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September 23, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 35   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...

Fr. August H. Buenzli, Jr., dies

-- Posted: 9/29/2004

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Fr. August H. Buenzli, Jr.

PINE BLUFF -- Fr. August H. Buenzli, Jr., 75, a retired priest of the Diocese of Madison, died on Monday, Sept. 27.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, at St. Mary Church in Pine Bluff, 3673 County Trunk P. Msgr. Paul J. Swain, vicar general, will be the main celebrant. Bishop George O. Wirz will be the homilist.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Sept. 30, at St. Mary Church from 9:30 a.m. until the Mass. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Madison.

Father Buenzli was born on Oct. 27, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., to Lucille M. (Heim) and August Buenzli. He attended Holy Redeemer School, Madison, and completed one year at Edgewood High School in Madison before entering St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee. He completed high school, philosophy, and theology studies at St. Francis Seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 1953, at Holy Redeemer church by Bishop William P. O'Connor of Madison.

He served as associate pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Monona; Holy Rosary, Darlington; and St. Bernard, Middleton.

In 1963 he was appointed pastor of St. Pius X, Cambridge. He was also pastor of St. Olaf, DeForest; St. Mary, Bloomington, with the mission of St. John, Patch Grove; St. Augustine, Footville; St. Rome of Lima, Brodhead, with the mission of St. Patrick, Albany; St. Mary, Pine Bluff; St. John the Baptist, Muscoda, linked with St. Joseph, Avoca; St. Thomas the Apostle, Poynette; and St. Mary Help of Christians, Briggsville, from which he retired in 1999.

He also served the Diocesan Tribunal as a notary and was a member of the Presbyteral Council and St. Raphael Society Board. He was a chaplain to the Daughters of Isabella and treasurer of the Priests' Credit Union.

He is survived by two sisters, Doris Duffy of Sandusky, Ohio, and Caryl Dennhardt of Winfield, Ill.

Breaking News ...

Bishop Morlino released from hospital

-- Posted: 9/27/2004

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino was released from St. Marys Hospital in Madison on Friday, Sept. 24, following recovery from heart surgery performed on Sept. 15.

Bishop Morlino is thankful and greatly appreciates the prayerful support from people throughout the diocese since his surgery.

Cards, flowers, and gifts should be directed to the Office of the Bishop at the Bishop O'Connor Center. People of the diocese were encouraged to continue to pray for the bishop and the Diocese of Madison.

Bishop recuperating from heart surgery

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Robert C. Morlino

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison is recovering well from heart surgery performed on Sept. 15 at St. Marys Hospital Medical Center in Madison.

The surgery was necessary to repair an abnormal heart valve. Tests done at St. Marys prior to the surgery also detected blockages in the arteries to the heart.

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

Bishop Morlino, 57, has a history of heart disease in his family. His father died when he was in his 40s, noted Bill Brophy, director of communications for the Diocese of Madison, in an interview on Relevant 2 U, a local program on Relevant Radio.

Brophy said the bishop is expected to undergo a "change in his lifestyle" after the surgery combining healthy eating and exercise.

As the bishop recuperates, Msgr. Paul J. Swain will serve as administrator of the Diocese of Madison. Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, and Bishop George O. Wirz, former auxiliary bishop, will assist with Confirmations and other diocesan functions.

Monsignor Swain asked people in the Diocese of Madison to pray for Bishop Morlino. He said, "Bishop Morlino is doing well as he continues his recovery at St. Marys Hospital. In order that he might rest, no visitors are allowed at this time. Cards, flowers, and gifts should be directed to the Office of the Bishop at the O'Connor Center (P.O. Box 44983, Madison, WI 53744-4983, or 702 S. High Point Rd.)."

Links to articles about Bishop Morlino's heart surgery:

Sept. 23 edition:
Breaking News: Bishop Morlino released from hospital
• Msgr. Swain's column: An inventory on how well we love God

Sept. 16 edition:
• Breaking news: Bishop Morlino in stable condition following heart surgery (Posted: 9/16/2004)
• Bishop's column: Upcoming surgery: Remember God never ceases to be in control
Vicar general and bishops: Offer prayers and support to Bishop Morlino

Breaking news from Sept. 9 edition:
Bishop Morlino undergoes heart surgery Sept. 15 (Posted: 9/15/2004)
Bishop to have heart surgery (Posted: 9/10/2004)

Stone by stone:
Mason restores stones on cathedral facade

photo of Jacob Arndt restoring stones at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison

Jacob Arndt of Northwestern Masonry and Stone in Lake Mills works on restoring stones in the facade of St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

MADISON -- Excavating, chiseling, and crafting stone is a part of the outside renovation occurring at St. Raphael Cathedral.

At the entrance of the building, about 110 stones are being replaced. Jacob Arndt, along with his partner Gayle Oglesbay of Northwestern Masonry and Stone in Lake Mills, has been working on this project since May and plans to finish in October.

Replacing stone

Arndt explained that years ago stones deteriorating from water damage were pasted over with cement. The cement created more problems, however, and the stones deteriorated further.

"So, we're taking off the cement, excavating the stone that is not serviceable, and replacing the units with stone that matches the building," he said. They install the new stone with lime mortar, which - unlike cement - allows the stone to breathe.

Since the original stone to build the cathedral was quarried from Maple Bluff in the 1850s, the replacement stone comes from torn-down buildings with stone from the same area.   Full story ...

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St. Coletta:
Celebrates 100 years

JEFFERSON -- With joyful song, tambourines, and banners, the clients, staff, and guests of St. Coletta Wisconsin jubilantly greeted their second century on Sept. 10 in their newly remodeled chapel on the Jefferson campus.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino was presider at the concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving with Frs. Tom Coyle, pastor of St. John the Baptist and St. Lawrence Parishes, Jefferson; Bill Nolan, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fort Atkinson; and Roger Taylor, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Muscoda, and former chaplain at St. Coletta; and Jim Bartylla, master of ceremonies.

School for disabled

It was Sept. 10, 1904 when a handful of Sisters of St. Francis opened their hearts and their doors to the first disabled children, then referred to as "backward" or at best "slow."  Full story ...

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