Madison Catholic Herald
New priests start assignments Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Priesthood Ordinations
Newly ordained priests, from left: Fr. Michael Johnson, Fr. Tim Mergen, Fr. Vince Racanelli, and Fr. Enan Zelinski stand in the sanctuary during their Ordination Mass on June 26 at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison. It was the largest ordination class in the Diocese of Madison since 2015. To view or purchase photos, go to
(Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- Four men -- newly ordained priests -- have started living out their calls to the priesthood.

They are Fr. Michael Johnson, Fr. Tim Mergen, Fr. Vincent Racanelli, and Fr. Enan Zelinski.

They were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison on June 26 at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison.

This past weekend, the time of new priest assignments taking effect, the new priests started serving in their respective parishes.

For Father Johnson, that meant serving as parochial vicar at St. Bernard and St. Henry Parishes Watertown.

Father Mergen began his time at St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Monroe as its parochial vicar.

Father Racanelli started his assignment as parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Parish in Waunakee and St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Westport.

Father Zelinski participated in his first Masses as parochial vicar at St. Cecilia Parish in Wisconsin Dells.

Youth urged to 'end the scourge of abortion' Print
National-World News
Written by Nate Madden, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
March for Life participants carry the banner past the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Jan. 22. Hundreds of thousands took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNS) -- On a chilly and cloudy morning on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., crowds gathered January 22 for the annual March for Life, this year marking the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand.

Hundreds of thousands gathered first to hear a lineup of speakers, before marching from the National Mall up Constitution Ave. to the U.S. Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill.

Early in the day, Pope Francis showed his support of the pro-life gathering by tweeting the theme: “Every Life is a Gift” with the hashtag #marchforlife.

By late morning, the temperature had reached about 40 degrees, warmer than many a previous march, and a music group opened the rally with the songs “To Be Loved” and “You’re Not Alone.”

Several members of Congress were in attendance, including U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, who told Catholic News Service, “I am here to make my colleagues listen.” Huelskamp said life is a core issue in the public debate, and that Kansas was already at the forefront of human rights issues. “They were at the forefront of the slavery issue,” he said, and are now at the forefront of the life issue.

Levi Fox, a volunteer and a graduate of Liberty University, said, “Half of our generation is missing. Sixty million have been killed since Roe v. Wade, which is why I am dedicating my time to the March for Life.”

Celebrating Catholic schools Print
Our Catholic Schools

Happy Catholic Schools Week! This coming Sunday marks the beginning of a national, week-long celebration of Catholic schools.

In the Diocese of Madison, each one of the 43 Catholic elementary and high schools will be celebrating their students, teachers, parents, and all of the incredible success and achievements of their students as they learn and grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Ongoing vigilance against abuse takes the form of action in diocese Print
Written by William D. Yallaly, Chancellor, Diocese of Madison   
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

Faced as we are with the ongoing specter of sin and even crime on the part of some priests, religious, and bishops of the Church, Bishop Robert Morlino has given clear direction that in the Diocese of Madison we will do all we can to continue to strengthen our efforts in the protection of children and vulnerable persons, to expand our work in oversight and transparency, and to increase our focus on rooting out sin at every level.

To that end, the following additional actions have already gotten underway in the past several months, with a great deal still to come:

• Prayer, sacrifice, reparation -- Prayer alone cannot suffice where there is clear need for concrete and decisive action. However, the grace of God is essential in achieving any good and our prayers do have an effect. The Church has been wounded through the terrible sins of her members and her ministers, and there must be spiritual as well as practical efforts made to repair the wounds.

To this end, the bishop himself has undertaken added prayer, sacrifice, and reparation for the purification of the Church and the healing of victims. He has also called for the faithful in the diocese to join with him in these prayers.

• Review of all files -- As many dioceses are now doing, the Diocese of Madison is in the process of scheduling a full, independent review of all priest personnel files. This will serve to make absolutely certain that not only have past cases been properly handled, but that historical instances of abuse are identified, even where no current victims might be known.

• Added work hours devoted to Safe Environment and Victim Assistance -- Responsibilities have been shifted among diocesan personnel and work hours have been added through the separation of the previously combined roles of “Director of Safe Environment” and “Victim Assistance Coordinator.” This separation of roles has already allowed for greater focus on both the constant improvement of safe environment processes and on caring for the needs of victims and accusers.

Running to stand still: the futility of sin Print
From the Diocesan Administrator
Thursday, Apr. 04, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Following is a homily given by Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator, for the third Sunday of Lent.

In today's Gospel, Jesus moves us from the "news of the Jerusalem Gazette" to the "Jerusalem Farmers' Almanac" in the short span of one Gospel passage.

First, there is the news of the Galileans killed by Pilate and then the 18 people killed in the fall of the tower at Siloam. Our Lord then, almost jarringly, shifts to the parable of the gardener, the fig tree, the decision to either cut down the fig tree for lack of fruit or leave it another year and cultivate and fertilize it to bear fruit.


Page 5 of 592