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Ordination of Deacon Lawrence Oparaji February 22 Print
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Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Fr. Lawrence Oparaji
Deacon Lawrence Oparaji

MADISON -- Bishop Donald J. Hying will ordain Deacon Lawrence Oparaji to the priesthood for the Diocese of Madison on Saturday, Feb. 22, at a 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Bishop O'Donnell Chapel at Holy Name Heights, 702 S. High Point Rd.

Deacon Lawrence is the son of Kenneth and Calista Oparaji of Angwan Fadama, Orozo, FCT, in Nigeria.They are members of St. Andrew Kagwa Parish, Orozo Abuja.

Deacon Lawrence's home parish in the Diocese of Madison is St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison.

He attended grade school in the Model Learning Center/Jikwoyi Phase II, and high school in the Federal government College/Keffi, Nasarawa.

His college studies were taken at the Dominican Institute Samonda Ibadan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

He studied at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St. Paul, Minn., where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.

His intern experience took place at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison. His deacon placements were at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison, and Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Sun Prairie.

His clinical pastoral experience was taken at Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater, Minn.

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Bishop Hying leads St. Joseph Men’s Retreat Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Cathy Lins, Catholic Herald Correspondent   
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

"Our deepest identity is as beloved sons of the Father," Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison said, as he spoke to over 80 men from approximately 20 parishes at Camp Gray in rural Reedsburg.

This was the 14th Men's Retreat, sponsored annually by St Joseph's Catholic Parish in Baraboo.

This year's theme was, "Men After God's Own Heart."

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Bishop calls on men to be ‘St. Joseph Strong’ Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

PINE BLUFF -- "Now is the time for St. Joseph" says the new book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC.

Each man who attended the Knights of Divine Mercy event at St. Mary Church in Pine Bluff on February 7 received a copy of this book to embark on their own journey to be "St. Joseph Strong".

More than 300 men were in attendance and heard a talk by Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison.

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New series: Celebrating the Liturgical Year at home Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Have you ever wished that your Catholic faith could be more connected to your daily life?

The Office of Worship of the Diocese of Madison is starting a new series of workshops to help people do just that, starting with celebrating Sunday and the liturgical year, on Wednesday, March 18 (7 to 8:15 p.m.) at Holy Name Heights, 702 S. High Point Rd. in Madison.

The liturgical year is one of the great gifts of the Catholic Church. Throughout the year, we follow Jesus Christ from his birth to his Ascension (and beyond). We even look forward to the day when he will come again at the end of time.

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