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February 10, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 5   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Diocesan Services Appeal:
Bishop Morlino encourages support

chart showing how Diocesan Services Appeal funds are allocated

MADISON -- This week, Catholics throughout the Diocese of Madison will be receiving a personal letter from Bishop Robert C. Morlino.

The bishop is communicating directly with over 66,000 households in the diocese about the annual Diocesan Services Appeal (DSA).

The bishop begins the letter with a personal note. "As I reflect upon the events following our last Diocesan Services Appeal, I am extremely grateful for the support and concern extended to me from the people of our Diocese. My recovery from heart surgery was expedited by the tremendous outpouring of prayer and sacrifice from the people of our parishes.

"This action reflects the true commitment of our faithful people to our Diocesan Church and me, as your Bishop. I invite you to again share your gifts, both spiritually and financially, as we extend our support to others in need."

Year of the Eucharist

In his letter, Bishop Morlino also reminds parishioners that this is the Year of the Eucharist. "I encourage you to more fully participate in the celebration of the Mass. The Mass must come into your life just as your life must go into the Mass.

"In this continual celebration, we respond to the Eucharist by uniting as one Church. Unified, Christ asks us to support those who are in need. Through the ministries and services provided by the Diocesan Services Appeal, we reach out to the poor, the suffering and the afflicted. We provide spiritual nourishment to our parishes through enrichment programs and offer what no single parish could," noted the bishop.

Personal testimonies

Accompanying the letter from the bishop is a brochure telling how the DSA money is allocated. This year's brochure includes personal testimonies from people who have used diocesan services.   Full story ...

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Bishop Morlino elected: Chairman of Bioethics Board

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center during a meeting at its recent workshop for Catholic bishops held in Dallas, Texas.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center has as its mission "to promote and safeguard the dignity of the human person through research, education, consultation, and publishing in the health and life sciences for private individuals, bishops, priests, physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and those who shape law and public policy."

Bishop Morlino succeeds Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh, Pa., who has been board chairman for the past nine years.

Bishop Allen H. Vigneron of Oakland, Calif., was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Among the Bishops serving on the board are Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago; Cardinal Justin F. Rigali of Philadelphia, Pa.; Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver, Colo.; Bishop Wuerl; and Bishop Jerome E. Listecki, now of La Crosse.   Full story ...

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