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There will be no Catholic Herald issue published on August 12, 2004. The next issue will be August 19, 2004.
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August 5, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 29   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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photo of Bishop Morlino with 20 new permanent deacons

left arrow  Bishop Robert C. Morlino ordained 20 men from parishes throughout the Diocese of Madison into the permanent diaconate July 23 at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison. They are the first permanent deacons to "graduate" from the Diocese of Madison's Diocesan Institute for Lay and Diaconate Formation. (Catholic Herald photo by Abigail Henderson)

Twenty men: Ordained to permanent diaconate

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MADISON -- With joyful hearts and voices, families and friends of 20 men from the Diocese of Madison filled St. Raphael Cathedral here for the July 23 permanent diaconate ordination.

"What an evening of great gratitude and joy. I can say that without taking a poll," said Bishop Robert C. Morlino, who presided at the Mass.

Many thanks

Bishop Morlino expressed gratitude to the wives, families, friends, and loved ones of the 20 deacon candidates, as well as Kate Wiskus and Sr. M. Marcia Vinje of the Office of Pastoral Services, Vicar General Msgr. Paul J. Swain, and others who helped in formation and offered support through the years.   Full story ...

Permanent deacons:
Become sacramental sign of Christ as servant

The July 23 celebration marks the first ordination of permanent deacons for this diocese. For five years these men and their wives have been a part of the Diocesan Institute for Lay and Diaconate Formation.

This formation process included 1000 hours of classes, prayer, spiritual direction, and practical hands-on experience in ministry.

A permanent deacon receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders to become a sacramental sign of Christ as Servant of his people. As symbolized by the laying on of hands by the bishop and him alone, the deacons assist the bishop with the needs of the Church and are appointed by him to their specific ministry.   Full story ...

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Special section: Vacation Guide

Believing in human potential:
St. Coletta of Wisconsin celebrates 100 years of believing in people

Vatican document: Collaboration between sexes in God's plan

LAMP volunteers: Get Casa ready for summer program in Mexico


• Parish Diary by Fr. Peter Daly --
As the world stands by:
Genocide taking place in Sudan

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
Finding joy: In life's routines

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II -- Psalm 16:
The Lord is our one and only 'refuge'

• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
Major-league baseballs:
Made from sweat of the poor

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Wisconsin Right to Life:
Challenges campaign law

MADISON -- Wisconsin Right to Life (WRL) filed a lawsuit July 28 in the U.S. District Court against the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The lawsuit challenges the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, also known as the McCain-Feingold law, which was enacted in 2002. The law prohibits broadcast ads that include the name of a candidate for federal office 30 days before a primary election and 60 days before a general election.

'Blackout period'

During this "blackout period," WRL is fighting to be allowed to run radio and television ads they launched at the end of July and beginning of August. The ads urge the public to ask Wisconsin Senators Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl to oppose a U.S. Senate filibuster of President George W. Bush's judicial nominees. A filibuster is a tactic used to delay the passage of legislation.   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, The Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for three issues. The remaining issue to be skipped is Aug. 12. Following is the deadline for the issue prior to the week skipped:

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
Aug. 5 first two weeks of Aug. July 28 Aug. 12

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