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April 6, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 13   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Article removed: Because of a licensing agreement with Catholic News Service, The Catholic Herald may archive CNS news stories for only 30 days. A CNS article has been removed from this site: Bishop Morlino: Addresses National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (article was posted on 4/11/2006, 2:55 p.m. Central Time).

A related story was published in the April 13, 2006 print edition (page 2) of The Catholic Herald.

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Related items:   (Posted: 4/11/2006, 2:55 p.m. Central Time)

Full text of the keynote address by Bishop Robert C. Morlino at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington on April 7, 2006:
"The Dictatorship of Relativism" (Web page)
"The Dictatorship of Relativism" Adobe PDF icon (PDF file, 26.5 KB)
"La Dictadura del Relativismo" Adobe PDF icon (PDF en Español, 43.7 KB)

Invitation to Chrism Mass

MADISON -- Priests and people of the Diocese of Madison are invited to attend the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Maria Goretti Church, Madison. Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside and preach at the Mass.

At this Mass, priests of the Diocese of Madison renew their commitment to priestly service. The bishop also blesses the Sacred Oils that are used in administration of sacraments in parishes throughout the diocese in the coming year.

The church is wheelchair accessible. There will be a sign-language interpreter. Assistive-listening devices and large-print programs also will be available.

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Easter issue: April 13, 2006

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May 4, 2006

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Strategic planning: Results of in-pew survey released

MADISON -- Three strategic planning sessions were held recently around the diocese to discuss the results of the in-pew survey, conducted in November 2005. The evenings were for priests and their invitees to be introduced to the results that indicate some of the needs of parishioners around the diocese.

Planning for the future: what next?

With the completion of the parish feedback meetings, Chancellor Kevin Phelan said the parish planning process can get under way at full steam. "The datasheets for the parishes are now in the hands of the pastors and parish leadership and very shortly there should be discussions around the future focus of parish education, outreach, and priorities," he said.

The diocesan process is still in the beginning stages, however. "While each parish can now determine with the help of parishioners where it needs to go, the diocese will need time just to sort through the mountains of data collected and organized by this effort," said Phelan.   Full story ...

The sessions were held at St. Mary Parish, Platteville; St. John the Baptist Parish, Montello; and the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, Madison. At the sessions, the parish representatives were given handouts that explained the template of the summary of findings, as well as parish reports, deanery reports, and diocesan reports to take back to their parishes.

In Madison, Msgr. Paul J. Swain, vicar general, thanked those attending for their cooperation with the in-pew survey. He prayed that people in the diocese be good stewards and pass on a "vibrant church" to people in the future. "As we plan for the future, we do so with hope," he said. "We pray that we will be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit."

Kevin Phelan, chancellor, noted that Bishop William H. Bullock, now bishop emeritus, had invited the Center for applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to do an analysis and projection of active priests. Those projections have proven to be accurate.   Full story ...

Evangelical Catholics:
Bring faith, excitement to institute

More information, resources

Next year's Evangelical Catholic Institute will be held April 13 and 14, 2007. Cardinal Avery Dulles, member of The Evangelical Catholic board, will return as a keynote speaker, along with Fr. Robert Barron of the evangelical Catholic radio program Word on Fire.

A DVD of the speakers and workshops for this year's institute will be available online at

For more information on The Evangelical Catholic, contact Marcella Colbert, associate director, at 608-821-3163 or e-mail:

MADISON -- College students, priests, seminarians, and parish leaders from around the country were drawn together March 31 and April 1 at St. Paul's University Catholic Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus for the Evangelical Catholic Institute, aimed at building the evangelical movement within the Catholic Church.

The institute is an annual part of The Evangelical Catholic's (EC) efforts to promote evangelical Catholic spirituality and ministries. Started about nine years ago at St. Paul's by directors Tim and Sandy Kruse, the organization builds off the Second Vatican Council's and the late Pope John Paul II's visions for evangelism, putting the theory into practice through evangelizing, establishing, equipping, and training disciples and leaders.   Full story ...

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