed Aug. 1, 2003. The native of Scranton, Pa. was ordained to the priesthood in 1974. He was named bishop of Helena, Mont. in 1999 and served there until his appointment in Madison.

"Needless to say I have many feelings about this present situation," Bishop Morlino said. "I feel badly and even somewhat guilty that I will have to be 'off the job' for the recovery time. We have to pick up steam as we move into the future of the Diocese and this kind of time lapse seems not to be helpful in terms of that forward movement.

"I certainly am also dealing with ordinary human fear. And yet these feelings are placed in the context of trust in God's Providence, a Grace that I do receive and one which I hope to grow in every blessed day. And like our Holy Father I want to be able to thank God for this next significant stage in my own spiritual journey. I do believe that God does not only what is for our good, but in fact what is for our best, and this is a blessed opportunity for that faith to be confirmed in me.

"Needless to say I stand very much in need of the support of your prayers at this particular time for the future of our Diocese and for myself. Prayer makes all the difference and this is certainly a time for you to support your shepherd through prayer."

Bishop ordains two men to transitional diaconate

photo of Bishop Morlino with Rev. Eric Sternberg, left, and Rev. Michael Radowicz

After the Mass at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison, Bishop Robert C. Morlino poses for a photo with the Rev. Mr. Eric G. Sternberg, left, and the Rev. Mr. Michael R. Radowicz. (Catholic Herald photo by Abigail Henderson)

MADISON -- "Know what you are doing," Bishop Robert C. Morlino emphasized to Eric Sternberg and Michael Radowicz in his homily before he ordained them to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Madison Aug. 27.

Being ordained to the transitional diaconate is the first step toward being ordained to the priesthood.

Family members, friends, priests, seminarians, and others filled the Bishop O'Donnell Holy Name Memorial Chapel in the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison for the ordination.

"We thank the Lord tonight with joy for all the gifts with which He so generously blesses the Diocese of Madison," said Bishop Morlino, who presided at the Mass. "We are especially grateful for Michael and Eric, to both of their families for giving this special gift to the Lord."

Bishop Morlino expressed gratitude to all those in attendance and all those who have helped nurture the two men's vocations, including concelebrants Msgr. Paul J. Swain, vicar general, Bishop William H. Bullock, and Bishop George O. Wirz, bishop emeriti.   Full story ...

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Celebrating marriage: Bishop honors couples marking 50 years

MADISON -- Nearly 115 couples and their guests from throughout the Diocese of Madison gathered Aug. 29 for a Mass honoring the couples' 50 years of marriage.

The celebration was sponsored by the Diocese of Madison's Office of Family Ministry.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino presided at the Mass, which was held at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center here.

"Welcome to the diocesan youth rally," Bishop Morlino said in greeting as laughter rippled through the congregation. "I think we should all feel young today because the faith that's here has the strength and energy of youth. I congratulate you from the heart."

Gift of humility

In his homily, Bishop Morlino stressed the importance of humility. "People can be phony for a couple years, but not for 50," he said. "To face up to the humble truth of yourselves is one of the gifts you've given to each other. That gift of humility is very precious indeed."   Full story ...

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