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Dane County Jail Apostolate team reaches out to share the love of God with inmates
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Deacon Lawrence Oparaji baptizes inmate Sara Sullivan at the Dane County Jail Chapel. He and Fr. Bart Timmerman presided at the Sacraments of Initiation -- Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation -- for two inmates at the jail. This was part of the Dane County Jail Apostolate Thursday evening services at the jail. Also pictured are sponsors Sue McCrone and Dennis Noonon. (Photo by Sheriff David Mahoney)

MADISON -- “I ask myself, if I had been raised by a poor single mother, by illegal immigrants living in the shadows, or abused as a child, would I be in prison today?”

That’s a question Susan Hundt-Bergan asks herself. She’s not alone in pondering that question.

She noted that Pope Francis, in speaking to a group of Italian jail and prison chaplains, said that he had spoken by phone with a prisoner in Argentina.

The Holy Father said, “Why is he there and not I . . .? . . . the weaknesses we have are the same, why did he fall and I didn’t fall? This is a mystery for me which makes me pray and . . . come close to prisoners.”

Jail apostolate

Hundt-Bergan herself has become close to many prisoners in her apostolate in the Dane County Jail in Madison. She has been involved in the apostolate there for almost 15 years, along with a team of other volunteers, including a number of area priests.

A member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Madison, she now serves as coordinator of the jail apostolate.

She first heard about the jail apostolate from Deacon Jack Fernan. “His words struck a deep chord in me,” she recalled. “I couldn’t imagine anything worse than being locked up. And I couldn’t shake off the word of Jesus (MT 25:36), ‘I was . . . in prison, and you visited me.’”

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Sr. Lauretana Gorman, OP, retires after life of service and pastoral ministry
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

JANESVILLE -- After more than six decades in active Religious Life and almost a quarter century in pastoral ministry at St. John Vianney (SJV) Parish in Janesville, Sr. Lauretana Gorman, OP, has retired, and is moving on to the next chapter in her life.

Part of that next chapter for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sister will include living at the Motherhouse in Sinsinawa.

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Rite of Election to be held on Sunday, March 10, at St. John the Baptist Church in Waunakee
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be celebrated as usual in the Diocese of Madison on the First Sunday of Lent, March 10, at 3 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Waunakee. Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator, will preside.

The Office of Worship of the Diocese of Madison has sent information to priests, deacons, RCIA leaders, and music and liturgy persons including three documents:

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