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Gran celebracion: In honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe
MADISON -- St. Joseph Church was filled to overflowing December 9 for a Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe with song, flowers, and costumes.
The 17th annual Diocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, sponsored by the Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach, honors the Patroness of the Americas and unborn children, whose feast day is December 12.
The Mass was presided over by Bishop Robert C. Morlino and concelebrated by seven other priests. The Diocesan Hispanic Choir, directed by María Antonia Kellor and accompanied by Beatriz Aguilar, provided the festive music for the occasion.
At the beginning of the Mass, many children, dressed in their countries' traditional outfits, approached the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe bearing roses to lay at her feet. The roses symbolize her appearance to St. Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531, which led to the Christian conversion of more than nine million indigenous people in 10 years.
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Andy Galvin: Named coordinator of diocesan Marriage Preparation Program
MADISON -- Andy Galvin has been named diocesan coordinator of the Marriage Preparation Program. He replaces Beverly Hartberg, who retired recently.
Galvin will be working in the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. Eric Schiedermayer, who heads that office, is excited to have Galvin on the staff. "There is great truth in the statement, 'As goes the family, so goes the world,'" said Schiedermayer. "Our
work to build a culture of life founded upon the truth of Jesus Christ must begin with fostering strong marriages and families. God has revealed himself as a loving, life-giving communion of persons, and we most closely image this in the covenant of marriage."
"Marriage is foundational not only for our faith as a sacrament but also for our society," said Galvin. "I am excited to take this position to increase the awareness of the importance of marriage and support those couples that are responding to their vocational call. I'm
looking forward to continuing the tradition of a strong Marriage Preparation Program that exists in the diocese."
Galvin has an undergraduate degree in urban planning and a master's degree in natural resource planning from the University of Michigan. For the last eight years he has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, primarily protecting rare species.
He said his experience and skills include coordination of state-wide training programs, policy development, and project management. "These skills will be very applicable to my new position with the diocese," he noted.
He and his wife, Chris, have five children: four boys ages four to nine and one girl who is seven months old. They homeschool their children.
They have also been involved in a variety of family and marriage-related volunteer activities. The Galvins have been a FOCCUS marriage preparation couple at St. James Parish in Madison. They are now members of St. Raphael Parish.
They are also both members of Regnum Christi, a lay apostolate movement that provides formation for members to go out to build the Kingdom of God in the world. The Galvins have led family-life teams for Regnum Christi. Full story ...