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May 8, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 18   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association, 2007 awards competition:

• First place for best single ad (black and white)

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2006 awards competition:

• First place for best editorial on a local issue

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Pray for moms this Mother's Day, May 11

photo of Brian and Tracy Johnson and the six children they have adopted over the past five years, including triplets

The triplets doubled the number of children Brian and Tracy Johnson have adopted over the past five years. Here the family poses for a photo in their Waunakee home with their children. (Catholic Herald photo by Kat Wagner)

Celebrating an 'endless love'

WAUNAKEE -- The call asking if they would adopt triplets came as a bit of a surprise to Tracy and Brian Johnson.

The couple already had adopted three children, more than the two they had originally "planned" to have. But the call was about a young woman in Oklahoma, the friend of their eldest's birth mother, who was considering aborting her three babies.

"Right away, my heart was just 'yes,'" Tracy said.

Brian was more practical, but no less willing: "The problem I had was we really had to consider it. It's a real life change."

Three, especially, and all at once, is a whole life change, he said, financially, socially, and for planning both now and in the future.

"It was easy to make the decision to sacrifice for ourselves," Brian said, as he sat among the children playing on the living room floor. "But we really had to decide for these guys."

The decision, in the end, was "yes." Tracy and Brian, parishioners at St. John the Baptist Parish in Waunakee, now have six children: Breanna, 5, who was adopted from Oklahoma; Devin, 3, from Madison; Connor, 11 months, from Wausau; and the three triplets, Allison, Hailey, and Kayla, who are all six months old.   Full story ...

Free tickets
still available

MADISON -- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations, will give a talk at the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center, 201 State St., on Monday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.

The archbishop's talk is "Pope Benedict XVI at the United Nations: A Voice of Moral Authority."

Tickets are required to attend the archbishop's talk. There is no cost for the tickets. Tickets may be obtained by calling 608-821-3043 and leaving a message with name, address, phone number, and number of tickets requested. There is a maximum of 10 tickets per person.

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News & Features:

Community effort: To help youth
in justice system

Catholic Charities: Partners with Oakwood Village to support family care givers

Special Section: Retirement Living

Gas and food prices: Hurting social service agencies


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
The Holy Week liturgies

• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
Pope urges nations to put people
at heart of society

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Apostolic Journey to the U.S.

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Graduation/Vocation/Career, Senior Focus: May 15, 2008

Funeral Planning/Memorial Day: May 22, 2008

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Plugging people
into faith
It starts with hospitality, conversation

MADISON -- In a recent talk at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Madison on the subject of the evangelization of the faith, Curtis Martin, founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), drew laughs with his parallel between evangelization and a common household appliance:

"You could buy a really nice television set," he said, "but if you never plug it in, it's just not going to work very well.

"When we put people in touch with God, it's like plugging them in," he explained. "It's the power source we were made for; they come alive."

Martin spoke on evangelization at the parish on a Friday morning recently to a group of nearly 100 people. He also spoke to students at St. Paul's University Catholic Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus the evening before.   Full story ...

Monroe Clinic increases scope of facility expansion project

MONROE -- Over the past several months, Monroe Clinic's Board of Directors, management, staff, architects, and construction managers have worked to finalize details of the organization's master facility expansion project.

Recently, a decision was made to increase the scope of that project. The organization's Board of Directors and its sponsor, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, approved a budget of $85 million for a revised master facility plan. The budget represents a project cap and will not be exceeded.

Accommodate growth

The original plan for expansion arose from a need to accommodate current and future growth and a need to update aging facilities.

According to Monroe Clinic President and CEO Mike Sanders, "While planning this project, it became clear that meeting the current and future medical needs of the community requires a different facility than originally envisioned. The original plan was determined to be riskier and more expensive in the long run as it required renovation of existing, older structures as well as adding a new structure.   Full story ...

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