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March 22, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 11   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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St. Raphael Cathedral:
Anniversary brings hope for future

MADISON -- On the second anniversary of the fire that destroyed St. Raphael Cathedral, parishioners and others gathered at nearby Meriter Retirement Center not only to pray in remembrance, but also for the future of the cathedral.

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They may soon have their answer.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino, who presided at the prayer service, said during a town hall meeting afterwards that he will be making public his decision on the cathedral in June.

But he was still open to the thoughts of those in the diocese on what will be done.   Full story ...

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Guided by the Spirit: Planning Commission
and work ahead

There was a collective sigh of relief as all of the 41 clusters from around the Diocese of Madison submitted on March 9 the Cluster Suggestions to the Planning Commission for their consideration.

The Planning Commission will now meet at the Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center on Wednesday through Friday, March 21 to 23. During this time they will be considering the Cluster Suggestions while going over all of the cluster evaluations, parish short/long forms, parish summaries, and updated data verification sheets.

This group of eight priests and eight laypersons each received a 14 pound box this past weekend of all the pertinent information for their review prior to coming together this week.

Planning duos

Every member of the Planning Commission has been paired with a partner to create a "planning duo." Each duo has been assigned five to six clusters for them to get to know in depth by reading all of the information that each parish and cluster has made available to the Planning Commission.

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Pro-life supporters: 'Draw together' for life, laughs

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MADISON -- If you love life, you should show it by being joyful. That was the message given by speakers at the first diocesan Respect Life Dinner held on March 13 at the Edgewater Hotel in downtown Madison.

The dinner was sponsored by the diocesan Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach. With the theme, "Draw Together," the event was planned to draw together people in the pro-life movement as well as to raise money for pro-life efforts in the Diocese of Madison.

The dinner featured talks by speaker and pro-life editorial cartoonist Chuck Asay (pronounced Ay-see) and Bishop Robert C. Morlino, along with remarks by Susanna Herro, director of the diocesan office.

Asay, an award-winning and recently retired cartoonist from the Colorado Springs Gazette, delighted the diners with impromptu drawings demonstrating some of the tactics and struggles in furthering the life debate, some featuring audience members as the key characters.   Full story ...

Berlin teacher: Under investigation

BERLIN -- A Berlin teacher has been placed on immediate administrative leave recently pending investigation of allegation of improper behavior.

The district attorney's office of Green Lake County is pursuing charges against Gary Lawrence, a former computer teacher at All Saints Elementary School in Berlin, with sexual assault.

Immediately upon learning of the allegation against Lawrence, All Saints Principal, Steve Zangl, called the parish pastor and the diocesan superintendent of schools. The Green Lake County Crisis Information Center was informed of the allegation and the matter was discussed with the Berlin Police Department.   Full story ...

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