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September 16, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 34   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...

Bishop Morlino in stable condition following heart surgery

-- Posted: 9/16/2004

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Robert C. Morlino

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino, the leader of the 270,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Madison, was resting comfortably and in stable condition Sept. 15 following heart surgery at St. Marys Hospital Medical Center in Madison.

Bishop Morlino, 57, had surgery to repair an abnormal heart valve. He also had bypass surgery following the detection of blockages in the arteries to the heart.

Msgr. Paul J. Swain, vicar general and administrator of the diocese, said, "Due to the rest that is needed after surgery, no visitors are being allowed to see the bishop at this time. Please continue to keep Bishop Morlino and the Diocese of Madison in your prayers."

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Cathedral: Marks 150th anniversary
of laying of cornerstone

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St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison

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.

Celebration events

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 ...

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News & Features:

Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility

Church vocations: Special supplement

Religious education: Special section

Creative Womanhood: Madison artist seeks to share her gifts


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Terminal cancer: Obligations
for accepting or refusing treatment

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Slaughter of children: 'Cannot leave anyone indifferent'

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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 ...

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