Deacon Luke Powers ordained to the transitional diaconate
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Deacon Luke Powers
Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison, center, lays hands on Transitional Deacon Luke Powers during his Ordination Mass on June 19 at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Sun Prairie. He is assisted by Transitional Deacon Michael Wanta, left (Photo by Molly Sweeney)

SUN PRAIRIE -- "Tonight is a perfect convergence," said Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison on June 19, the evening of Deacon Luke Powers' ordination to the transitional diaconate.

"We're in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish," the bishop said and added that "Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and this is the parish that Luke Powers was baptized in, made his First Communion, made his first Confession, and was confirmed."

"So, this is perfect. God planned it," Bishop Hying said.

Deacon Powers was scheduled to be ordained in the fall in Rome -- where he attends major seminary at the Pontifical North American College.

Those plans had to be changed following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop Hying remarked that having the ordination at the Sun Prairie parish was "second best".


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Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald editor, to retire
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- After 47 years on the Catholic Herald staff, including 34 years as editor, Mary C. Uhler will be retiring as of July 6.

Uhler joined the Catholic Herald staff in 1973 in the role of the "gal Friday," a position that later became known as the administrative assistant.

Shortly thereafter, Uhler was promoted to news editor.

In 1986, she was named editor of the newspaper by Bishop Cletus F. O'Donnell of Madison following the retirement of Msgr. Andrew Breines, the Catholic Herald's first editor.

Priest’s books for sale
Written by Jane Lepeska Grinde, Catholic Herald Correspondent   
Thursday, Jul. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- "Would I love to talk with Father Tom about books," said Jonathan Grinde, a 2020 Carleton College graduate, when he learned that the over 3,000 books at the Good Shepherd Parish sale running through July at St. James School came from the priest's library.

Grinde started kindergarten at St. James School when Msgr. Tom Baxter was the pastor and served Mass with him over the years. Known fondly as Father Tom, the pastor of Good Shepherd Parish is retiring this year after more than 40 years in the ministry and over 20 years at Good Shepherd.


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