|The Catholic Herald
The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
Lay institute: Trains laity to deepen faith
What is the lay institute?
The whole life of the Catholic Church (and how the faith has been handed down throughout time) is embodied in the inspired union of apostolic tradition and sacred Scripture.
In order to effectively evangelize and provide sufficient catechesis in the world today, it is imperative Catholics continue to seek ongoing formation in Church teaching and doctrine - better equipping them to share the faith with others. Full story ...
MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison Lay Institute came to a close June 9 with a celebration Mass for about 75 graduates of the 10-course institute.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino celebrated the Mass and conferred certificates of completion on the institute participants.
The Level-1 institute, sponsored by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (OEC), provided formation for Catholic adults in their faith and in the leadership skills necessary to serve the parish community.
Through the 10 eight-hour courses, attendees learned about Catholic theology; the structure, theology, and history of Scripture; moral and sacramental theology; social teaching; Canon Law; and the Second Vatican Council. They also engaged in spiritual formation, practicing to become effective disciples and grow in their personal commitment to prayer and the sacraments.
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Regional gatherings: Provide forum for diocesan, local catechist interaction
MADISON -- The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (OEC) held five regional gatherings with parish catechetical leaders around the Madison Diocese recently. These gatherings were created as an extension of and follow up to the diocesan-wide gathering of catechetical leaders that took place in February with Bishop Robert C. Morlino.
Eric Schiedermayer, director of the office, remarked that they started each regional gathering, "by reflecting on the diocesan vision which Bishop Morlino articulated . . . and how that plays out in the work of a parish DRE."
The bishop's diocesan vision statement is as follows: "Our goal is that everyone in the diocese would hear everyday a loving and gentle invitation to meet Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, in a life changing way."
Kathy Dwyer, from St. Luke Parish, Plain, and St. John the Evangelist Parish, Spring Green, sees the gatherings as an "overdue opportunity for us to converse in a guided discussion." Throughout the meeting she was "looking at where our mission is and (receiving) spiritual support for us as leaders." Full story ...
Graduates embrace ministry
MADISON -- Students of Loyola University marked their graduation with a small Mass celebrated by Bishop William H. Bullock on June 20 at the Bishop O'Connor Center.
The students were part of the Loyola University Institute of Ministry extension program (LIMEX), started here in the Diocese of Madison several years ago by the late Jack McBride, and this year facilitated by Cindy Fischer, of the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis.
Graduates Cathy Diamond; Sabrina Elsen, who could not be at the Mass; Holly Irving; Mary Lestina; and Larry Schmitt, whose wife Peggy was in the first LIMEX class, all earned master's degrees from the program designed to provide in-depth information and reflection for ministerial roles in the church. Full story ...
|Catholic Herald summer publication schedule
During the summer months, The Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for three issues. Remaining issues to be skipped include: July 12 and August 9. Below are deadlines for the issues prior to the weeks skipped:
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