Madison Catholic Herald
New president named for Janesville Hospital Print
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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

JANESVILLE -- The excitement continues to build around the new St. Mary's Janesville Hospital. Just two days after breaking ground, SSM Health Care of Wisconsin announced that Kerry Swanson will be the hospital's new president.

Swanson is currently the chief operating officer at Alliance Community Hospital, a 200-bed facility located in Alliance, Ohio. This won't be the first new hospital she opens. While at Alliance Community Hospital, she was integral in the planning and opening of a new facility. She also has extensive experience in physician relations, quality improvement, patient and employee satisfaction, and operations.

"We wanted to find someone with the experience in helping plan and open a new hospital as well as someone who would be a great fit with the Janesville community," said Mary Starmann-Harrison, regional president and CEO of SSM Health Care of Wisconsin.

"After an extensive nationwide candidate search, we've found that person in Kerry Swanson."

Swanson began her career as a staff nurse and has since served in leadership positions at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, and as chief nursing officer/chief operating officer at Alliance Community Hospital.

Swanson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Malone College in Canton, Ohio, and this fall will be completing a Masters in Health Administration from Warren National University in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Searching for God while unemployed Print
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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

JANESVILLE -- "There is no simple blueprint for a spirituality of work for the unemployed. Such spirituality is especially difficult because it must begin in frustration, in a dark night of loss and devastation.

"At the start we may be frightened. The outcome for each unemployed worker, as for Abraham so long ago, is unknown. But the spirituality of work offers an invitation to find God in a new way.

"A spirituality of work for unemployed workers rests on the conviction that God's grace is somehow present in every circumstance." -- The Spirituality of Work by Joseph Gosse

Individuals are invited to join the area unemployed and their families at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert C. Morlino on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at St. William Church in Janesville. Area pastors will be concelebrating. Refreshments will follow.

The event is being sponsored by the Janesville/Milton Cluster of Catholic Churches.

Parish pitches in to help devoted principal Print
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- There aren’t many pastors who would willingly let someone throw a cream pie in his face.

But Msgr. Ken Fiedler did just that -- for a price. At the recent Bolserpalooza fund-raising event for Steve Bolser, the long-time principal at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Monsignor Fiedler agreed to make himself a target in the pie-throwing contest for $1,000.

Twenty minutes later, parishioners came up with the money allowing Steve’s wife, Mel, to target the priest. “Mel missed the first time, but then she got me,” recalled Monsignor Fiedler with a smile.

Bishop dons chef’s hat for St. Ambrose benefit Print
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Written by Joan Carey, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- St. Ambrose Academy is busily preparing for its biggest fundraiser of the year, a gala Christmas celebration with Bishop Robert C. Morlino, including a festive gourmet dinner and silent auction.

“St. Ambrose Academy continues to do outstanding work in the academic, spiritual, and personal formation of young people,” said Bishop Morlino.

“This event offers us a great opportunity not only to support an excellent, young, Catholic institution, but also to come together to celebrate a great Saint of the Church, and to cheer on some future saints. I welcome all of you to join us for what promises to be another great evening with the ‘chefs’ of St. Ambrose!”

Sacred Hearts students share wisdom and 400 chances to win with raffle calendar Print
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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

SUN PRAIRIE -- While it may be a bit early to be thinking about 2009, the children at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary School in Sun Prairie have already given it a great deal of thought.

The 2009 raffle calendar includes inspiring thoughts from children throughout the school. Each month features a different question including "Where do you see love?," "Name one special thing you learned from a teacher?," and "What do you do to help others?" Children wrote responses that are included throughout the calendar.

"The children have a great perspective that is sure to make anyone smile all year through" said Kim Frederick, principal. One second-grader, in answer to "How are you and your dad alike?" answered "we both like taking a nap."

Only 3,000 raffle calendars are sold at $25 each. Proceeds support Catholic education at Sacred Hearts School. As a perpetual raffle, winning tickets are included in future drawings for the rest of the year. All prizewinners are mailed a check for the total of their winnings. Daily winners are posted at

To read the students' wisdom and have more than 400 chances to win daily prizes ranging from $25 to $300, purchase a raffle calendar by contacting Jill Conaway at the school at 608-837-8508.


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