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Mass of Christian Burial for Bishop Robert C. Morlino Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator, delivers the homily during the Funeral Mass of Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison on December 4. The Mass took place at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholcherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- A Corporal Work of Mercy has been performed for the late Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison.

The fourth bishop of the Diocese of Madison was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery in Madison on December 4.

He now lies with all of the preceding shepherds of this diocese.

Bishop Morlino died on November 24 at SSM St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

A few days prior, the bishop was undergoing planned medical tests when he suffered what doctors described as "a cardiac event," and he never recovered.

Paying respects

The final farewells to Bishop Morlino began on December 3 when his body arrived at Holy Name Heights.

His casket was carried through the lobby, into the Bishop O'Donnell Holy Name Memorial Chapel, while staff members of the Diocese of Madison and related offices lined up to welcome the body.

The casket was then placed in the chapel where the bishop laid in state in the afternoon and into the evening as a cross section of the Diocese of Madison and beyond lined up to take their turns viewing the body.

The vigil was concluded with a vespers service in the chapel, presided over by Bishop Paul J. Swain of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Bishop Swain was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Madison and later served as vicar general to Bishop Morlino before being named the Bishop of Sioux Falls, where he has served since 2006.

In a homily during the service, Bishop Swain expressed his condolences to the diocese and reflected on his relationship with Bishop Morlino.

"Your faith will sustain you during these challenging times," Bishop Swain said.

He recalled the first time he met Bishop Morlino, after he was named Bishop of Madison in 2003, and called him "a genial man who seemed a bit surprised at his sudden change of assignment" after serving as the Bishop of Helena, Mont.

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What happens next: consultors elect Msgr. James Bartylla as diocesan administrator Print E-mail
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- As Catholics of the Diocese of Madison mourn the loss of Bishop Robert C. Morlino, many are asking what happens next.

“In the coming days, weeks, and years, those questions will be answered in due course,” said a statement issued by the Diocese of Madison.

Most immediately, the diocese needs a diocesan administrator to serve prior to the appointment of the fifth bishop of Madison by Pope Francis.

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Diocesan Choir presents Lessons & Carols Print E-mail
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Written by Dick Jones, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- With flute, harp, and grand organ, the Madison Diocesan Choir and director Dr. Patrick Gorman will celebrate Advent with a Lessons & Carols concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, always a joyful event as Christmas draws near, although a sad occasion for many this year.

On November 24, Bishop Robert C. Morlino died suddenly at the age of 71. He was laid to rest on December 4. Since his appointment as bishop of the Diocese of Madison in 2003, he presided at nearly every Lessons & Carols, and he was very supportive of the choir’s musical ministry.

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St. John’s Piecemakers Quilt Raffle December 17 Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Barry, Catholic Herald Correspondent   
Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

WAUNAKEE -- Who doesn’t like a beautiful quilt? Every quilt is different, colorful, and as unique as the people who create them. Quilts also add a warm, country flair to any décor, and for the St. John’s (Waunakee) Piecemakers Quilt Club, this year’s raffle quilt has special pizzazz.

The quilt named “Van Gogh Pizzazz” will be raffled off on Monday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the St. John’s Gathering Room, and proceeds will go to the St. John’s School Endowment Fund.

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