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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.
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Celebrating an 'endless love'
By Kat Wagner
Catholic Herald Staff
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 ...
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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By Kat Wagner
It starts with hospitality, conversation
Catholic Herald Staff
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.
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 ...