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Chancellor Kevin Phelan retires, prompts changes in chancery Print E-mail
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 03, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
Kevin Phelan
Kevin Phelan Eric Schiedermayer William Yallaly

MADISON -- Effective August 28, Kevin Phelan retired as chancellor of the Diocese of Madison, a position he has held since 2004.

Before he came to Madison, Phelan served as chancellor of the Diocese of Helena, Mont., for two years. In both dioceses he served as the sexual abuse victim assistance coordinator.

While thanking Phelan for his “faithful lay service,” Bishop Robert C. Morlino said “his departure both necessitates and allows for other changes at the diocesan level.”

The bishop said, “In order to address some of our current needs, as well as to bring our office in closer alignment with the curial structure provided in the Code of Canon Law, two major changes will take place at this time”:

• Eric Schiedermayer will remain vice chancellor of the diocese but will assume the bulk of those responsibilities borne by Phelan which went beyond the typical duties of a chancellor. Schiedermayer will assume the title of director of the diocesan curia, providing day-to-day management of diocesan staff and operations of the diocesan offices and assisting the bishop in his executive and administrative duties.

• William Yallaly, who had been serving as executive advisor to the bishop, will assume the office of chancellor of the diocese. He will fulfill the canonical responsibilities of the office, acting as chief notary of the diocesan curia.

Comments on Phelan

Bishop Morlino offered the following comments on Phelan’s retirement, “Kevin’s unselfish service to the Church for over 13 years and his long-term friendship with myself are gifts for which it is impossible to say an adequate word of thanks.

“How often he has come to the assistance of priests who have found themselves in various difficulties in their parishes, which have occurred over the past 13 years.

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Guests enjoy annual Day at the Dells Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 03, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

WISCONSIN DELLS -- As summer seemed to turn into autumn early this year, one late August day stood out among the clouds and the cool and felt like the right season again.

Luckily, for about 800 special guests, the timing was perfect.

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Rosary Rallies for religious liberty Christ the King Parish, McFarland Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Allington, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Sep. 03, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

MCFARLAND -- How do we show love to those who are hostile to us because of our Christian beliefs? How do we persevere in the faith when others would like to eliminate God and religion from this country?

What can we do to bring the light of Christ’s truth and mercy to the attacks on our religious liberty?

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Hundreds protest Planned Parenthood in Madison Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
Planned Parenthood Protest, Madison

Fr. Bart Timmerman, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, leads more than 200 people in praying the Rosary outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on Madison's east side as they protested the selling of baby body parts from abortions. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- Prayer.

That’s what it will take to end abortion.

That’s what rush hour commuters saw as more than 200 people prayed on the sidewalks near the Planned Parenthood clinic on Madison’s east side to do their part to see that facility close and protect the lives of the unborn.

The protest on Monday, Aug. 24, was held in unity with nationwide protests following reports of Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling the organs and tissue of aborted babies.

As people's workdays ended, they arrived at the Orin Rd. site for the 5 p.m. protest, despite the unseasonably cold and gloomy late August weather.

'All things are possible'

Fr. Rick Heilman, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Pine Bluff and St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Mount Horeb and Perry, welcomed everyone who came out.

"With man it's impossible, but with God all things are possible," he said. Encouraging everyone to pray and be in a state of grace, he added, "We need to lean on God and his grace . . . lean on Our Lady as much as you can. She is the one who steps on that satanic head."

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