Madison Catholic Herald
Diocesan Hispanic Choir welcomes singers, instrumentalists Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Oct. 02, 2008 -- 2:55 AM

MADISON -- The Diocesan Hispanic Choir is beginning its eighth year with rehearsals held Monday evenings at the Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison.

Dr. Patrick Gorman, director of the Diocese of Madison's Office of Worship, says that the Hispanic Choir is "one of our diocese's well-kept secrets."

'It's God's picture' -- Forty Days for life kicks off with pro-life photographer, prayer Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Sep. 25, 2008 -- 2:10 AM
Get involved with 40 Days

MADISON -- There are still opportunities to get involved with the 40 Days for Life campaign, which began September 24 and will continue through November 2. Make even a small hourly time commitment by calling Amy Hying at 608-698-3877 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it To see what vigil hours still need coverage, go to

Hear the stories

To listen to audio from the 40 Days for Life kick-off event, including Michael Clancy's story of the photograph and how he found faith, go to and select it from the drop-down under "Audio & Video." Also check out the 40 Days blog at and Web site at

MADISON -- The 40 Days for Life campaign began its ten-day countdown to the start of 40 days of prayer with a kick-off at Reindahl Park in Madison on September 13. The picnic and talks were followed by a walk to the nearby Planned Parenthood clinic on Orin Rd., praying the Rosary for an end to abortion.

The kick-off also featured talks by Amy Hying, who is again coordinating the 40 Days effort this year, Silent No More's Jane Frantz, and photographer and pro-life activist Michael Clancy.

Clancy's talk was the highlight of the event, which despite the soggy weather brought in a small crowd that lined the benches and stood in the doorways of the main shelter at Reindahl Park. Formerly a freelance photographer for the Tennessean of Nashville, Clancy was made famous by a photograph he took in 1999 for the USA Today of an in-utero surgery on a 21-week-old child to correct spina bifida, a birth defect that results in an incompletely formed spinal cord.

Pro-life approach to health care -- New NFP-only, pro-life clinic seen as a sign of hope Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Sep. 25, 2008 -- 1:40 AM

Fredrich Nietzsche wrote in the 19th century that "Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man." For Nietzsche, hope was God's carrot over the hot coals of life.

Catholics in Highland welcome new church Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Sep. 25, 2008 -- 2:00 AM

HIGHLAND -- On Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. Bishop William H. Bullock will preside at the dedication of the new SS. Anthony and Philip Church in Highland.

The members of SS. Anthony and Philip Parish invite everyone to share in their joy at this festive celebration.

Apostolate returns to Lake Delton -- Special day for disabled and elderly adapts to changing circumstances Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2008 -- 12:26 AM
photo of Tom Diehl, back left, Tommy Bartlett show president, and Msgr. Thomas Campion, director of the Apostolate to the Handicapped, with Scott Peters of Chicago, Ill., left, and Jacob Hawkinson of Monroe, at the Apostolate summer outing

Enjoying the Apostolate to the Handicapped summer day are Tom Diehl, back left, Tommy Bartlett show president, and Msgr. Thomas Campion, director of the Apostolate, with two of "Campion's Champions," Scott Peters of Chicago, Ill., left, and Jacob Hawkinson of Monroe. (Catholic Herald photo/Jo Boyce)

WISCONSIN DELLS -- Many of those returning to Wisconsin Dells for the annual summer program hosted by the Apostolate to the Handicapped were curious about what was to come.

They had heard news reports in June about widespread flooding caused by 12 inches of rain in the state.

Four aspects of event

Traditionally, there are four main segments for participants to look forward to at the summer Apostolate event:

1) The coming together, personal contact, interchange of greetings, and renewal of friendships among over 1,000 disabled persons, with their drivers, caregivers, volunteers, and providers of services to carry out an event on this scale. For some disabled persons, an outing of this type may be a rare and cherished event in and of itself.


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