Madison Catholic Herald
Human rights award winner speaks in Beloit Print
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

BELOIT -- JOB (Justice Overcoming Borders), an affiliate of WISDOM, has invited Rev. Joseph Ellwanger to speak to religious leaders of all faith traditions Thursday, Dec. 18, for a 12 noon luncheon meeting at Wesley Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at 1760 Shore Dr. in Beloit.

Reverend Ellwanger was honored by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute's (BCRI) board of directors at the BCRI's 16th anniversary dinner, November 14, with the prestigious Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. BCRI's board of directors selected Reverend Ellwanger as its honoree because of his outstanding legacy as a civil rights advocate.

Reverend Ellwanger, a retired pastor, was one of the few white Southern ministers who supported the Civil Rights Movement. He helped plan the Birmingham demonstrations in 1963. He was president of the Birmingham Council on Human Relations, which provided behind-the-scenes support for civil rights work.

Religious leaders should RSVP to Rev. Kurt Handrich at 608-312-1087 if attending the luncheon.

Seminarian 2008 caroling schedule is announced Print
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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- Diocese of Madison seminarians are planning their 46th annual caroling tour. The group plans to go caroling at sites across the diocese December 20 and 21.

The caroling tour is an annual opportunity for the seminarians to share the sounds of the season with many around the diocese.

The carolers' tentative plan of places to visit includes:

Sat, Dec 20, 2008

  • 8 a.m. -- Dominican Center, Sinsinawa; St. Dominic Villa, Sinsinawa
  • 10 a.m. -- Bloomfield Manor, Dodgeville
  • 11:30 a.m. -- Mass at St Joseph, Dodgeville
  • 2:30 p.m. -- Greenway Manor, Spring Green
  • 3:30 p.m. -- Greenway Terrace, Spring Green
  • 7 p.m. -- Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac

Sun, Dec 21, 2008

  • 8 a.m. -- St Mary's Care Center, Madison
  • 9:30 a.m. -- Meriter Health Center, Madison
  • 11 a.m. -- Mass at Bishop's Mass, St. Patrick, Madison
  • 2:30 p.m. -- Nazareth House, Stoughton
  • 4:45 p.m. -- All Saints Assisted Living and Memory Care Center, Madison
International, Eucharistic centered youth retreat Print
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Written by Alison Curtis, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 -- 1:00 AM
MADISON — Youth and young adults, ages 13 to 30, are invited to take part in an exciting event taking place at the Bishop O’Connor Center on March 20 to 22, 2009.

YOUTH 2000, a Eucharistic centered retreat led by religious priests, Brothers, and Sisters from the Capuchin Franciscans of the Renewal from the Bronx, N.Y., and the Community of St. John from France, is an international spiritual initiative started in 1990 in response to Pope John Paul II’s call for a “New Evangelization.”

Bless Our Priest Collection held Dec. 13, 14 Print
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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- On the weekend of December 13 and 14 we encourage all to reflect upon the great impact our priests have had on our lives here in the Diocese of Madison.

Over the years, our priests have given faithful support to so many through countless hours of service and sacrifice. This annual collection says a very special thank you to both those who are retired and those who continue to serve.

As in past years, this annual call to support our retired priests continues to provide for monthly retirement benefits, medical and long term care needs, and establishment of an endowment to sustain the care level our priests deserve in retirement.

Please look for the Bless Our Priest envelopes in your parish during the next few weeks or inserted in an upcoming issue of the Catholic Herald. If you prefer, you may visit the diocesan Web site, A link has been provided allowing you to make a secure gift online to this collection. It is through your generosity this Christmas season that we can serve these priests who have so faithfully served each of us.

God bless you during this holy Advent Season!

For more information contact the Office of Stewardship and Development, Diocese of Madison, at: 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719, 608-821-3039, or

Our Lady of Guadalupe inspires devotion Print
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Written by Susanna Herro, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

In 1531, Juan Diego, a convert in Mexico, met a beautiful woman who said, “My dear little son, I love you. I desire you to know who I am. I am the ever-virgin Mary, Mother of the true God who gives life and maintains its existence. He created all things. He is in all places. He is Lord of Heaven and Earth.

“I desire a church in this place where your people may experience my compassion. All those who sincerely ask my help in their work and in their sorrows will know my Mother’s Heart in this place. Here I will see their tears; I will console them and they will be at peace.”


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