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August 17, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 29   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Bishop plans townhall meetings
on cathedral future

-- Updated: 9/7/2006 (changes in blue)

Bishop Robert C. Morlino has scheduled townhall meetings in various parts of the Diocese of Madison to solicit input from parishioners on the future of the cathedral.

More articles on St. Raphael Cathedral

The bishop has said that the cathedral helps fulfill four responsibilities of the bishop: to teach the truth of Christ with priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and lay faithful; to lead worship; to build unity; and to exercise a ministry of charity with the poor and needy. All of this activity should be present in the cathedral as the "mother church" of the diocese, he said.

The bishop wants people to give their input on the location of the cathedral. Although he has spoken about the advantages of a downtown location, his mind is not made up at this time, he told the Diocesan Pastoral Council in July.

All meetings begin at 7 p.m.:

• Wednesday, Sept. 6 - St. Albert the Great Parish, Sun Prairie

• Thursday, Sept. 21 - St. John Parish, Montello

Thursday, Sept. 28 - St. William Parish, Janesville

Saturday, Oct. 14 - Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center, Madison*

Monday, Oct. 16 - St. Cecilia Parish, Wisconsin Dells*

Friday, Nov. 10 - St. Mary Parish, Platteville*

* Tentative due to Bishop Swain's consecration

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Wedding: August 24, 2006

Retreat Centers #2: Sept. 7, 2006

Vocations #2: Sept. 14, 2006

Building Renovation/ Senior Focus: Sept. 21, 2006

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New superintendent:
His first priority is to ensure Catholic identity in all schools

photo of John McBroom and Emily Strenski standing in the doorway at St. Bernard School, Watertown

READY FOR SCHOOL -- John McBroom, left, first grade and day care, and Emily Strenski, pre-school and day care, stand in the doorway at St. Bernard School, Watertown. (Catholic Herald photo by Jeff Allen)

MADISON -- As the new superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Madison, Michael J. Lancaster said his first priority is "to ensure an undeniable, firmly rooted Catholic identity in all of our schools."

In an interview, he said, "The people I've talked with so far are extremely dedicated. Catholic educators are really dedicated, committed, and wonderful people. I'm very much looking forward to working with the principals. They're just fantastic."

He said a secondary goal is to ensure the intellectual/academic formation of students in Catholic schools, which he says, though it is critical, it is secondary to faith formation and Catholic identity.

Visited most schools

The new superintendent said he has already visited most of the 47 Catholic schools in the diocese. "I will try to get to all five geographic areas of the diocese for teacher in-services in late August. I really want to be visible for the principals and teachers. That's an important opportunity to make a statement about the work they do."

Lancaster will be meeting with new principals on August 16; principals and teachers who mentor new teachers on August 18; and all principals on September 22. He will also be attending the Central Education Institute on September 29 at the Marriott Hotel.   Full story ...

Garden of Innocence:
Designed to remember the unborn

BELOIT -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino will bless the Garden of Innocence in Mt. Thabor Cemetery, Beloit, on Thursday, Sept. 7, during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

The Garden of Innocence, made possible by the donations of many generous people, is dedicated exclusively for the burial and/or memorialization of the unborn. It is the result of months of planning and fund raising by Sandy Blevins, director of the Office of Faith Formation at Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Beloit.

After experiencing three early pregnancy losses and one early infant death, Blevins recognized the need for a place to memorialize her babies. Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl, pastor of Our Lady of Assumption, suggested she contact the Department of Cemeteries for the Diocese of Madison.

The department is responsible for the management and operations of the four diocesan cemeteries, of which Mt. Thabor is one. It was decided that the Department of Cemeteries would donate the land for the garden and arrange for the wholesale purchase of monuments, statuary, and benches.

Tom Hanlon, director of cemeteries, and Blevins, along with others interested in the project, designed a section within Mt. Thabor. The area contains 400 small spaces for burial and three monuments for inscription of babies' names.

The monuments are manufactured from American Gray granite. There are also two granite benches and a bronze statue of an angel cuddling a baby. Ambrose Greenhouse in Roscoe, Ill. offered landscaping at a substantial discount.   Full story ...

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