Bishop Hying ordains three new priests
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison, second from left, and newly ordained priests, pictured from left: Fr. Bill Van Wagner, Fr. Cristian Valenzuela, and Fr. Steve Brunner, following their Ordination Mass at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison on June 28. To view or purchase photos, go to (Catholic Herald photos/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- “On this solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Church rejoices that God has called these three young men to give their lives to Christ as priests,” said Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison.

A mere three days after his installation as the fifth Bishop of Madison, Bishop Hying, with a self-admitted devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, ordained three men to the priesthood at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison on Friday, June 28, the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The three new priests were: Fr. Steve Brunner, Fr. Bill Van Wagner, and Fr. Cristian Valenzuela.

The call to the priesthood

Prior to Bishop Hying’s homily, Fr. Paul Arinze, pastor at St. John Vianney Parish in Madison and former diocesan vocations director, presented the men to In his homily, Bishop Hying recalled his episcopal predecessor, saying, “We all think of Bishop Morlino, tonight, who would have been here, but is here in the power of the Holy Spirit. I know Bishop was such a father to the young men being ordained as well as to all of our seminarians and priests.”

Bishop Robert C. Morlino died last November after being bishop in Madison for 15 years.

Bishop Hying also made another mention of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, saying “all that this solemnity represents is poured into your life, today, that Jesus has called you to be an extension of his life, his death, and his resurrection in this world.”


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Embrace holy leisure
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Madison   
Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

We live in a frenzied culture of hyperactivity and stress; we probably all feel the pressure to do more, be more productive, and somehow find a perfect balance in it all.

To slow down, purposely do nothing for a while, and to rest is difficult in our sleepless, overstimulated culture. Yet, how can we hope to grow our prayer lives, deepen our relationship with God and others, and grow in our spiritual awareness if we never embrace holy leisure?

We did it! Diocese puts it all together
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

The windows at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison sparkled, the church was immaculate, and smiling faces at the entrance greeted people who came for Evening Prayer to begin the installation events for Bishop Donald J. Hying on June 24.

Parishioners and staff at St. Maria Goretti Church had pitched in to get their church ready for the installation of Madison’s new bishop. Fr. Scott Emerson, parochial administrator of St. Maria Goretti, was justifiably proud.


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