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Center welcomes immigrants, and they give back Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Green, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
CMC Madison
Marlene and Ray help in the food pantry at the Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) in Madison. They have volunteered at the center for many years. Ray came to the United States from Mexico when he was 16 years old and later married Marlene. They raised a family of nine children. Ray became a citizen of the U.S. in the fall of 2017 with the help of CMC staff. (Contributed photo)

MADISON -- The Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) in Madison has an extensive history working to welcome the stranger, actively serving immigrants from countries all over the world and all walks of life for the last three decades.

In 2017, CMC English as a Second Language classes served 163 students from 34 different countries who spoke 17 different languages.

Whether coming to the CMC seeking services, support, a sense of community, or to help out, each immigrant has their own story. Three immigrants at the CMC offered to share their stories.

Long journey to citizenship

Marlene and Ray have been volunteering at the CMC food pantry every week since 1995 and were actively involved with the CMC in different capacities even before that.

The CMC was recently blessed to experience a major milestone in the couple's life: After being in the U.S. for 40 years, Ray became a U.S. citizen this past fall.

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SSM Health and CSA complete sponsorship transfer of Agnesian HealthCare, Monroe Clinic Print E-mail
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Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA) and SSM Health have successfully completed a transfer of sponsorship of CSA's health care ministries.

Agnesian HealthCare, based in Fond du Lac, and Monroe Clinic, based in Monroe, are now part of SSM Health.

Patients and residents will continue to receive the high-quality compassionate care they've come to know and expect from Agnesian HealthCare and Monroe Clinic, but also benefit from the additional expertise, resources, and extensive network of specialists provided by SSM Health.

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March for Life to be held in Madison Print E-mail
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Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- All are invited to attend a March for Life on Monday, Jan. 22, beginning at St. Patrick Church, 404 E. Main St., with the theme, "As a Pro-Life People -- We Dare to Hope."

There will be a Rosary for Life at 11:45 a.m., Mass at 12:10 p.m., and peaceful march to the State Capitol at 1 p.m. People will then go inside the Capitol for prayer and visit each legislator with the message that all life is precious from conception to natural death.

This event is sponsored by the Diocese of Madison. For more information, go to www.madisondiocese.org/march4life

 
Our Faith Stories in Stoughton Print E-mail
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Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

STOUGHTON -- Our Faith Stories at St. Ann Parish will feature Bob Joyes and Kay Kinney sharing their faith stories on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in Healy Hall, 323 N. Van Buren St.

The theme of Bob Joyes' talk is "Back into the fire again." Kay Kinney will speak on the gift of inviting God to be truly present in her life.

All are invited to attend.

 
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