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April 21, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 15   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison has forwarded another check to Catholic Relief Services in the amount of $106,081.03 for tsunami relief. This brings the total amount given for this effort in the diocese to $452,387.55.

Gregory Keller, director of finance for the diocese, estimates that this is the largest special collection ever taken in the diocese. "It is a privilege to send in this check," he said. "The generosity of people in our diocese for people in their neediest hour is very gratifying. Support came from the largest parishes to the smallest classes in our diocese."

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photo of officials detonating dirt explosions during Madison groundbreaking for St. Marys Hospital Medical Center expansion

Detonating dirt explosions during the April 12 Madison groundbreaking for St. Marys Hospital Medical Center's $174 million expansion project are, from left: Alderman Andy Heidt; Mayor Dave Cieslewicz; Sr. Jacqueline Motzel, president of SSM Health Care; County Executive Kathleen Falk; Joe Braunger, chair of St. Marys Hospital Foundation; Sr. Mary Jean Ryan, chief executive officer of SSM; Bishop Robert C. Morlino; Mary Starmann-Harrison, chief executive officer of SSM Health Care of Wisconsin; and Dr. Frank Byrne, president of St. Marys Hospital. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

St. Marys Hospital: Breaks ground on expansion project

MADISON -- St. Marys Hospital here broke ground for its $174 million expansion project with a "bang" April 12 when Bishop Robert C. Morlino joined hospital and city representatives in setting off several dirt explosions.

St. Marys Hospital inpatient discharges have increased by 15 percent over the past three years. Approximately 7,000 additional inpatients are expected by 2014. To meet the needs of the community, the expansion project will add 78 patient beds, double the size of the Emergency Services Department, and add a 180,000 square foot hospital inpatient building and an outpatient services building.

The project involves 2.7 acres of land east of the hospital between Brooks and Park Streets. The main entrance of the hospital will be relocated from Mills St. to Brooks St.

The expansion plan also includes storefronts on Park St. consistent with redevelopment initiatives currently underway. All construction is expected to be completed by 2009.   Full story ...

Cathedral case:
Alleged arsonist suffers from mental illness

MADISON -- William J. Connell, the transient man accused of setting the March 14 fire that left only the walls and steeple standing at St. Raphael Cathedral here, will stand trial after appearing at an April 15 preliminary hearing in Dane County Court.

Connell faces charges of arson and burglary felonies, plus a bail-jumping misdemeanor from a previous case.

A competency evaluation, ordered by Commissioner Todd Meurer and completed by Wisconsin Forensic Unit psychologist Dr. Patricia Coffey, indicated that Connell is competent to proceed in the legal process, but he has a history of symptoms of mental illness, including paranoia, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizoaffective disorder.   Full story ...

Strategic plan:
Demographic report, survey will provide foundation

MADISON -- A comprehensive demographic report on the Diocese of Madison is being prepared by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Kevin Phelan, chancellor of the diocese, discussed the report with diocesan priests at the recent Presbyteral Council meeting.

Demographic profile

CARA's report will assist the Diocese of Madison in more accurately determining the composition and dynamics of its Catholic population.   Full story ...

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