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February 14, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 6   •   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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Olympic curler Debbie McCormick and husband Pete live in Rio and are members of St. Mary Parish, Pardeeville.

Olympic athlete:

Curler member of Pardeeville parish

MADISON/RIO -- Fr. Donn Heiar visited the home of Debbie and Pete McCormick last week to bless their new home in Rio -- and to offer a special prayer for Olympic athletes.

Debbie left shortly afterward for Salt Lake City to compete as a member of the U.S. women's curling team. She was accompanied by her father, Wally Henry of Madison, Team USA's assistant coach.   Full Story ...

Fr. Thomas Segerson:

Mass of Christian Burial scheduled Feb. 15
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Fr. Thomas M. Segerson

MADISON -- A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael Cathedral, 222 W. Main St., for Fr. Thomas M. Segerson, a priest of the Diocese of Madison who died Feb. 11. Bishop William H. Bullock will be the main celebrant.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 5101 Schofield St., Monona.

Segerson, 75, was born July 18, 1926 in Madison to Kathryn and Maurice Segerson. He attended Blessed Sacrament School, Madison; Madison West High School; St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studied philosophy at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn. He received a master's degree in theology from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Segerson was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Madison in 1969.

He served as associate pastor at the following parishes: St. Thomas the Apostle, Beloit; St. Thomas Aquinas, Madison; and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monona. He also served as part-time instructor at Beloit Catholic High School. He served as pastor at the following parishes: St. Francis Xavier, Lake Mills; St. Mary Magdalene, Johnson Creek; St. Henry, Watertown; St. Mary/St. Paul, Mineral Point.

He served on the Diocesan Pastoral Council, as chaplain for the Knights of Columbus #4527, and as diocesan director of the Campaign for Human Development. He also was a member of the St. Raphael Society, Conciliation and Arbitration Board, and Presbyteral Council. Segerson retired in July 1998.

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• The Bottom Line
by Antoinette Bosco -- This Lent:
Remembering voices for peace

• Spirituality for Today
by Fr. John Catoir --
Conscience decisions:
Discern God's voice

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Pax Christi: International Catholic agency for peace

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Psalm 42: An expression of hope and praise for everlasting life

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