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Respite Care Team ministers meet in Madison Print
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Peg Weber, left, retired nurse and presenter at the Respite Care Team Ministry’s 2019 Leader Luncheon, speaks to congregation ministers about “The Stress of Compassion” at Holy Name Heights in Madison. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- For a special group of people that have hearts for caring, and share those hearts with others, October 7 was a day to come together, communicate, celebrate, and appreciate.

The annual Respite Care Team Ministry Team Leader Luncheon was held at Holy Name Heights in Madison.

The day was a mini retreat to help refresh, recharge the leadership, introduce them to valuable community programs, and give them a chance to connect with others in the same roles.

About the team

Congregation-based Respite Care Teams of volunteers offer in-home services to frail, older, isolated adults and their families, or informal caregivers.

Services include an array of non-medical services including: rest and relief for caregivers, friendly visits and telephone reassurance, transportation for errands and outings, assistance with mail correspondence, sorting, organizing, and bill paying.

Training and ongoing support for team members are provided through a collaboration of Catholic Charities Madison and Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries in Madison.

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Volunteers make difference for Six Rivers Food Pantry Print
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Written by By Rachel Dietzman and Amy Lachuk for the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

CASSVILLE -- In April 2019, Catholic Charities opened the Six Rivers Food Pantry in Cassville, Wis., in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and the Southwest Community Action Program.

Located along the Mississippi River, the food pantry serves Cassville and the neighboring communities of southwest Grant County, including Potosi, Cuba City, and Lancaster.

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Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee’ Ilibagiza to host two-day retreat at St. Ann Parish Print
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Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

STOUGHTON -- You may have been one of the 800 people who were blessed to hear Immaculee' Ilibagiza speak at St. Ann Parish, Stoughton, back in March of 2017.

Or maybe you are one of the thousands who have read Ilibagiza's book, Left to Tell, about her harrowing 100 days hidden in a tiny bathroom with six other women and one child, in an attempt to avoid being killed by members of the Hutu tribe in her home country of Rwanda in Eastern Africa.

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Cistercian Sisters seek prayers and support to build new monastery Print
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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PRAIRIE DU SAC -- In 1957, six Cistercian Sisters from Switzerland came to Wisconsin at the request of Bishop William P. O’Connor, bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Madison.

Since their founding at Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac, this community of cloistered Cistercian Sisters has grown. Their community currently consists of 22 Sisters, ranging in age from 23 to 89.

Contemplative monastic life

The Sisters live a contemplative monastic life with a rhythm of prayer and work. They are perhaps best known for making of altar breads, supplying about 13 million breads each year to churches around the country.

About 10 years ago, the community received an unprecedented influx of vocations within a short span of time. This growth spurt brought the community nearly to capacity in their current buildings.

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