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Catholics at the Capitol: A Church United in Hope and Love
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
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Participants take part in a panel discussion on “Giving Voice to the Cry of the Poor” at the 2015 Catholics at the Capitol. Pictured from left are: Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee; Ralph Middlecamp, executive director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul-District Council of Madison; Josie Montañez-Tyler, associate Service Center director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul-District Council of Madison; Mary Jacobson, assistant executive director, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse; Edward Lump, president and CEO, Wisconsin Restaurant Association; and moderator John Huebscher, executive director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference.

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MADISON -- Speakers at the ninth biennial Catholics at the Capitol legislative conference urged Catholics to put their faith into action in the public arena.

Close to 200 Catholics from around the state attended the conference Wednesday, April 8, which began with sessions at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center and concluded with participants having the opportunity to visit the offices of their state legislators.

Theme of the day was “A Church United in Hope and Love.” Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison presided at an opening prayer service. Lectors were Jean Kelly, Milwaukee province director for the National Council of Catholic Women, and Sr. Sally Ann Brickner, OSF, from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, Green Bay.

In his opening remarks, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee said, “We are certainly a blessed people. We have our faith. We care for our brothers and sisters from birth to natural death.

“It is a necessity to take our Catholic faith and put it into action. We are blessed to have a participatory democracy. We have to exercise our rights in order to preserve them,” he said.

Bipartisan welcome

In a spirit of bipartisanship, two Wisconsin legislators who are Catholic welcomed those attending the conference. Introducing them was John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops.

Huebscher said, “It’s important to open the day in this way. We are speaking to legislators who are Democrats and Republicans. It’s important to articulate our message, to reach out to everyone. We are bound together to serve the common good.”

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Divine Mercy Sunday celebrated in Madison
Written by Kevin Wondrash   
Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- For the past decade and a half, the eighth day of the Easter Octave has become a time of celebration in its own right.

On Sunday afternoon, April 12, people attended the annual Divine Mercy Sunday celebration in the chapel at the Bishop O’Connor Center in Madison.

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Caring together as one community
Written by Adrienne Van Norman, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

WATERTOWN -- On Monday, April 6, students from St. Bernard and St. Henry Schools came together to celebrate Mass as the new Watertown Catholic School.

Students and staff were surprised with new T-shirts that revealed the new school logo and motto.

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