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March 8, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 9   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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St. Raphael Cathedral Fire: Two years later

Cathedral future: After input from parishioners around diocese, Bishop Morlino close to a decision

Two events highlight cathedral

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino and the Diocese of Madison invite the public to a lecture by a prominent church architect (March 8) and a prayer service marking the second anniversary of the fire which destroyed St. Raphael Cathedral (March 14).

Thursday, March 8 -- Duncan Stroik, a professor of classical architecture at Notre Dame University, will present a lecture on the topic "Ex Cathedra: A city set on a hill cannot be hid." Stroik lectures widely on the principles of traditional architecture and Catholic church design. His lecture will discuss the theology of what a cathedral is and what a cathedral's mission demands. His work and essays on architecture have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, Crisis, Inside the Vatican, Our Sunday Visitor, and Catholic Dossier.

Stroik's lecture is part of the Diocese of Madison's St. Thérèse of Lisieux Lecture Series. It will take place on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, 702 South High Point Rd. Madison. A sign language interpreter will be available. Register online at or contact the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis at 608-821-3160 or

Wednesday, March 14 -- A prayer service marking the second anniversary of the Cathedral fire will take place. All are invited to meet at the Meriter MainGate Apartments at 5 p.m. The prayer service will take place in the MainGate Health Care Auditorium beginning at approximately 5:15 p.m. Refreshments and a short meeting will follow.

Two years after the fire that destroyed most of St. Raphael Cathedral, Bishop Robert C. Morlino is close to making a decision on the cathedral's future.

Throughout the past year, the bishop has been getting input from people throughout the Diocese of Madison. He has held townhall meetings, consulted with diocesan advisory bodies, and has received many letters and comments about the cathedral.

Bishop Morlino says he will "put his thoughts together" after Easter and announce the decision in early summer. It is obvious that the bishop prefers a cathedral to be located in downtown Madison, but said he is still open to persuasion. He adds, however, that "even secular Madison wants the cathedral downtown."

After his decision is announced, he said there will be a feasibility study done to determine how much money can be raised. "We need professionals to help advise us," he said.

Vision for cathedral

Bishop Morlino emphasizes that the diocese must have a cathedral. His vision for the mission of the cathedral is, of course, a place of worship. He says it does not need to be a "golden temple," but it should be a "beautiful place."   Full story ...

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Marks five years online

MADISON -- Leemark Communications is proud to mark five years of preparing the Catholic Herald Online, the Web version of the official newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Madison.

The Web site, located at, is updated weekly in conjunction with the print issue of the Catholic Herald. It also is updated when breaking news occurs.

The Catholic Herald Online officially debuted with the October 25, 2001 edition, but two previous editions (October 11 and 18) were prepared and posted online first to allow troubleshooting of any problems.   Full story ...

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Challenge to use, purify media: A realistic request?

As many of you know, I am relatively new to the Diocese of Madison - both the geographical region as well as to the diocesan offices. Over the course of the recent months, I have been getting well acquainted with the diocese spiritually, physically, and politically. I have had the opportunity to meet the great priests of our diocese and hundreds of the good and holy people who support them.

Specifically in my position as Director of Communications for the Diocese of Madison, I have paid close attention to the area media; answered their phone calls and responded to their questions and requests. After a few months of this I have realized that I can be doing much more to facilitate both the external communications of the diocese and the internal as well. It is for this reason that I write today: we as a diocesan community can help the entire Church, by letting "the Catholic voice" be heard throughout every corner of the diocese.

Communications plan

In recent weeks, I have been praying about a comprehensive and realistic communications plan for the Diocese of Madison - but, where to begin?   Full story ...

Valley of Our Lady Monastery: Celebrates Golden Jubilee of establishment
in the Madison Diocese

"Trumpets should blow for it is the jubilee . . . it shall be holy unto you . . . "

-- Leviticus 25:9-12

PRAIRIE DU SAC -- January 6, 2007 marked the Golden Jubilee of the arrival of six Cistercian nuns from Frauenthal, Switzerland, to Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, to establish the Valley of Our Lady Monastery in North America.

When the Swiss nuns arrived at the request of Bishop William O'Connor, they were situated on a 122-acre farm outside of Prairie du Sac. The "monastery" was comprised of a 1850s stone house, and the summer home of Governor Emanuel L. Phillip that was built in the early 1900s.

As American women responded to God's calling, the monastery grew, the Swiss nuns returned to Frauenthal, and the American nuns assumed responsibility for maintaining the monastery and growing the community.   Full story ...

Apostolate Spring Day:
Mass, dinner for disabled, elderly

MONROE -- The 40th annual Spring Day for the Handicapped will be held on Saturday, April 14, at Monroe High School.

"Jesus - Look at Us; Our Hearts are Burning" is the theme for this Spring Day. All disabled and elderly persons are invited to attend.

Bishop William H. Bullock, Bishop Emeritus of Madison, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the 10:45 a.m. Mass in the high school gym. He will be joined by other priests of the Diocese of Madison.   Full story ...

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