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A birthday wish for my Bishop, His Excellency Robert C. Morlino

31 December 2013

Reprinted by staff from last year

31 December 2012 Anno Domini
posted by Sofia Guerra

Sometimes when I least expect it, Divine Providence allows for a smile. When I left the Jersey Shore for the great state of Wisconsin I wasn’t sure this Jersey girl could “blend” into the Midwest. Pleasant surprise…not only did I fit in, but I really love it. Why? A couple of reasons.

First, the people are friendly and warm without being patronizing. They work hard and laugh alot. and the cheese is the best.
Second, (and really the most important reason) is that Catholic culture and tradition live on here in the Badger state. right down to Friday night fish frys at every restaurant and many a Church Hall, this is a place where Catholicism is a part of everyday life.

The Coat of Arms of Bishop Robert C. Morlino. Diocese of Madison, WI

But the absolute BEST part of moving to Wisconsin is His Excellency Robert Morlino and the best Diocese anywhere–Madison. I always dreamed of a place where the historical Churches were appreciated and the traditional Latin Mass was given the respect and honor it deserves. I have found that place. ( BTW, he was one of 2 reasons I moved to the Madison Diocese)

Yes, I know, you are saying what about the spirituality etc etc..? Hey, that goes without saying…but also the beauty of the traditional Mass and the aesthetics of an historical church are just two of my personal loves. In addition, a Bishop who gets that and is UNAFRAID to be a shepherd, ready to give it all for Christ, His Church, Truth AND is a chef? It’s almost too good to be true, but it is true.

My wish for His Excellency on this last day of the year, his birthday is that he never loses the smile that God gave him. It is this smile coming from the soul and the heart of a man, who is a priest who loves Christ as Christ loves His Church. There are some who won’t agree with me because their agenda is not with Christ. Sadly, that is their problem, but I will pray for them anyway and love them as Christ loves each and every one of us, despite of our willingness not to love back.

As for my wonderful Bishop, I pray that today he think of his parents who gave him life along with our God…it is from that love he was born into this world for a purpose. It is from that love the His Excellency has attained his vocation and his strength to be our shepherd; love with a purpose.

I am a selfish sort, I have complained about priests and Bishops in the past and whined like a baby that I had to endure the whims of those who perhaps “don’t get it yet”. This, however, is pride talking and for that I ask forgiveness. Today, I ask and pray for all the blessings of Our Divine Infant Savior for my wonderful Bishop. I never thought there would be a day I could say that my Bishop is the best bishop in the world. Well, almost…he is only second to the Bishop of Rome, my wonderful Pope.

So, wait a minute, whose birthday is this anyway? Sounds like I got the best gift, doesn’t it?

Your Excellency, have a fantastic birthday, I know you will, because you “get it”. Imagine, you gave ME A GIFT on your birthday.! Thank you for giving me the gift of a true shepherd.

God love you,

Sofia Guerra
Your devoted servant in Christ

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Robert Morlino was born December 31, 1946, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is an only child, and his father, Charles, died while he was in high school, his mother, Albertina, in 1980. He was raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, graduating from Jesuit High School in Scranton. He entered the seminary for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and was ordained to the priesthood for that Jesuit Province on June 1, 1974. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, the Master of Divinity Degree from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, with specialization in fundamental moral theology and bioethics.

Father Morlino taught Philosophy at Loyola College in Baltimore, St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Boston College, the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College. He served as an instructor in continuing education for priests, religious and laity and as director of parish renewal programs.

In 1981, Father Morlino became a priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo and served there as Vicar for Spiritual Development, Executive Assistant and Theological Consultant to the Bishop, as Moderator of the Curia, and as the Promoter of Justice in the Diocesan Tribunal. He served as administrator of a number of parishes, and as rector of St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo. Father Morlino was scheduled to begin a full-time faculty appointment as professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit when, on July 6, 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him the Ninth Bishop of Helena. Bishop Morlino was appointed the Fourth Bishop of Madison on May 23, 2003 and installed on August 1, 2003.

Bishop Morlino served as chairman of two committees within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) – the Bishops’ Committee on the Diaconate, dealing with matters concerning the ministry of permanent deacons, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Issues and the Church, responding to moral and theological questions surrounding specific health care situations. In 2005, Bishop Morlino became Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) which conducts research, consultation, publishing, and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences. Also, Bishop Morlino was appointed to the Board of Visitors for the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). This board is a federal advisory committee created to maintain independent review, observation, and recommendation regarding operations of the institute. Bishop Morlino was elected vice-Chairman of the Board of Visitors at their November 2005 meeting. Most recently Bishop Morlino was appointed to the USCCB Bishops’ and Presidents’ Committee which seeks to encourage the Catholic identity of institutions of higher education.

Source: Catholic Answers

 

To listen to audio of homilies and statements by His Excellency, Bishop Morlino please click HERE.


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