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The Catholic Herald: Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Madison

October 18, 2001 Edition   •   Volume 131, No. 38   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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photo of bishops and jubilarians

Jubilarians honored at the assembly pictured with Auxiliary Bishop George O. Wirz and Bishop William H. Bullock (first and third from left) include, from left: Msgr. Elmer J. Dietzel (50 years), Msgr. Edward J. Erbe (50 years), Msgr. Thomas F. Baxter (25 years), and Msgr. Duane R. Moellenberndt (25 years). (Photo by Fr. Felix G. Oehrlein)

Priests gather:

At annual assembly

WISCONSIN DELLS -- The largest number of priests in the past 21 years gathered Oct. 7-10 at Chula Vista Conference Center here for the annual Diocese of Madison's Presbyteral Assembly.

The number of priests in the diocese has increased with eight ordinations over the past two years, noted Bishop William H. Bullock. He commented that there is renewed interest in being together, learning together, and formulating ways to bind up the nation's wounds.   Full Story ...

Effect of faltering economy:

Felt in Madison's food pantries,
service centers
By Julianne Nornberg

MADISON -- In the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies, a faltering economy is taking its toll on food pantries, shelters, and service centers in the Diocese of Madison.

At the St. Vincent de Paul service center on Madison's east side, the city's largest, director Alice Seelow said the number of families served a day has jumped from 25 to 30 a day to 50 a day. The demand started to climb before the terrorist attacks, said Seelow.

"Generally the demand goes up during this time of year, but never this high," she said. "This is a steady increase."

The service center, which has been open 11 years, offers not only food, but clothing, furniture, and other services. Much of the food is provided by the Community Action Coalition and food drives sponsored by area churches, such as St. Bernard Parish, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, and St. Dennis Parish in Madison.

Seelow said she has been hearing that there have been a lot of layoffs.   Full Story ...

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News & Features:

Beloit Knights of Columbus council: Celebrates 100-year anniversary

Living and dying on death row: An eyewitness account

Making wishes come true: At St. Marys Care Center in Madison

New principal: Serving two schools in diocese


• The Human Side by Fr. Eugene Hemrick --
How to cope: Understanding what is barely understandable

• Making a Difference by Tony Magliano --
Just-war doctrine: Will this war be just?

• Question Corner by Fr. John Dietzen --
Eucharistic words: 'The body and blood of Christ'

• The Pope Speaks by Pope John Paul II --
God's unending love: Will rescue humanity from every threat

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