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December 30, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 49   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...

Pope names new bishop for La Crosse

-- Posted: 12/30/2004

Bishop Morlino's statement

Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison issued the following statement on Bishop Jerome E. Listecki's appointment as Bishop of La Crosse:

"Bishop Listecki is our neighbor to the south and I have also come to know him through our service together on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Bishop Listecki is a good friend and more importantly, I know he will be a great blessing from the Lord upon the priests, deacons, the consecrated religious, and the wonderful faithful of the Diocese of La Crosse.

"I look forward to welcoming him to our state and province and to working with him on the many issues that challenge us as Catholics in Wisconsin for the future."

ROME -- Pope John Paul II named Bishop Jerome E. Listecki, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, as the new bishop for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis. The announcement was made at the Vatican on Dec. 29.

A native of Chicago, Bishop Listecki was born March 12, 1949. He attended St. Michael the Archangel School before entering Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, graduating in 1967. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago, in 1971. He then attended St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Ill, earning three advanced degrees in theology. He also attended DePaul University College of Law, where he received a law degree.

He did further study toward a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and advanced through the Licentiate and Doctoral degrees in canon law. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 14, 1975.

He taught at Quigley Seminary North, where he was dean of students and chairman of the formation department. He was also a professor of moral theology and canon law at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary for 17 years.

He was pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Chicago when he was named an auxiliary bishop in 2000. He was ordained a bishop on Jan. 8, 2001.

Fire at parish kills two
(posted 12/28/2004)

Year of the Eucharist activities

Parishes, schools, and Catholic organizations in the Diocese of Madison are invited to publicize special activities they are planning in the Year of the Eucharist (now through October of 2005). These activities will be published in the Catholic Herald as well as on the diocesan Web site. Send information to:

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P.O. Box 44985
Madison 53744-4985

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Articles on New Year's Day and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God:

From this week's edition:
• Editorial: Stewardship of the earth: Some resolutions for 2005

TV programs of note

Events Around the Diocese

From 12/23/2004 edition:
Holy days of obligation in 2005

Holiday Masses at cathedral

From 12/16/2004 edition:
Holiday liturgies at Sinsinawa

Adoration on New Year's Eve

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News & Features:

For Brett Favre: Catholic faith a constant for NFL quarterback, family

World Peace Day: Violence
is unacceptable evil, says pope

2004 highlights: Presidential election; clergy sexual abuse; Iraq; same sex marriages


• Spirituality for Today
by Fr. John Catoir --
New Year's resolutions: Finding inspiration from Cardinal Newman

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
God: Shares human condition

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photo of Bishop Morlino giving Diocese of Madison contribution for The Elizabeth House to Liz Osborn and others

Bishop Robert C. Morlino gives a Diocese of Madison contribution of $75,000 for The Elizabeth House to Liz Osborn, executive director of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County. Also shown from left are: Anne and Fred Grossenbach, chairs of the capital campaign for the new Elizabeth House maternity home; Sue Gruen, director of The Elizabeth House; and Peggy and Dave Konkol, capital campaign members. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

Elizabeth House:
Diocese donates $75,000
to maternity home

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino presented a $75,000 check from the Diocese of Madison to representatives of The Elizabeth House on Dec. 22.

The Elizabeth House is a Christian residential program for women undergoing an unplanned pregnancy. It provides a home as well as prenatal care, parenting classes, and assistance in finding a job.

Currently in a temporary location in Stoughton, The Elizabeth House is operated by Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County. A new 10-bedroom maternity home that will include a pregnancy help clinic will be built on Madison's east side at 1350 MacArthur Rd. The Elizabeth House plans to break ground for the new home in spring.   Full story ...

'Lessons and Carols':
Madison Diocesan Choir offers song, Scripture

MADISON -- Beautiful voices filled the chapel at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center during the Madison Diocesan Choir's recent performance of "Lessons and Carols."

The performance alternated Advent and Christmas Scripture readings with carols such as Gustav Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter sung by the choir. The audience also joined in singing songs such as Angels We Have Heard on High and Joy to the World.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino presided at the event, reading the final Scripture "lesson" about the Word being made flesh.   Full story ...

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