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Investigative firm begins review of priest files Print
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Written by Diocese of Madison Staff   
Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
What is expected from this review

It has been policy of the Diocese of Madison to be open and honest in reporting all substantial allegations of sexual abuse of minors made against clergy. Both the Diocese of Madison Communications Policy Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors and the Diocese of Madison Policy Book Regarding Sexual Abuse of Minors, Sexual Misconduct, and Sexual Harassment are readily available at www.madisondiocese.org

Nevertheless, if any new allegations of sexual abuse of minors or any additional evidence regarding previous allegations come forward through this file review, the reviewers will flag them to be turned over for investigation and reporting in accord with the law and diocesan policies.

In terms of diocesan action, any allegations against currently living priests, deacons, or seminarians will result in immediate removals from ministry, pending the conclusion of investigations. All allegations will go before the diocese’s Sexual Abuse Review Board.

MADISON -- At the request of diocesan leadership, Defenbaugh and Associates, an independent security and investigations firm, founded by and composed of veteran agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has been retained to conduct a full review of all personnel files of the Diocese of Madison.

In requesting that a trusted and expert, outside investigation team scrutinize clergy files, the Diocese of Madison reaffirms its commitment to protect children and young people, as well as to be open and transparent with victims, faithful Catholics, and the larger community.

Through rereleasing names of known past offenders, and adding to that list any names of those previously found by the diocesan Sexual Abuse Review Board to be credibly accused, and conducting a thorough investigation and review of any additional names, the diocese hopes to continue to build trust, to provide healing wherever possible, and to reassure the faithful of the Diocese of Madison that such matters have been and will continue to be dealt with appropriately.

Initial steps for this review were taken by Bishop Robert Morlino, who on October 4, 2018, during an interview with EWTN, stated publically his opinion that all dioceses in the United States should undertake such a review. The process of scheduling a review was delayed due to his unexpected death just over one month later.

Convinced of Bishop Morlino’s wisdom on this matter, Diocesan Administrator Msgr. James Bartylla directed that the process should continue. Bishop Donald Hying, following his announcement as the next Bishop of Madison, offered his strong encouragement that the diocese stay the course with this important next step of diligence and transparency.

The process, which is underway, is expected to unfold in the coming month.

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Three ordained transitional deacons Print
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MONONA -- “Michael, Vincent, and Cristian, you are here before this altar to receive the Sacrament of Ordination to the diaconate. I would ask that you contemplate three questions. First, remember who it was that called you. Second, why you were called. And, third, always remember where you came from,” said Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee.

Archbishop Listecki was the main celebrant at the ordination Mass for Deacons Michael Johnson, Vincent Racanelli, and Cristian Valenzuela to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Madison.

The Mass was celebrated on May 24 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona.

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Bishop Donald Hying to be installed as fifth Bishop of Madison June 25 Print
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Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Bishop Donald J. Hying will be installed as the fifth Bishop of Madison on Tuesday, June 25, at an installation Mass at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison.

The night before, on Monday, June 24,there will be a Vespers Service at 7 p.m. at St. Maria Goretti Church. The public is invited to attend this service.

Seated is limited for the installation Mass, so reservations were required by June 10.

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Madison parish issues invitation to ‘Called to Grace’ mission Print
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Written by Jane Lepeska Grinde, Catholic Herald Correspondent   
Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Good Shepherd Parish invites those interested in renewing their faith to attend its "Called to Grace" parish mission June 16 to 19.

Sunday and Tuesday will be at St. James Church, 1128 St. James Ct., and Monday and Wednesday evenings at St. Joseph Church, 1905 W. Beltline Hwy.

Fr. Matthew Bonk, a Redemptorist priest from Brooklyn, Minn., will preside over the mission. Each service will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by refreshments and fellowship at 8 p.m.

'Grace-filled happening'

The mission will include proclamation of the word, preaching and reflection, music, and praying together.

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