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2020 Annual Catholic Appeal: ‘Love Never Fails’
Written by Kristen Beckett, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
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MADISON -- When a priest becomes a bishop, he is tasked with choosing a motto for his episcopacy.

Usually taken from Scripture, it should be of some importance to the focus of that bishop in his service as a shepherd to the people entrusted to him.

As Bishop Donald J. Hying made this decision for his episcopacy, he chose, Caritas Numquam Excidit, Latin for "Love Never Fails," which also doubles as the theme of the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA).

Your donation to the ACA fuels the proclamation of the Gospel, the celebration of the sacraments, the religious formation of our youth, the training of seminarians, the good work of Catholic Charities, and supportive services to our parishes and schools allowing the Diocese of Madison to fulfill the true mission of the Church by making disciples of all nations.

Asking for support

This year's ACA is, once again, seeking your help and asking you to prayerfully consider what you are able to do to support the important ministries that are impacted through your generosity.

In the coming weeks, parishes across the diocese will participate in an in-pew pledge/donation process. You will view a short video highlighting more of the ministries that the ACA supports, so you are able to get a good idea of where your donation is going.

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Speaker gives personal perspective on Catholicism and Islam
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Fariba Roughead discussed a topic that is "really near and dear to my heart" in a recent presentation at Holy Name Heights in Madison.

Fariba talked about "Interfaith Dialogue: A Personal Perspective on Catholicism and Islam."

A native of Iran and now a U.S. citizen, she told the story of her conversion from Islam to Catholicism. Throughout her talk, she emphasized the importance of dialogue with those of other faiths.

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Work out our salvation by how we live
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

"Are you saved?" is a classic evangelical question which we have probably all been asked once or twice. Those posing the query usually view salvation as a specific event, the precise moment when they gave their lives to Jesus and experienced his forgiveness.

A gentleman told me once that he was saved at a Billy Graham crusade in 1978, which for him was a powerful spiritual transformation. As Catholics, we may fumble for an articulate answer to the question of salvation, which is a sign perhaps that our understanding of this central reality of faith is more nuanced.

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