Msgr. Donn J. Heiar
Prelate of his Holiness
Vicar General, Diocese of Madison; Pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison
A native of Richland Center, Monsignor Heiar attended UW-Platteville and did his seminary studies at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2000.
He has served as parochial vicar of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Portage; St. Mary Help of Christians, Briggsville; St. Mary of the Most Holy Rosary, Pardeeville; and St. Andrew, Buffalo. He has served as administrator of St. Paul, Evansville; and St. Augustine, Footville; and as pastor of St. Rose of Lima, Brodhead; St. Patrick, Albany; St. John Vianney, Janesville; and currently is pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, Madison.
"I'm surprised, overwhelmed, humbled, and grateful for the honor. I see the honor as a reflection of the people I've served within the Portage cluster, the Brodhead/Evansville cluster, St. John Vianney, Janesville, and now St. Thomas Aquinas, Madison," Monsignor Heiar said.
"It's an honor that's basically given to the church. It represents the pastoral work we have strived for, and I trust it will not be any sort of distraction as we continue to celebrate the sacraments of the church."
Msgr. Kevin D. Holmes
Prelate of his Holiness
Rector, St. Raphael Cathedral; Pastor, Holy Redeemer Parish, St. Patrick Parish, Madison
Monsignor Holmes is a native of Janesville. He did his undergraduate and philosophy
studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He finished seminary studies and received his Juris Canonici Baccalaureatus (JCB) at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
He was ordained in 1984. He has served as parochial vicar of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Sun Prairie, and Our Lady Queen of Peace, Madison. He has served as pastor of Holy Redeemer, Madison, previously; St. Michael, Dane; St. Aloysius, Sauk City; and most recently was named rector of St. Raphael Cathedral and pastor of Holy Redeemer and St. Patrick Parishes in Madison.
"I am, of course, deeply grateful to Bishop Morlino for arranging this honor from the Holy See. The Bishop is unfailingly kind and thoughtful in dealing with his priests and I am continually grateful for that," Monsignor Holmes said.
"In all honesty, when the Bishop named me rector of the cathedral, it crossed my mind that something like this might come . . . but I thought I might have to earn the honor by doing something useful for the rebuilding of the cathedral first!"
Msgr. James R. Bartylla
Chaplain of his Holiness
Master of Ceremonies for the Bishop; Director of Vocations, Diocese of Madison
Ordained in 2001, Monsignor Bartylla is originally from Milwaukee. He received his bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater, master's from UW-Milwaukee, and law degree from UW-Madison. He studied philosophy at Mundelein Seminary and theology at the North American College, Rome.
He has served as parochial vicar at St. Andrew, Verona, linked with St. William, Paoli; and at Immaculate Conception, Kieler, linked with St. Joseph, Sinsinawa. He served as pastor at St. Ignatius, Mt. Horeb, linked with St. Mary, Pine Bluff. He was named diocesan director of vocations in 2004.
"It is humbling to be named a Chaplain of His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI. I feel thrice blessed since I receive this honor from the Bishop I serve and love, Bishop Morlino, and share the honor with the priest who brought me to the priesthood, Msgr. Kevin Holmes, and my diocesan brother from our seminary days, Msgr. Donn Heiar," Monsignor Bartylla said.
"I have a profound sense of gratitude not only to Bishop Morlino but also to all my fellow priests who labor tirelessly in the Lord's vineyard and to our seminarians who inspire us with their commitment to seminary formation. I continually thank Jesus Christ for my priesthood, and hope other men will seek the happiness found in a vocation to the priesthood."