Madison Catholic Herald
Life and legacy of Blessed Frederic Ozanam Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Feb. 06, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Bishop Hying blesses mosaic
Bishop Donald J. Hying blesses a mosaic of Blessed Frederic Ozanam at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on January 26. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Last week, I was honored to celebrate Mass in the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and to bless a newly-installed mosaic of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, the founder of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Society's presence in the United States.

I have been involved with the Vincentians for 20 years as a chaplain, serving for the last two years on the national level. In preparing my homily for the Mass, I dug deeper into the life and legacy of Frederic Ozanam, realizing with greater clarity his inestimable contribution to Catholic thought and the wisdom of the Church in addressing the social issues of the day.

Visionary founder

As a visionary founder of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Frederic has helped millions of Catholics to live the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in a practical and generous manner. He was a journalist, scholar, professor, social activist, husband, and father. He taught literature, history, and law, deeply engaged in the intellectual problems and social challenges of his day. Ozanam has much to say to our present age.

Frederic was born in Milan in 1813, going to Paris to study law, where he suffered a deep loneliness but also was befriended by André Ampère, a scientist exploring the wonders of electricity, in whose home Ozanam became a boarder.

Simultaneously a sophisticated scientist and a devout Catholic, Ampère showed his young charge that there was no inherent dichotomy between Christianity and science or between Catholicism and the social ills of workers and the poor.

Theology on Tap to discuss mental health issues Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, May. 28, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- On Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m., the Cathedral Parish will be hosting Theology on Tap focusing on mental health.

Since Dane County's reopening plan allows for 25 percent capacity at bars and restaurants, Theology on Tape will be held at the Brink Lounge.

There is a maximum of 100 people who can be in the space. There will be single drink tickets instead of pitchers, and there will be single serve appetizers instead of shared food items.

For those who prefer, Theology on Tap will also be hosted online via Zoom.

The discussion will feature Marc Laudonio, director of evangelization and catechesis at Cathedral Parish; Mandy Jo Mlsna, a pediatric nurse and nurse educator; and Colter Sikora, a cartographer for the State of Wisconsin, as speakers.

They will discuss their own "journeys with anxiety and how God is enabling them to slowly but surely build new habits of thinking, communicating, and acting so as to be set free from worry!" said the Facebook Event page.

Titled "Have No Anxiety at All?!", the event helps build awareness for Mental Health Awareness Month.

"We are living through an epidemic -- and I'm not talking about COVID-19," reads the promotional material. "Officially, 20 percent of Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, and many millions struggle with worry and stress on a day-to-day basis."

The discussion will run about an hour and a half, and will cover overcoming guilt for anxiety and experiencing "the peace that Christ desires to share with us."

To join the Zoom Event go to at 7 p.m.

You can also find more information on the Facebook event page at

Schools plan is complete Print
Our Catholic Schools
Written by Michael Lancaster   
Thursday, May. 27, 2010 -- 12:00 AM

Michael Lancaster, Our Catholic Schools

MADISON -- The new strategic plan for Catholic schools in the diocese has been completed after over 18 months of work and the involvement of hundreds of people from throughout the diocese. The plan, entitled Catholic Schools: Our Faith, Our Future, details specific strategies for meeting the critical challenges faced by our schools.

The vocation of motherhood Print
Cutting Edge
Thursday, May. 06, 2010 -- 12:00 AM

May is traditionally dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Besides honoring Mary in May, we also single out and thank our own mothers on Mother's Day. It might be a good time to reflect on what it means to be a mother.

Church Militant Boot Camp Print
Year of Faith
Written by Fr. Rick Heilman, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

What are your plans for Lent this year? Here we are in the Year of Faith, a year that Pope Benedict XVI hopes will awaken humanity at a critical moment.

“In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” the pope warned. “We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today . . . The renewal of faith must, then, be a priority for the entire Church in our time.”



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