ROME, Italy -- Our Ad Limina Pilgrimage of Prayer and Praise actually began at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison on Thursday, May 27.
Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, blessed the pilgrims on the bus as they prepared to drive to Chicago to catch their international flight to Rome.
Bishop Bullock's blessing
"We have a phrase that will comfort you," said Bishop Bullock. "You're in good hands with Father Tait." He was referring to Fr. Tait Schroeder, parochial vicar at Madison's St. Dennis Parish, who served as spiritual adviser for the pilgrimage.
Bishop Bullock prayed, "Rome is the place we intend to visit, a monument to the devotion of the people of God. Many have gone there in great numbers to be strengthened in the Christian way of life and to become more determined to devote themselves to the works of charity. We bring something to the faithful who live there: our example of faith, hope, and love."
He prayed that God would "remain with your servants on this holy pilgrimage to Rome and guide their way in accord with your will . . . bring them to their destination in safety."
Bishop Bullock gave the pilgrims three different holy cards with prayers for the journey. The pilgrims sang "Faith of Our Fathers" as they concluded the service. Full story ...
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MADISON -- In his keynote address at the recent Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (MDCCW) held at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center here, Bishop William H. Bullock, Bishop Emeritus, said that to catch the spirit, we have to be exposed to it.
"Sometimes maintaining that spirit is a very difficult thing," he said. "We want to address a culture of life - respect for life from conception to death and all phases in between. The world around us has a different culture - one of death. It is so easy to catch it. It is one that dictates that you and I look out for ourselves. We are always careful and protective." Full story ...