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Holy Name ‘History Lounge’ seeks memories Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
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Marc Ott, lead architect for Gorman & Company, displays some of the items that will be part of the History Lounge in Holy Name Heights, the former Holy Name Seminary in Madison (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash).

MADISON -- “We really want to tell the entire story of what it was like to leave home and come to a seminary school and live every day with hundreds of other young men.”

In addition to being the lead architect on the project to repurpose the Bishop O’Connor Center (BOC) in Madison -- the former Holy Name Seminary -- Marc Ott from Gorman & Company has taken on a sentimental role.

Ott, member of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Madison, along with his wife and children who attend school there, is heading up the efforts to make part of the Holy Name Heights building a museum.

The so-called “History Lounge,” along with other parts of the building, will tell the stories of more than three decades of students who learned and lived within its walls.

The project has sentimental meaning for Ott who is a 1992 graduate of New Glarus High School and used to compete at Holy Name in football and wrestling.

Ott said it’s a “very special connection” and a “lot of fun” to work on the project there.

Looking back and looking ahead

Holy Name opened in 1963 and closed in 1995. The building was then renovated and re-opened in 1998 as the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.

Since then, it has been serving as the home of diocesan offices and other organizations such as Catholic Charities, the Catholic Herald, Relevant Radio, and Catholic Mutual Group.

Within the last few years, studies were done to determine how to make better use of the building.

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Diocesan scouting celebration set for April 3 Print E-mail
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Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison Catholic Committee of Scouting (DMCCS) is hosting a Catholic celebration for their fellow Scouts on Sunday, April 3, at Edgewood High School, 2219 Monroe St, Madison.

All Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts interested in starting or completing the Religious Emblems Program are invited to attend this event.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. at the school. A Scout Mass will be held at 4 p.m. and dinner will be provided following the service.

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Becky Thompson receives Jack McBride Ministry Award Print E-mail
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Written by Doug Ulaszek, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Recently, parish catechetical leaders from the Diocese of Madison honored the hard work and dedication of Becky Thompson of St. Joseph, Baraboo.

Thompson received the Jack McBride Leadership in Ministry Award. The Madison Diocese Religious Educator's Organization (MDREO) presented the award at the Catechetical Convocation at the Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison.

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Jesuit Retreat House opens new lodgings wing for session for Madison-area men Print E-mail
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Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

OSHKOSH -- Madison-area men seeking to enhance their Lenten experience will get to make a weekend silent retreat at the newly renovated Jesuit Retreat House overlooking Lake Winnebago.

It’s a rare chance to spend time with God in prayer, surrounded by the beauty, peace, and solitude of nature.

A time to be with God

"What God reveals in Scripture is the love in which we are created, the love that sustains us, and the love in which we will rest," said Fr. Chris Manahan, Retreat House director.

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