See also past columns and past letters by Bishop Donald J. Hying.

From the Bishop
Spreading the Gospel of life is our mission Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison   
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

This week, we once again commemorate the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision in 1973 which legalized abortion throughout our country.

Since then, millions and millions of human lives have been legally snuffed out in the very beginning of their existence without the chance of making their contribution to the world or knowing the wonder of our human experience.

Last year globally, 41 million abortions occurred. These numbers are staggering when we compare them to any other human tragedy which destroys lives.

Bishop Donald J. Hying schedule Print
Bishop's schedule
Written by Kevin Wondrash   
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, 8:15 a.m.: Celebrate Mass and visit classrooms, St. Joseph School, Fort Atkinson; Visit classrooms, St. John the Baptist School, Jefferson

6 p.m.: Attend and speak at St. Thomas Aquinas Dinner and Lecture, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Madison

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, 12 noon (EST): Celebrate Mass and dedicate mosaic of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, Basilica of the National Shrine, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020: Celebrate Catholic Schools Week Mass and speak at Social Justice Summit, Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart, Madison; Visit classrooms, Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Madison

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020: Staff Catechesis and celebrate 12 noon Mass, Holy Name Heights, Madison

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020: Celebrate Mass and visit classrooms, St. John Vianney School, Janesville

Importance of reading and studying the Bible Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

Recently, Pope Francis designated the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, which falls on January 26 this year, as the Word of God Sunday, to honor the Scriptures and to lift up the importance of Divine Revelation given to us through the Bible.

St. Jerome, who dedicated his life to translating the entire Bible into Latin, famously said that "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ." As Christians, we are grounded in the Word, confident that the Holy Spirit inspired the biblical authors to write what they did as the definitive and inerrant expression of God's communication to His people.