MADISON -- Will we eventually have a saint who lived and worked in the Diocese of Madison?
That could happen depending on the outcome of a process set in motion on February 20. Bishop Robert C. Morlino issued a decree constituting a diocesan Board of Inquiry to examine a "presumed miraculous cure" attributed to Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P.
Bishop Morlino named Fr. Kevin D. Holmes as judge delegate in charge of the proceedings. He also appointed five other persons as members of the tribunal: Msgr. Michael E. Hippee, promoter of justice; Dr. Richard M. Carr, a medical doctor for the inquiry; Grant R. Emmel, notary; Carolyn J. Fangmeier, first vice-notary; and David R. J. Stiennon, second vice-notary.
The tribunal was convened on February 20 at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison. Each member took an oath to fulfill their duties and maintain secrecy.
Bishop Morlino told the tribunal members, "This is a very serious moment, because the truth of what we're about to investigate matters for the whole Church. If all goes well, it will lead to an infallible proclamation of the pope."
If Father Mazzuchelli is eventually declared a saint, this could bear fruit for our diocese, said the bishop. It would especially inspire vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Full story ...
First 'White Mass': Brings together health care workers
MADISON -- Dr. Bill Evans and Dr. Joseph Bellissimo are partners in more than their medical practice. The two doctors are also active in the Catholic Medical Association (CMA).
They are spearheading the first "White Mass" to be held in the Diocese of Madison on Sunday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 404 E. Main St. in Madison.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino will celebrate the Mass, which is customarily celebrated for health care workers. The "white" refers to the traditional color of the attire of health care personnel, as well as the symbol in the church of hope and comfort to the ill and hospitalized.
All medical professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend, along with priests and religious in the health care ministry. After the Mass, Bishop Morlino will speak at a reception for all attendees. A light meal will be served.
Evans and Bellissimo have been attending national CMA meetings as well as activities in Milwaukee. "We hope to establish a guild of the CMA in Madison," said Evans. Full story ...
Guided by the Spirit: Living into parish mergers
Given the current diminishing number of priests, the capital needs of some parishes, inadequate funding, close proximity to other parishes, and a desire to maximize human and financial resources, some parish clusters will be suggesting mergers and the Planning Commission may be recommending parish mergers to other clusters.
While acknowledging the need to consolidate parishes one must also recognize the pain and loss that is being experienced by the merging communities.
As Catholic Christians we know that the "life-death-resurrection" of Christ is at the heart of our beliefs. Through baptism we are incorporated into that mystery. It is when we actually experience loss in its many forms that we are challenged to believe that some "new life" can come from it. When parishes merge, loss is experienced on three levels.
First on a personal level we realize that life will be different. I may need to leave behind participating in liturgy at a church which my great-great-grandparents worked and sacrificed to build. Full story ...