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August 31, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 31   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...

Pope Benedict XVI Names Msgr. Paul J. Swain Eighth Bishop of Diocese of Sioux Falls,
South Dakota

-- Posted: 8/31/2006, 11:59 a.m. Central Time
-- Updated: 8/31/2006, 2:16 p.m. Central Time

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Bishop Paul J. Swain

MADISON -- Today at noon in Rome (5 a.m. Central Time), the Holy See announced that Pope Benedict XVI has named Madison priest Reverend Monsignor Paul J. Swain as the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

"I am honored and humbled to be named by Pope Benedict who has set forth such an uplifting yet challenging call in his first encyclical, homilies, and meditations to live the vocation of love in its deepest sense," said Bishop Swain (age 62). He will be introduced to the people of Sioux Falls at a press conference today at 10 a.m. The Diocese of Sioux Falls has been vacant for twenty months, since Bishop Robert Carlson was transferred to the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan. Bishop Swain will be consecrated and installed as Bishop of Sioux Falls within the next several months.

"This is a tremendous honor for our Diocese," said Bishop Robert C. Morlino. "The Holy Father has personally chosen Bishop Swain and I couldn't be happier for him and for the whole church. His appointment brings great honor upon our fine priests and our wonderful, faithful people in the Diocese of Madison. His departure will leave a great void here, both in the chancery and in the downtown parishes, but I am confident that the Holy Spirit will provide for us. I will, in a deeply personal way, miss his close and faithful collaboration as my Vicar General."   Full story ...

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photo of horse and buggy on the way to a Mass celebrating the sesquicentennial of Immaculate Conception Parish in Truman, Wisconsin

left arrow A horse and buggy carrying Bishop Robert C. Morlino and Fr. Monte Robinson, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Truman, passes modern-day vehicles on the way to a Mass celebrating the parish's sesquicentennial. Driven by parishioners Pat and Lorna Mae McDonald, the carriage was a reminder of the way most churchgoers came to Mass 150 years ago. See story below. (Catholic Herald photo by Kathleen Bushman)

Strategic planning:
'Guided by the Spirit' project begins

Next steps in planning process

Pastors meetings: September 6 at 12 noon beginning with lunch or September 7 at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch (priests choose one), Bishop O'Connor Center, Madison

Core committees: Pastors choose core committees in each parish, usually including four parish leaders and pastor

Pastors and core committee trainings: October 9 and 10, 7:30 to 10 p.m., places to be announced

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison is embarking on a new phase of parish and school planning being called "Guided by the Spirit."

In a letter to parish priests in August, Bishop Robert C. Morlino discussed the process. "It is a process which will engage you and your parish leaders in conversations, suggestions, and responses," said the bishop.

"Ultimately I will receive recommendations, make decisions, and call for implementation of viable parish and school structures for the future."

Hired the Reid Group

As part of this process, Bishop Morlino has hired the Reid Group, a nationally recognized consulting firm, to help the diocese plan for the future. "Their mission is to help leaders and organizations transform challenges into opportunities," said Bishop Morlino.   Full story ...

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Organ dedication in Monroe

Embryonic stem cells: New research claims called a 'sham'

Labor Day statement: Immigrant rights, challenges


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Raising children Catholic:
Promises made before marriage

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Book of Revelation:
Placing trust in the Lord

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Future special sections:

Retreat Centers #2: Sept. 7, 2006

Vocations #2: Sept. 14, 2006

Building Renovation/ Senior Focus: Sept. 21, 2006

Respect Life: Sept. 28, 2006

Parish Events Calendar: Oct. 5, 2006

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Diocesan Hispanic Choir:
Begins sixth year, welcomes new singers, instrumentalists

• En Español: Coro Diocesano Hispano: Comienza su sexto año, busca miembros nuevos

MADISON -- The Diocesan Hispanic Choir directed by Toni Kellor (María Antonia Alaniz) is beginning its sixth year with its first rehearsal scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Center's choir room.

The main purpose of the choir is to offer Spanish speakers in the Diocese of Madison an opportunity to unite in praising the Lord in songs. Members also learn to read music, plan liturgies, obtain voice training, and gain experience in cantoring.

"We welcome new singers," said Kellor. "They don't have to know how to speak Spanish, just how to pronounce it. We have bi-lingual rehearsals."   Full story ...

Immaculate Conception:
Celebrates gift of 150 years in Truman community

TRUMAN -- Immaculate Conception Parish isn't just a church: it's home.

More than 200 people, parishioners and visitors alike, came to the church for a Mass and dinner August 13. They were celebrating what pastor Fr. Monte Robinson calls a "gift": 150 years of faith in which the parish has been the home and center of the rural community.

Greeters, in lei-like welcome, placed miraculous medals of St. Catherine Labouré around the necks of attendees as they entered the church. The medals symbolized a connection with the parish and with the Blessed Virgin Mary and an invitation to be closer to God.   Full story ...

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