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Diocesan-wide schools congress culminates planning process Print
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Written by Michael Lancaster, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Oct. 08, 2009 -- 12:00 AM
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A teacher helps a student at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Madison, at the beginning of the school year. (Catholic Herald file photo)

MADISON -- Over the course of the past year the Office of Catholic Schools has undertaken a major planning effort to help set the direction of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Madison.

The goal of the process is to develop a plan that will strengthen Catholic schools throughout all areas of the diocese, ensuring that they are available, affordable, and accessible in the near future and for generations to come.

Meetings have been held in over 16 locations throughout the diocese. Over 100 people have generously given their time and talent to serve as members of the core teams and steering committee and over 1,000 people answered our survey on Catholic schools while hundreds more attended task force meetings this past summer. In all, over 2,000 people throughout the diocese have participated in the planning process.

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Women's Ignatian retreat at Durward's Glen Print
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Thursday, Oct. 08, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

DURWARD'S GLEN -- A silent Ignatian women's retreat, with spiritual exercises preached by the Priests of Miles Christi, begins at Durward's Glen on Friday, Oct. 23, with registration at 4 p.m. The retreat continues through Sunday Mass ending by 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25.

The fee for this three-day retreat is $175 and includes the retreat house rental, room and board, meals, and a minimum travel expense for the preachers.

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Msgr. Bartylla named Serra Chaplain of the Year Print
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Thursday, Oct. 01, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The USA Council of Serra International recently announced that Msgr. James Bartylla has been named Serra Chaplain of the Year for 2009 for Region 7.

Monsignor Bartylla has been chaplain of the Madison Serra Club and vocation director for the Diocese of Madison for the past five years. He was cited for vocation efforts in Madison, Janesville, and the 11-county diocese.

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Parish cooks up faith and family Print
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Thursday, Oct. 01, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Erika Frederick never guessed the path to family and faith would be paved with peanut butter and marshmallows.

But when she capped her work on the Our Lady Queen of Peace cookbook with a cooking class for her kids and some of their friends, she found the connection. As the children dug in to mix and form "Crispy Cereal Roll-ups," she saw them learning lessons of working as a team, sharing values, and building memories.

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Princeton Catholic school pays tribute with a Night in New Orleans Print
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Thursday, Oct. 01, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

PRINCETON -- What does a Catholic school in the small town of Princeton, Wis., have in common with the large southern city of New Orleans, La.?

St. John the Baptist School in Princeton believes it shares with New Orleans "a great love for our way of life and a desire to preserve it for future generations," says St. John School parent Mary Soda.

"St. John is a nurturing environment, based on Catholic values, respect for life, and serving others. We have small class sizes, high curriculum standards, and more spirit than you can pack into a Mardi Gras Parade," she said.

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