GREEN BAY -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino pledged his support to Relevant Radio on his recent visit to the headquarters of the Catholic radio apostolate in Green Bay.
Relevant Radio has invited bishops from all the dioceses served by its 17 stations to come to Green Bay to learn more about this growing media apostolate.
The Madison Diocese was the first to visit. Several diocesan staff members accompanied Bishop Morlino.
"I feel we're in debt to Relevant Radio," said Bishop Morlino. "The new evangelization and catechesis are so important. Relevant Radio is a place where authentic Catholic faith is taught. I'm very enthusiastic about Relevant Radio."
Mark Follett, founder and CEO of Relevant Radio, said the apostolate is here to serve the bishop and his office "with fidelity to the magisterium of the church."
Jeannie Hanneman, senior director of mission for Relevant Radio, explained that this apostolate grew out of Pope John Paul II's call for a "new evangelization" through use of modern media.
She quoted the late Holy Father as saying that "radio offers perhaps the closest equivalent today to what Jesus was able to do with large groups through his preaching." Full story ...
Korean community: Marking 20th anniversary
MADISON -- The Catholic Korean community in Madison marked the 20th anniversary of its founding with a September 24 Mass at St. Paul's University Catholic Center here.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino presided at the Mass. Concelebrants included Fr. Alexander Pak, pastor of the Korean community, and Fr. Randy Timmerman, pastor of St. Paul's University Catholic Center.
Learning from martyrs
In his homily Bishop Morlino said, "When we think of the martyrs of Korea, we see what our faith is about - it's not about how little we can do."
In our society we get the idea that we should do as little as possible, he said, noting that some people come late to Mass without need and leave early without need. The percentage that Catholics give back to the church is also less than any other religious group in the U.S., he said.
"We need to learn from the Korean martyrs. They gave their life's blood," said the bishop. "Catholic faith is all about martyrdom. There is no such thing as being a mediocre Catholic."
Coming from a different culture, you can teach us Americans things we need to learn, he told the Korean community.
According to Catholic News Service, the church spread rapidly in Korea in the 19th century, mainly through lay efforts, as priests and religious were not allowed to enter the country. A few priests entered secretly, but often were discovered and killed. Full story ...