Madison Catholic Herald
Bishop joins Portage parish in celebrating 175 years Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

PORTAGE -- St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish celebrated its 175th anniversary of parish life on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and though the snowstorm that dropped about 6.5 inches by the following afternoon kept some from attending, including Bishop Robert C. Morlino and the parish's oldest parishioner, the event was well-attended according to reports.

The Mass was the final event of the demisemiseptcentennial of the parish, the oldest parish in the Diocese of Madison and the second oldest in Wisconsin.

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Madison-Ghana dioceses work together Print
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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 -- 1:00 AM
JANESVILLE — On Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at 6 p.m. Fr. Steve Umhoefer and Carl Brey, both of Nativity of Mary Parish in Janesville, departed Madison for a trip to Ghana so that they could evaluate several aspects of the Global Solidarity Partnership (GSP) between the Catholic Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga (N/B) in the Upper East Region of Ghana and the Diocese of Madison.

On this trip they met with Bishop Lucas Abadamloora; Vicar General Msgr. Thomas Anamooh; Fr. Emmanuel Acheampong, the head of the GSP in Ghana; Fr. Augustine Ayaga and Joseph Ayembilla of the diocesan development office; and David Azupogo, director of the Farmers Training Center and the person responsible for the Donkey Project, all major factors in the GSP in Ghana.

Over the course of several days Father Umhoefer and Brey were in the presence of one or more of these people for up to 14 hours per day. During the course of eight days in Ghana there were numerous meetings and discussions. At these meetings Father Umhoefer and Brey were extremely impressed by the strength of the commitment to the GSP on both sides and in what they can do for each other.

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Four parishes sponsor series on St. Paul Print
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Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

Last summer, Pope Benedict XVI announced a year of celebration in honor of St. Paul the Apostle to run from June 28, 2008 (feast day of the Conversion of St. Paul) to June 28, 2009. The Vatican has encouraged Catholics around the world to study St. Paul in Scripture to “revitalize our faith in the light of his teachings and life.”

In order to facilitate this study, four area parishes have joined forces to create a lecture series about St. Paul, one of our great saints and an early founder of the Church. St. Patrick Parish in Cottage Grove, St. Ann Parish in Stoughton, Holy Mother of Consolation Parish in Oregon, and Christ the King Parish in McFarland will each host a guest lecturer for this series to run January through March. Each program will be approximately 1.5 hours in length and will include time for discussion.

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Madison clinic considers performing midterm abortions Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 -- 1:00 AM
 pro-life
 Curt Jacobson, a parishioner of St. Peter Parish in Madison, holds a sign at the corner of Park St. and Regent St., outside the Madison Surgery Center. The clinic, jointly operated by University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, will perform second-trimester abortions if a plan currently requiring board approval is enacted. (Catholic Herald photo by Kat Wagner)

MADISON -- Pro-life groups gathered outside the Madison Surgery Center on January 8 for a peaceful prayer rally organized by Madison Vigil for Life to protest newly revealed plans by University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) to begin performing late-second trimester abortions at its jointly operated clinic in Madison.

"We're at a critical juncture for this battle for life," said Steve Karlen, co-director of Madison Vigil for Life, which organized the protest after the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) alerted them to UWHC's plans. "We wanted to come out here to make a statement to the community that we don't want any abortions performed here, much less an abortion center.

"If they go forward with these plans, they can expect a constant presence from us," Karlen added. "We're not going away soon."

Last Updated on Tuesday, May. 26, 2009 -- 10:45 AM
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St. Ambrose Christmas dinner Print
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Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009 -- 1:00 AM
  St. Ambrose Dinner
 Bishop Robert C. Morlino and his “sous-chefs” show off the gourmet Italian meal they are preparing for the St. Ambrose dinner. With the bishop are, from left: William Yallaly and Brent King from the diocesan staff and Dan Bower from Queen Anne’s Catering. (Catholic Herald photo/Joe Ptak)
MADISON — Hundreds of staunch supporters of Catholic education and St. Ambrose Academy flocked, or rather, skated, to the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center on December 19 after a huge snowstorm for Christmas Dinner With the Bishop, the school’s major fundraiser of the year.

For the second year in a row, Bishop Robert C. Morlino donned a chef hat and apron and spent the day cooking with St. Ambrose students in preparation for the festive event.

Sold-out event

The evening included a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres with plenty of time to browse through items donated to the silent auction, a gourmet Italian meal, and live Christmas music.

Bishop Morlino was delighted by the turnout of those who braved the weather to support the cause of St. Ambrose Academy: “I am overwhelmed by the attendance here, by the number of people!” he told those who packed the sold-out banquet hall.
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