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November 3, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 39   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...

Monsignor Erbe:
Dies at age 80

-- Posted: 11/7/2005, 2:00 p.m. Central Time

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Msgr. Edward J. Erbe

MADISON -- Msgr. Edward J. Erbe, pastor emeritus of the Diocese of Madison, died Saturday, Nov. 5, at Nazareth House in Stoughton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Bishop Robert C. Morlino on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Church, 2540 Atwood Ave. Fr. William R. Connell will be homilist.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home, 5701 Odana Rd., with a Scripture vigil afterwards. Another visitation will be held on Wednesday at St. Bernard Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

Monsignor Erbe was born July 11, 1925, in Madison to Cecilia and Edward Erbe. He attended St. Bernard School and Edgewood High School here and St. Norbert College in De Pere. Philosophy and theology studies were completed at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, and he received a master's degree in social work from Loyola University in Chicago.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1951, at St. Raphael Cathedral by Bishop William P. O'Connor. He was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 2000.

He first served as associate pastor at St. Mary Parish, Platteville, and at St. John Parish, Jefferson. In 1961 he was named director of Catholic Social Service and chaplain at the School for Girls in Oregon. In 1968 he was appointed pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish here and in 1994 became pastor of St. Paul Parish, Evansville, from which he retired in 1999.

He also served the Diocese of Madison as secretary of the Matrimonial Tribunal, as a member of the Diocesan Board of Education, the Diocesan Services Appeal Board, and the Priest Senate, and chaplain of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

He is survived by his two sisters: Elizabeth Erbe of Madison and Mary Jane (Thomas) McKale of Downers Grove, Ill; he was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would appreciate memorial donations to be made to the donor's choice.

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Mission to Biloxi:
Students donate items, time

MADISON -- Students from St. Paul's University Catholic Center will be taking a student-led trip to Biloxi, Miss., to deliver donated goods directly to needy families in the devastated city.

The six students - Tara Larive, Amanda Enders, Jane Sullentrup, Matt Bayer, Sarah Darr, and Katie Lease - will leave Madison Friday, Nov. 4, after the noon Mass at St. Paul's and drive to the city located about 100 miles from New Orleans, one of the areas worst hit by Hurricane Katrina. The donations collected by the Catholic center will be distributed door-to-door by the students and to neighboring shelters.

Sacrificing time

"Being college students, we don't have a lot of money to give," said Lease, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "The biggest sacrifice we could make was our time."

A missionary from the Biloxi area, Matt Manint, who recently gave a talk about his experiences to students at St. Paul's, is now awaiting the students' arrival and will help with the direct distribution of the donations.

The students will also be able to attend Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Rodi, the bishop for the Diocese of Biloxi, in the remnants of St. Michael Church, Biloxi, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, according to Lease. At the Mass they plan to present to the bishop a sheet of prayers offered by members of the St. Paul's community, to be displayed in the worship space of the church.

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Christmas Party:
Apostolate to Handicapped

MONROE -- The Apostolate to the Handicapped announces its 39th Christmas party for the handicapped will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Monroe Senior High School.

"He Calls Us Each by Name" is the theme of the annual event. Plans are being made for about 1,200 disabled guests.

Large celebration

Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Madison, will preside and deliver the homily at the 11 a.m. Mass. He will be joined by 20 priests of the diocese who will concelebrate the Mass with him.

The Diocesan Choir under the direction of Dr. Pat Gorman will sing for the Mass, along with Hugo and Heidi. Randy Gracyalny will be the cantor for the Mass and will be joined by musicians from St. Victor Parish, Monroe, along with instrumentalists from Monroe High School, directed by Tom Schilt.   Full story ...

Pat Born: Puts experience to work as archivist

MADISON -- Her 32 years of experience working in the Diocese of Madison is proving to be helpful to Pat Born in her new position as diocesan archivist.

Born, who assumed her new position in May, has worked in the diocese since she graduated from Edgewood College in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She has been a teacher in a Catholic school, a director of religious education, and an administrative assistant to Msgr. Paul J. Swain, Bishop William H. Bullock, and most recently Bishop Robert C. Morlino. She currently serves under the Chancellor, Kevin Phelan.

The Archives - located at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison - was established in accordance with the Code of Canon Law. Its mission is to "collect, preserve and make available for research the official records of the Diocese and those ancillary records which reflect the work of the Church within the Diocese."

The Archives seeks to promote an understanding of the origins, aims, and goals of the diocese as reflected in the workings of the official diocesan offices, agencies, institutions, and offices.   Full story ...

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