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Mass of reparation for sins of sexual abuse Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison kneels in prayer with Fr. Scott Emerson, left, priest secretary and master of ceremonies to the bishop, and Msgr. James Bartylla, right, vicar general for the Diocese of Madison, at the start of Mass on September 14. The Mass at the Bishop O’Donnell Holy Name Oratory at Holy Name Heights in Madison was for the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross and day of reparation for sins of sexual abuse by clergy and the episcopacy. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- “I want to pray today with you for those who have committed terrible sins, sins of sacrilege, sins that cry to heaven for vengeance,” said Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison.

His words came during a Mass on September 14 for the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross and day of reparation for sins of sexual abuse by clergy and the episcopacy.

The Mass was held in the Bishop O’Donnell Holy Name Oratory at Holy Name Heights in Madison.

Repentance and reparation

After Bishop Morlino processed into Mass, he knelt before the altar, along with concelebrant Msgr. James Bartylla, vicar general for the diocese; Fr. Scott Emerson, priest secretary and master of ceremonies to the bishop; and Deacon Jim Hoegemeier, who later read the Gospel.

Everyone at the Mass knelt in silent prayer with the bishop.

Following this silent prayer, the bishop acknowledged a similar tone to Good Friday, as he was without his episcopal ring and crosier.

He reminded everyone, along with the repentance and sorrow felt for the actions recently come to light committed by priests and bishops, to acknowledge “our sins, not someone else’s.”

The Cross and healing

During his homily, Bishop Morlino, referenced the Gospel reading — “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him (John 3:17)” and said, “The very sight of the Cross brings healing.”

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Catholic Charities Madison to distribute financial assistance to flood victims Print E-mail
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Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Catholic Charities Madison is leading the effort to financially assist recent flood impacted households with matching funding from Catholic Charities USA and The Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation’s Saint Mother Teresa Mercy Endowment Fund.

Each entity has contributed $10,000 for a combined $30,000 available to individuals and families who have experienced hardships from the August flooding.

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Seat of Wisdom Diocesan Institute kicks off its 10th year Print E-mail
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Written by Michelle Nilsson, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The year 2019 marks the 10 year anniversary of our Seat of Wisdom Diocesan Institute.

In 2009, the office of Evangelization and Catechesis responded to the instructions of bishops in Wisconsin to ensure the formation of catechists and adults in the Diocese of Madison and all of our state.

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Austin Steffen to be ordained in Rome Print E-mail
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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Austin Steffen

ROME, Italy -- Austin Steffen, a Diocese of Madison seminarian, will be ordained as a transitional deacon on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

The son of Colette and Tim Steffen of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Cuba City, he attended St. Rose Catholic Grade School and Cuba City High School in Cuba City; the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Platteville; Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, Minn., where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in philosophy; the North American College and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

He was involved as an altar server throughout grade school and went on mission trips through the Catholic Heart Work Camp in high school. He attended daily Mass throughout the summers off from school and while in college. He also helped with a youth group in Platteville while he was a student there.

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