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May 3, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 17   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Fr. Bernard E. Pierick dies

-- Posted: 5/5/2007, 11:09 a.m. Central Time

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Fr. Bernard E. Pierick

MADISON -- Fr. Bernard E. Pierick, 83, a retired priest of the Diocese of Madison, died on Thursday, May 3.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 602 Everglade Dr., Madison. Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Madison, will be main celebrant and Fr. Ronald G. Rank will be homilist.

Visitation will be at the Joyce Ryan Funeral Home, 5701 Odana Rd., Madison, on Monday, May 7, from 4 p.m. until a Scripture service at 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 8, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served following the Mass in the parish social hall.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. at St. Philip Cemetery, Highland.

Father Pierick was born on September 8, 1923, in Highland to Dr. Herman and Mary Pierick. He attended St. Anthony Grade School and Highland High School in Highland.

He studied philosophy at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He studied theology at S.T.B. St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore, Md., and did graduate studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Madison on May 31, 1947, by Bishop William P. O'Connor. He would have celebrated 60 years as a priest this month.

He served as associate pastor at St. Jude Parish, Beloit. He was superintendent of Beloit Catholic High School and administrator of St. Paul, Parish, Beloit. He was on leave with an illness for six months, and then returned as principal of Beloit Catholic High School.

He served as pastor at St. Mary, Bloomington; St. Mary of the Nativity, Janesville; St. Joseph, East Bristol; and St. Mary, Platteville. He was chaplain at Divine Savior Hospital & Nursing Home in Portage and retired in March of 1993. He resigned the chaplaincy in June of 1993.

He also served as chaplain of the Serra Club of Beloit; member and then president of the Priest Senate (now known as the Presbyteral Council); a diocesan consultor; dean of Rock Deanery; an original member of the Personnel Board; and director of the diocesan Office of Clergy Development.

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Durward's Glen:
Purchased by a Catholic college

Durward's Glen history:
Goes back more than 125 years

DURWARD'S GLEN -- According to the Diocese of Madison's Golden Jubilee book published in 1997, the history of the picturesque region of Durward's Glen goes back more than 125 years.   Full story ...

BARABOO -- At a press conference held outside the chapel at Durward's Glen, April 30, Magdalen College of Warner, N.H., announced its purchase of the property for use as an extension of its college.

The acquisition was made possible partly through the generosity of local supporters and the Our Lady of the Rosary Investors Group, a Columbia County group of preservationists.

Durward's Glen recently closed its doors as a parish owned and operated since 1932 by the St. Camillus Religious community, headquartered in Milwaukee.

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Diocesan Choir concert: Offers peace, hope
to troubled world

MADISON -- For weary travelers in a troubled world, Dr. Patrick Gorman and the Madison Diocesan Choir offer a free spring concert this Saturday evening, May 5, to comfort the soul and renew hope.

The 7:30 p.m. concert at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center ends another year for the choir and Gorman, his 15th as its director. The evening of music also serves as farewell concert to choir members touring Europe for two weeks in June.

Gorman has chosen works by Distler, Hassler, Mendelssohn, and Vaughan Williams, as well as American folk hymns and Spirituals, all selections choir members will sing on their trip to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

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UW St. Paul's: Celebrates 100 years, looks to future

Foundation split,
good news
on funds

The week of the centennial celebration brought changes to St. Paul's, with more anticipated in the future. On April 16, the Foundation Board at St. Paul's was split into two.

One half became the Roman Catholic Foundation-UW Madison (RCF-UWM) and is made up of students, plus the pastor. This board will operate as a Registered Student Organization (RSO) and oversee student services funded by UW segregated student fees.   Full story ...

MADISON -- "What a wonderful treasure you are," Bishop Robert C. Morlino told those attending a special 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, April 22, at St. Paul's University Catholic Center.

Bishop Morlino noted that campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison began long before the Diocese of Madison existed. "We have much to celebrate," said the bishop.

The centennial celebration marked the establishment of St. Paul's University Chapel Corporation in 1907, formed for advancing "the religious and educational interests of the Catholic students of the University of Wisconsin." Ground was broken in 1909 for St. Paul's Catholic Center and the building was dedicated on January 27, 1910.   Full story ...

Evangelical Catholic:
Focuses on 'getting connected'

MADISON -- "I'm so grateful that you're here," Bishop Robert C. Morlino said to hundreds of Catholics at the 2007 Evangelical Catholic Institute, held this year at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.

"I'm so grateful that you are so on fire with the love of Jesus Christ," he said. "What we need is every Catholic, every day, to feel invited to meet Jesus Christ risen from the dead in a life-changing way, and you have a special sense for that."

Bishop Morlino had stopped by the institute to introduce and to listen to the talk by Cardinal Avery Dulles, the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University and an internationally known author and lecturer.   Full story ...

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