MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino has authorized a diocesan-wide collection in parishes throughout the Diocese of Madison on the weekend of Oct. 30 and 31 to support The Elizabeth House, a Christian residential program for pregnant women.
In a letter to people of the diocese, Bishop Morlino reminds them that October is celebrated as the Month of Mary and Respect Life Month. "As Catholics we offer hope to both the mother and the unborn person," he says. "We must do more. This is a bedrock principle of our faith and more importantly it proclaims the truth that all human life is precious to God and only He can decide when life is spent.
"We share this view with other Christians. Our Christian brothers and sisters have asked for our help. I want to give it to them," says the bishop.
He points out that Elizabeth House will provide a "real choice" for women undergoing an unplanned pregnancy. The 10-bedroom facility will provide a home as well as prenatal care and parenting classes. Residents will be provided with training and assistance in finding a job and given childcare options.
For those who choose adoption, Catholic Charities and other Christian adoption services will insure that the baby is placed in a loving and nurturing home.
Liz Osborn is executive director of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County, which operates Elizabeth House in its temporary location in Stoughton.
She said of Bishop Morlino's support of the collection, "We are humbled and tremendously grateful that we can join together as a community of believers. We can be a real vibrant agent for change in this community. Elizabeth House will be a beacon of hope."
Care Net has been helping women in unplanned pregnancies for over 20 years. The need for a maternity home became evident, so the vision for Elizabeth House was born.
Land was donated on Madison's east side at 1350 MacArthur Rd., near the intersection of Hwys. 51 and 151. The site is within walking distance from MATC, so residents of The Elizabeth House will have easy access to continuing education in job skills. The new location is also accessible to public transportation. Full story ...
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC), the public policy voice of the state's Catholic Bishops, has released the candidate responses to the WCC U.S. Congressional and State Legislative Questionnaires, which were circulated to candidates following the September primary.
"The WCC candidate questionnaire provides voters with an additional tool as they seek to assess the candidates in the final weeks before the November general election," stated John Huebscher, WCC executive director.
"The questionnaire affords candidates the opportunity to establish their position on the issues identified by the WCC, however, it is important to note that any survey instrument of this nature has its limitations," he said.
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