V Encuentro held in Madison
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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Parish delegates discuss issues for Hispanic and Latino Catholics during a session at the Diocese of Madison V Encuentro, held at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison on March 11. To view or purchase photos, go to (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- “Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love” was the theme of the V Encuentro (“Fifth Encounter”) for the Diocese of Madison held on March 11 at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison.

Since 1972, the Catholic bishops in the United States have held an Encuentro every five to eight years to give Hispanic/Latino Catholics an opportunity to express their needs, aspirations, and contributions to the Church.

The main goal is to discern ways in which the Church in the U.S. can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence, and to strengthen the ways in which Hispanics/ Latinos respond to the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples serving the entire Church.

The Encuentro process in the Diocese of Madison began last year with training and was followed by sessions at 12 parishes around the diocese.

The March 11 event was the diocesan Encuentro in which delegates from those parishes gathered in prayer and with one goal: to evaluate and determine diocesan priorities and recommendations, and regional strategies for working among dioceses.

‘Culmination of a process’

Edgar Martinez, chair for the diocesan Encuentro, and Msgr. James Bartylla, vicar general for the diocese, welcomed the more than 120 parish representatives and guests.

With Martinez translating for him, Monsignor Bartylla called the day, “the culmination of a process which all of you were involved in with your parishes, and so what we do here today is very connected and the result of all of your hard work in various parishes.”


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Holy Land pilgrimage: Walking on holy ground
Written by Joan Carey, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

Editor’s note: Three members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre from the Diocese of Madison went on a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. They included Joan Carey, a member of St. Mary Parish in Pine Bluff; Msgr. Kevin Holmes, rector of the Cathedral Parish in Madison; and Fr. Scott Jablonski, pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish in Lodi and Dane.

Come, let us go to the house of the Lord!

And now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!

With these words, David the psalmist beckons each of us to worship as pilgrims in the land made holy by the presence of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Catholic women contribute to The Beacon
Written by Jane Lepeska Grinde, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MIDDLETON -- At its quarterly board meeting at St. Bernard Church here this month, the Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (MDCCW) honored the late Fr. Lorin “Larry” Bowens, who had served as its priest co-moderator with Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt, Sun Prairie, for over 20 years until his death on December 30, 2015.

Father Larry, as he was known, died unexpectedly after a short illness at the age of 68, while serving as pastor of Holy Family Parish, La Valle; St. Boniface, Lime Ridge; and St. Patrick, Loreto.


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