MADISON -- On May 28, 1854, Bishop John Martin Henni of Milwaukee presided at the ceremony for the laying of the cornerstone at what is now St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported, "The ceremony of laying the corner stone of this edifice took place yesterday. Bishop Henni was present and some other functionaries. A very large concourse were in attendance to witness the ceremonies. . . . The situation of the Church is fine, overlooking both the Third and Fourth Lakes, and when erected it will be the most prominent building in town as seen from the Railroad."
This description of the laying of the cornerstone is found in a new history of St. Raphael Cathedral written by Charles T. Scott, a cathedral parishioner who is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The history book is part of St. Raphael's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the cornerstone laying.
All of the 150th anniversary events are open to the public.
The celebration will begin on Sunday, Sept. 26, with the 10:30 a.m. Mass at the cathedral. There will be historical exhibits in the St. Raphael church hall. Full story ...
Public invited to Eucharistic Exposition, Prayer for Vocations
The Serra Club of Madison invites the public to Eucharistic Exposition and Prayer for Vocations at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center beginning the week of Monday, Sept. 13.
The Exposition will be every weekday, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Everyone, at their convenience, is welcome to join the members of the Serra Club and others who are promoting this prayer for vocations before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
Begun by seminarians
Eucharistic Exposition for Vocations at the O'Connor Center owes its beginning to three diocesan seminarians, Eric Sternberg, Ben Kessler, and Greg Ihm, who instituted a Holy Hour for Vocations this past summer. Full story ...