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Cistercian Sisters seek prayers and support to build new monastery Print
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
cistercians pray and work

PRAIRIE DU SAC -- In 1957, six Cistercian Sisters from Switzerland came to Wisconsin at the request of Bishop William P. O’Connor, bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Madison.

Since their founding at Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac, this community of cloistered Cistercian Sisters has grown. Their community currently consists of 22 Sisters, ranging in age from 23 to 89.

Contemplative monastic life

The Sisters live a contemplative monastic life with a rhythm of prayer and work. They are perhaps best known for making of altar breads, supplying about 13 million breads each year to churches around the country.

About 10 years ago, the community received an unprecedented influx of vocations within a short span of time. This growth spurt brought the community nearly to capacity in their current buildings.

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd grows Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechists, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The room was filled with joyful expectation as catechists and invested partners celebrated the presence of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) in the Diocese of Madison at its third annual gathering.

CGS Diocesan Director Katie Haun warmly encouraged the catechists and directors of religious education (DRE) present to share the joys and challenges of starting and maintaining atrium, the space where children gather to encounter God in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method.

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October observed as Month of the Rosary Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7 in the Catholic Church.

Also, in 1917, three Portuguese children were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, over a period of six months. The final visit was on October 13, when about 70,000 people witnessed the dancing sun, performed by Our Lady.

As a result, many people were converted, while non-practicing Catholics returned to the faith. Hence, praying in a public arena has the potential of converting people and making Catholics stronger in their belief.

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Box of Joy Christmas gift program in Ashton Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

ASHTON -- St. Peter Catholic Parish and School in Ashton are spreading Christmas cheer early this year to children in need in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

They are mobilizing Catholic schools, parishes, and other groups and individuals across the Diocese of Madison by serving as a drop-off center for the Box of Joy program (https://crosscatholic.org/boxofjoy/), a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach.

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