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May 15, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 19   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ... .

Msgr. James G. Kramer, 84, dies

Pastor emeritus, priest for 60 years

-- Posted 5/19/2008, 3:45 p.m. Central Time
-- Updated 5/20/2008, 4:10 p.m. Central Time

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Msgr. James G.



MADISON -- Reverend Monsignor James G. Kramer, pastor emeritus of the Diocese of Madison, died Monday morning after sixty years as an ordained priest. He was 84.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m., Friday, May 23 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 602 Everglade Dr., Madison. The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will preside, with Msgr. William DeBock the homilist.

Visitation is at St. Thomas Aquinas from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Madison.

A native of Roanoke, Va., and later Madison and son of the late Blanche E. (Hickey) and Fred E. Kramer, Monsignor Kramer attended St. Raphael Grade School in Madison; Edgewood High School in Madison; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Madison on May 29, 1948, by Bishop William P. O’Connor at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison. After ordination he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was assistant superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Madison from 1950 to 1953 and then superintendent of schools from 1953 to 1969. He was also a member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council and Diocesan Board of Education.

During his priesthood he also served in parishes of the diocese as associate pastor at St. Thomas the Apostle, Beloit; administrator of St. Patrick, Doylestown, with the mission of St. Joseph, Rio; pastor of St. Paul, Evansville; St. Mary, Portage; and St. Mary of the Lake, Westport.

Pope John Paul II  named him a Prelate of Honor with the title of “Monsignor” in 2000. He retired with the title “Pastor Emeritus” in July of 1998.  Msgr. Kramer celebrated his 60th jubilee in May 2008.

Knights of Columbus live up to vision of founder
Madison council marks 50 years of service to Church, community

Editor's note: Brian Elliott, grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 4527 in Madison, recently shared his views on the Knights of Columbus and the 50th anniversary of the council.

What is the Knights of Columbus and what exactly does it do?

The Knights of Columbus is the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael J. McGivney, who is being considered for sainthood. We seek to motivate our members and their families as good citizens to conduct projects for the good of society and individuals in need in the areas of Church, community, council, family, and youth. We encourage our members and families to be loyal to the faith and to be supportive of the mission of the Church.

We also serve our members and families through our life insurance program. Insurance was one of the purposes identified by Father McGivney for the establishment of the order, namely, the care of the widows and children of members.

How many members are there in Wisconsin and in Madison?

In Wisconsin, there are almost 39,000 knights, 8,000 of which are in the Madison Diocese. The Madison area has about 890 knights. Council 4527 is one of the largest in the area with 316 members.   Full story ...

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Bishop participates
in commencement
at college

WARNER, N.H. -- On Saturday May 3, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel at Magdalen College in Warner, N.H.

Members of the class of 2008 were awarded Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts Degrees in Liberal Studies, as well as the Apostolic Catechetical Diploma. The Vatican-approved Apostolic Catechetical Diploma is awarded to graduates who successfully complete four years of rigorous studies of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Code of Canon Law, the social teachings of the Catholic Church, the Gospels, papal encyclicals, and Church teachings on marriage and family life.

The college also conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, on Bishop Morlino; Anne Hochreiter, a faithful member of the Board of Trustees since 1982; and Leo Blau, whose generous donations led to the college's recent acquisition of Durward's Glen Retreat and Educational Center in Baraboo, Wis.   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, the Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for four issues. Issues to be skipped include: June 5, June 19, July 10, and August 7. At right are deadlines for the issues prior to the weeks skipped:

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
May 29 First two weeks of June May 21 June 5
June 12 Third & fourth wks June June 4 June 19
July 3 First two weeks of July June 25 July 10
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