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From the Bishop
Importance of reading and studying the Bible Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

Recently, Pope Francis designated the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, which falls on January 26 this year, as the Word of God Sunday, to honor the Scriptures and to lift up the importance of Divine Revelation given to us through the Bible.

St. Jerome, who dedicated his life to translating the entire Bible into Latin, famously said that "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ." As Christians, we are grounded in the Word, confident that the Holy Spirit inspired the biblical authors to write what they did as the definitive and inerrant expression of God's communication to His people.

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Bishop Donald J. Hying schedule Print
Bishop's schedule
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: Society of St. Vincent de Paul Spiritual Advisor Training, Madison

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020: Annual Catholic Appeal Kickoff Event, Madison

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, 8:15 a.m.,: Celebrate all school Mass and visit school, St. Joseph Parish, Fort Atkinson

6 p.m.: Attend and speak at St. Thomas Aquinas Dinner and Lecture, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Madison

 
The power of Baptism Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Jan. 09, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

This Sunday, we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, the closing of the Christmas season and an opportune moment to thank God for the remarkable grace of our own Baptism.

Jesus receives the Baptism of repentance from John, not because He needs it, but to sanctify the waters of Baptism and to identify with us in our sinful, fallen state, without ever having sinned Himself.

This compassionate identification with our weakness and death reaches its ultimate saving conclusion in the mystery of the crucifixion and resurrection.

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