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June 30, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 23   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Madison Diocese answers global justice, solidarity, and peace call

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The Donkey Project is part of the Global Solidarity Partnership between the Diocese of Madison and the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga. Donkeys are an integral part of a successful soybean crop for families in the Ghana diocese.

A parish's 'catholicity' is illustrated in its willingness to go beyond its own boundaries and extend the Gospel, serve those in need, and work for global justice and peace.

-- U.S. Bishops, Called to Global Solidarity (1997)

Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good . . .

-- John Paul II, On Social Concern

In response to the teachings of the Church, and to the promptings of the Spirit within individuals and parishes, the call to global solidarity is being answered in the Madison Diocese.

The groundwork for a Global Solidarity Partnership (GSP) between the Diocese of Madison and the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga (N-B) in Ghana, Africa has been developing for the past two years. This effort is overseen by Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Two delegations have traveled from the Madison Diocese to Ghana, and the Madison Diocese hosted Ghana's Bishop Lucas Abadamloora and Thomas Awiapo, a resident of Ghana who works with CRS. In September, a delegation of priests, religious, teachers, and professionals from the diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga will visit the Madison Diocese. Through these visits, a strong foundation has been laid for an experience of mutual sharing and growth.   Full story ...

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Gail Nichols: Named assistant superintendent

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Gail Nichols

MADISON -- Gail Nichols has been named assistant superintendent in the Diocese of Madison's Office of Catholic Schools. Her new position becomes effective July 1.

Nichols has a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as principal of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Cross Plains for nine years and as executive director of the Wisconsin Nonpublic School Association (presently known as Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation) for seven years.

"She'll be a very effective assistant superintendent," said Dr. Jim Silver, superintendent of Catholic schools. "She has a lot of gifts and brings a lot of enthusiasm. She will be a big asset."

Silver noted Nichols' knowledge of working with school accreditation. She will be a good resource when it comes to the school self-study process, he said.   Full story ...

St. Raphael Cathedral:
Restoration project awards

MADISON -- The spirit and beauty of St. Raphael Cathedral has garnered various accolades, even after the devastating March fire.

The Cathedral Steeple project featured a thorough study of the history and features of the unique building, and yielded the replacement of the cathedral's wood frame steeple. The new steeple was the first step in an immense refurbishment of the historic cathedral.

This 2004 restoration received three awards recently from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and Wisconsin Builder Magazine.   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, The Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for four issues. Remaining issues to be skipped include: July 7 and Aug. 11. At right are deadlines for the issues prior to the weeks skipped:

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
June 30 first two weeks of July June 22 July 7
Aug. 4 first two weeks of Aug. July 27 Aug. 11

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