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Love Begins Here summer of 'small things with great love' Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Love Begins Here missionaries are pictured with Edith Leuenberger after helping her with some work around the house as part of their service efforts in Monroe this summer. Pictured from left are: leader Nicky Kaehler, Srholl Gahng, Jacob Bausch, Gwen Miller, and Toula Goumas. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

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MONROE -- “We are missionaries who work with passion, knowing we can bring God’s love to our brothers and sisters who hunger. Love, in order to survive, must be nourished by its sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of self.”

The proceeding words are part of the Love Begins Here (LBH) “manifesto,” new for the 2014 summer sessions based on the words of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis, and Blessed Mother Teresa.

Every day, before the middle schoolers or high schoolers, known as “missionaries,” went out to begin their work with their car groups -- a group of kids and teens assigned together for the week under the leadership of an adult leader -- they and the car leaders recited the manifesto.

“It’s beautiful, it’s short, it’s succinct, and it really gets to the point of what this mission is,” said Lindsay Becher, LBH mission director and coordinator of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Madison.

“One of the things we hope it does is articulate the mission when they go home or just even to the people that they are serving, that they’re able to explain what they’re all about.”

Love Begins Here works to provide the youth in the diocese with an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ in a life changing way through weeklong, local mission trips where they live in Catholic community and continue his work on earth.

This summer was the sixth season of LBH, and the combined efforts of the missionaries helped to reach a few milestones.

Since the program began in 2009, LBH missionaries have given more than 10,000 hours of service to communities in the diocese. This year also saw the largest group ever as 119 middle schoolers took part in the Lancaster week in mid-July. Almost 400 kids served as missionaries this summer, along with more than 50 adults who served on the core team and as chaperones.

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Couples celebrate 50 plus years of marriage Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- It was a day of thanks and celebration as 121 married couples packed the Bishop O’Connor Center chapel. The August 10 occasion was the Mass of Thanksgiving for couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage.

To fully illustrate the years of dedication, prayer, and devotion, there were about 7,000 combined years of marriage being celebrated.

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Celebrate Bishop Morlino's ordination anniversary Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON — Every summer during the annual seminarian gathering in the Diocese of Madison, priests and seminarians have social time and dinner together.

This year’s event on August 5 took on a special significance.

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Bishop ordains diocesan permanent deacon Print E-mail
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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

BOSCOBEL -- On Sunday, July 20, Bishop Robert C. Morlino presided at the diaconal ordination Mass of Larry Schmitt.

Deacon Schmitt's ordination to the permanent diaconate is the first to take place in the Diocese of Madison since 2004. As Deacon Schmitt marks the beginning of his diaconal ministry, fellow permanent deacons in the diocese celebrated 10 years of service to their parish communities and ministries.

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