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March 29, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 12   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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St. Paul's University Catholic Center, Madison

Student center: Marks 100 years
of campus ministry

MADISON -- The birthplace of Catholic campus ministry in the United States is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a Mass and luncheon on Sunday, April 22.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino and St. Paul's University Catholic Center Pastor Fr. Eric H. Nielsen, as well as distinguished alumni Wisconsin Governor James E. Doyle and First Lady Jessica Doyle and Tommy and Sue Ann Thompson, former governor and first lady, are hosting the event to mark 100 years of the University of Wisconsin Roman Catholic Foundation's (UWRCF) ministry on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Father Neuhaus to speak

MADISON -- Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, named one of 32 "most influential intellectuals in America" by U.S. News and World Report and one of the 25 most influential Christian leaders by Time magazine, will speak at the 100th anniversary celebration for the University of Wisconsin Roman Catholic Foundation on Sunday, April 22.

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Father Neuhaus was brought up Lutheran and later ordained a Lutheran minister. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement and protesting the Vietnam War, before breaking with the left wing over its move toward abortion rights and socialism. After converting to Catholicism he was ordained in 1991. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

He is founder and editor of First Things, a journal published by the neoconservative Institute on Religion and Public Life, of which he is president, and religion editor for the National Review. He also has authored several books, including The Naked Public Square; Appointment in Rome: The Church in America Awakening; and Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, and the Splendor of Truth.

"It sounded like a good opportunity for us to speak about the direction we want to go, here at St. Paul's," said Father Nielsen. The celebration will be a good opportunity for those interested in Catholic evangelization, in the formation of young people, and bringing Catholic thought into the public arena, he said.

Birthplace of ministry

What is now St. Paul's began with a Thanksgiving dinner in 1883 at the University Ave. home of Mrs. John Melvin. There the group of young Catholic students decided to begin a Catholic society at the university, appropriately named "The Melvin Club."   Full story ...

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Easter: Apr. 5, 2007

Retreat Centers: Apr. 12, 2007

Senior Focus: Apr. 19, 2007

Summer Vacation: Apr. 26, 2007

Parish Festival Guide: May 3, 2007

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Catholics at Capitol:
Learning to dialogue

Bishops, politicians:
Talk religion
and politics

MADISON -- A panel discussion at Catholics at the Capitol brought together two bishops and two individuals involved in politics to discuss the interaction of religion and politics, especially with regard to recent highly publicized and divisive issues.

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of Milwaukee, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, former Lieutenant Governor Margaret Farrow, and former Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann took turns discussing politicians, the sexual abuse scandals, and even what they would say during a Super Bowl advertisement.   Full story ...

MADISON -- Catholics from around Wisconsin - more than 350 in number - gathered in the state capital for the Wisconsin Catholic Conference's (WCC) largest-ever legislative day, a biennial event addressing the need to bring Catholic social teaching into public policy.

The recent 2007 Catholics at the Capitol, sponsored by the WCC, the public policy voice of the state's bishops, featured workshops and general talks by individuals who are already affecting legislation to help those less fortunate.

Keynote speaker Dierdre McQuade, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-life Activities, addressed attendees during lunch about a Scriptural model for public engagement, especially in the realm of the fight for life.

Two of the five state bishops also were in attendance - Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Bishop Robert C. Morlino of the Diocese of Madison. Near the end of the day, they took part in a four-member panel discussion with former Lieutenant Governor Margaret Farrow and former Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann.   Full story ...

Planning Commission:
Offers preliminary recommendations

MADISON -- Since last summer the Diocese of Madison has been undergoing its Guided by the Spirit strategic planning process.

The Guided by the Spirit process seeks to serve the people and witness to the presence of Christ and the Church in the Diocese of Madison, while being good stewards of the diocese's priestly, monetary, and temporal resources well into the future.

This past week the Diocese of Madison's Planning Commission, made up of eight lay members from around the diocese and eight representative members of the clergy, took the next step in the process.   Full story ...

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