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Bishop Robert Morlino’s Statement on “Laudato Si”

24 June 2015

Bishop Robert C. Morlino’s statement on the release of the encyclical Laudato Si
Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015 — 10:33 AM
The Catholic Herald – Diocesan Newspaper of the Diocese of Madison WI


Bishop Robert C. Morlino offers the following statement on the release of the encyclical, Laudato Si, by our Holy Father, Pope Francis:

bishop morlino disclaimerWith the release of today’s encyclical, Laudato Si (Praise be to you, my Lord – On Care for Our Common Home), our Holy Father, Pope Francis, offers the Church, and in fact the entire world, the opportunity to reflect on important truths of God and His creation, which we know, from its origin, is good. Gifted with the rest of the natural world, human beings have been given the serious obligation to care not only for the dignity of every other human, for the love of their Creator, but also to care for the rest of His creation as well. God has given us an awesome responsibility.

While I have not yet made my way through the entire encyclical, I’d like to offer a few reflections at this time, taken, admittedly, from the perspective of a pastor of souls and person of faith:

First, and probably most importantly, I would encourage everyone to take the time, and with an open mind and open heart, to read the encyclical for themselves. It is rather long and it won’t be an “easy read,” but don’t allow pundits or reporters, even ones you might trust, to tell you what the Pope’s letter is or isn’t about, or what it says. Read it, pray about it, and have honest discussions about what we can reasonably do to become better stewards of all of God’s creation. Make sure to keep God at the center of your reflections and discussions, and be vigilant to recognize when others, especially those doing so publicly on television or in print, try to separate it, even for a moment, from God. Just yesterday, at his general audience, the Pope implored women and men of good will to accept his letter with open hearts. This is important, because this is how the Holy Spirit can work in and through us. So, it is with an open heart that I will continue to read, study, reflect, and pray about this encyclical.

With that said, Pope Francis very clearly presents, in Laudato Si, that the ecology of human nature and the ecology of the rest of the natural world can never be separated, and that the first concern is for the ecology of the human body. When one respects authentic human ecology, they will respect the ecology of the rest of creation and when one does not respect human ecology, they will not respect that of the rest of creation — or at least will not have an authentic understanding of why all of creation is worthy of respect. This, however, isn’t going to get many headlines. The Pope makes a clear plea for our taking responsibility to act in accordance with God’s direction in Genesis, to “’till and keep’” the garden of the world . . . cultivating, ploughing or working, while . . . caring, protecting, overseeing, and preserving.” Ignoring this responsibility has repercussions for our “common house,” and it also hurts our relationship with God and our neighbor, especially the poorest among us.

The Holy Father challenges us, as he has from the beginning of his pontificate, to grow in holiness. In reaffirming core Catholic moral teaching, based on the direct link between human and the rest of natural ecology, he goes on to offer us his prudential judgments for actions we might take individually, in families and communities, as well as by the Church and as nations, to be better stewards of God’s precious gift of creation.

Through circulating this letter to the world, the Holy Father gives us an opportunity to share what we, as Christ’s Church, believe about God, the human person, and all of creation. We should welcome this opportunity and engage our family, friends, and communities on these important matters.


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“Amazing Things Happening in Madison, Wisconsin”

22 August 2014

posted by Ben Yanke at the blog,
New Liturgical Movement

I try not to be focused too much on my own diocese and parish when I post on NLM, but this post, I’m going to depart from that. I firmly believe that my bishop, Bishop Robert Morlino, is one of the best in the country. As “exhibit A” of this statement, I want to tell you about the recent seminarian gathering that took place.

seminarians madisonOnce a year, the 35 or so seminarians of the diocese gather for over a week to spend time together socializing with each other and with the bishop, learning, and praying together, before heading their separate ways for school. One of the things that is always included is a celebration (or more) in the Extraordinary Form (EF), thanks to Bishop Morlino’s love of the old form, and desire to see it spread. Last year, the low Mass was followed by a talk by our Bishop to the seminarians, where he told them they would all learn the EF before being ordained,which is absolutely fantastic.

While I am not a seminarian myself, I am often around assisting in various capacities (last year, I was MC for this Mass, this year, I sang for the Mass). Yesterday, there was a Solemn Mass celebrated for them, and all the seminarians either served or sat in choir, which allowed them to experience this different, less common form of celebration. It was an absolutely beautiful experience seeing all of them worshiping God, and also being exposed to some of the rich liturgical traditions of our Catholic faith.

lowmassThe liturgical (and I dare say, pastoral) outlook of these wonderful men makes me thrilled for the future of the church and particularly the Diocese of Madison. I think I can safely say they are receiving some of the best formation in the country. I know in my diocese, knowing most of these awesome men personally, the Diocese of Madison will be a truly amazing place in 20 years when the are pastors, working for the salvation of souls and restoration of sanity and beauty in the liturgy. I hope and pray that more dioceses follow in our footsteps and help future priests learn an appreciation for both forms of the Roman Rite. In addition to that, he has frequently celebrated his public feast day Masses in the EF (for example, and another one), in an effort to expose more people to it as well. And currently, he has been celebrating a pontifical Mass at the throne multiple times a year, with hopes to continue the pattern.

And while I’m sure many of you who read NLM are people who love the EF, he has not neglected to being sanity and beauty to the ordinary form as well. The diocese has sponsored workshops on gregorian chant for musicians, strong homilies on the truths of the faith, beautiful examples of vestments even in the ordinary form both on special occasions and typical Sundays, and as someone who sees musicam saram as important, he very frequently chants his prayers and dialogs.

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benyanke-com-website-sidebarBen Yanke is a catholic college freshman who was homeschooled K-12, loves his big family, but most of all, HE’S CATHOLIC!

From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary was started as a place to post my thoughts on things I enjoy and care about, anything from the ordinary and mundane things of everyday life to the extraordinary exciting things. Some of my passions include cross country running, sacred music, the liturgy, web design, media production.

I am in residence in the Diocese of Madison, WI, under the care of the Extraordinary Ordinary™, Bishop Robert Morlino.

I am a board member for the Tridentine Mass Society of the Madison, and is also the director for their Schola Cantorum. If you are in the Madison area and interested in joining us or learning Gregorian chant, please contact me!

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His Excellency, Robert C. Morlino, speaks on Marriage

26 July 2014

Statement from Bishop Robert C. Morlino, regarding a federal judge’s ruling on marriage /Article XIII, Section 13 of Wisconsin’s Constitution:

His Excellency,  Robert C. Morlino Bishop of the Diocese of Madison WI

His Excellency,
Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of the Diocese of Madison WI

First, it bears repeating that, we must respect, love, and care for every individual we encounter, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they define themselves. This will never change. It is at the core of who we are as members of Christ’s Church. Christ, Himself, invites each individual to know and love Him and live a life in response to His love. His love and mercy can heal all divisions that separate us; however, we must acknowledge the divisions that exist — notably those we choose through our actions. All are invited to this love and these graces offered by Christ, through His Church. This applies to all who sincerely seek the Truth.

Marriage is, and can only ever be, a unique relationship solely between one man and one woman, regardless of the decision of a judge or any vote. This is not based on any private sectarian viewpoint, but on the natural moral law that is universally binding on all peoples, at all times, and inscribed into our human nature, as man and woman from the beginning of creation. It behooves us to safeguard the sacred ecology of all nature, especially of our human nature.

In striking down the constitutional amendment in our state which protects marriage, the court has, once again, shaken one of the most precious and essential building blocks of our civilization. There can be no question that the best formation for children is in the home of their biological mother and father, generally speaking, and we should always have a greater concern for future generations than we do for ourselves.

Marriage, between one man and one women with openness to children, is an element of the very first “domino” of civilization. The very nature of marriage naturally generates life. When that first “domino” falls, everything that is good, true, and beautiful, which is rooted on the natural family, is seriously threatened. If the “domino” of true marriage falls, then fall all subsequent “dominos.” This is demonstrated, too often, in a culture that increasingly chooses death over life.

And so, I cannot find myself otherwise than deeply saddened. We trust that every avenue of just recourse will be examined and pursued by competent authorities, including the state attorney general. The Diocese of Madison will participate in the way that seems most prudent. For my own part, I will continue to speak strongly about the truth and beauty of marriage and encourage my brother priests and deacons, and all the lay faithful, to do the same.

Let our fervent prayers not be lacking in the days ahead.

Wise Words from a True Shepherd: Bishop Robert C Morlino on Conscience

20 February 2014

Posted by His Excellency, Bishop Robert C.Morlino
at the Catholic Herald, the publication of the
Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin

Conscience must be a ‘Truth-seeking radar’

Bishop’s Column
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 — 12:00 AM

Dear Friends,

There is a great service to humanity that is being lost. It is being lost in society and it is being treated with kid gloves even in the Church. This service is to help another person form and follow their conscience.

So lost is this service that it is very quickly becoming illegal. I wish I were speaking in exaggerated hyperbole here, but sadly I am not. To help others form their conscience means to say that this or that is wrong. And to say certain things are wrong has become very dangerous and indeed — close to illegal in our country, and already illegal in Canada.

However, it is, always and everywhere, the right and responsibility of the Church, and of parents, and of good neighbors, to witness to the law of the Lord, to speak the Truth as it is written on our hearts, and to help others to form their conscience.

In fact there is little that is more important because, as we’ll see, it is the path by which we must follow to seek and to attain the blessedness in this life and in the life to come.

Misinterpretation of the teaching on conscience

In my opinion, the most destructive mistaken interpretation of the Second Vatican Council (one that we’ve lived with for 50 years) is the misinterpretation of the teaching on conscience. Certain forces in the Church took the occasion of the newly stated teaching on conscience, in the Declaration on Religious Liberty, to mislead people.

Now why they did that and what that’s all about is between them and the Lord . . . as the quote that has become so famous says, “Who am I to judge?” (which itself has been so outrageously misinterpreted by the mass media, and so-called Catholic elected officials).

But it was done; the Church’s teaching on conscience was misinterpreted, and the people were led astray on a very, very important matter — a matter that is destroying lives, leading to tremendous unhappiness, tremendous “un-blessedness.”

The current of philosophical thought that is at the root of all this confusion about conscience in the world and in the Church is that existence depends on the mind: “I think therefore I am.” Knowing, in fact, begins with reality, which exists and which is to be known by the knower.

The knower doesn’t make up what he or she claims to know; the knower needs to know reality. The knower needs to know the Truth, which is presented to the knower as a choice, as it said in the first reading of this past Sunday (Sir 15:15-20).

God presents what is good and bad to the knower, just as it says. And the knower, with his or her conscience, is to choose the good. The knower is not to choose what he or she would like; the knower is to choose the good.

And conscience is that truth-seeking radar that scans the horizon of reality, looking for Truth so that it can lock on to it, be changed by it, and be made heroic.

We recall the story that right in the beginning, in the Garden, God made it clear to Adam and Eve that they were not to eat from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That is, He made it clear to them that they were not the source of the truth about what is good and bad.

And they said, with some help from the serpent, “Oh, we’re big deals. We know what is good and evil just like God, so we’ll make the decision.

“We’ll decide whether what was presented to us as evil is, in fact, good.” And instead of a world where there is no pain, no suffering, no mourning, no death, Adam and Eve — so determined to be the source of the wisdom about good and evil — lost all of that for us.
God tells us what is good and evil

The law of the Lord is the Truth onto which our conscience locks like radar. He is telling us what is good and evil. “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!” We heard it in this past Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm (Ps. 119) “Blessed” — that is, deeply, deeply joyful — sharing in the joy of the Lord, “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord.”

Of course, nowadays this passage has been retranslated by many people, given their misunderstanding of conscience. It now reads, “‘Pre-Vatican II’ are they who follow the law of the Lord, because, didn’t you hear about Vatican II? It said that our conscience is now the only law. We can choose what is good and evil.” This is the misinterpretation that has been given.

We are duty-bound to follow our consciences, yes!

But what are our consciences? They are like truth-seeking radars that we tune up and keep calibrated to follow the law of the Lord.

In the Gospel of this past Sunday, Jesus said to us, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill (Mt 5:17).” He came to bring us back to a life of Grace, so that, living within His Church and in Him, we might once again have the rightly calibrated consciences to follow the law!

Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! The conscience is made for the truth of the law of the Lord. And as it says at the end of the first reading, “God doesn’t give permission to sin (Sir 15:20).” And so many people today treat conscience as a dispensation machine, which allows them to disobey the law of the Lord, because after all, it’s my conscience, and I’m a big deal, just like Adam and Eve thought they were.
We can’t do whatever we want to do

It’s going on millions of times every day. “I followed my conscience.” What people are saying is, “I am the source of the truth about what is good and bad . . . me, me, and more me.”

This is the way most people live, and this is why we must reclaim the great service of helping people form and follow their consciences. Until we get this straightened out, nothing else can get straightened out.

As long as people can do whatever they want in the name of the conscience, nothing else can get straightened out. It’s a change that must come from the heart of the Church, because it’s a problem that has gone right to the heart of the Church (even beyond the moral life, people followed their consciences into all of the liturgical abuses of the last 50 years).

People are following their consciences in every little thing, from cheating on tests or stealing a little time from their employers, to engaging in the direct killing of innocents in the name of choice or condoning or participating in acts which are contrary to the truth about marriage and about human sexuality.

It’s all in the name of conscience. It’s all about, “I am the source of the moral law for me, and you are the source of moral law for you.” That is, we have dethroned Almighty God from where He sits as the giver of the Law of the Lord.

We have thrown Him off His throne, and we have put ourselves there instead, in the name of conscience. This has to be made clear to people because the only way toward finding happiness in this life and in the next is not allowing our consciences to be the source of truth, but rather forming them into seekers of truth.

What does conscience actually do?

Now, what does conscience actually do? Jesus instructs us how He has come to fulfill the law, to take it a step further, by empowering our consciences to seek the Truth. In the old law, He remarked, “You have heard it said, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ but I tell you, you shouldn’t even give in to anger. You have heard that you shall not commit adultery, but I tell you, you should not even look lustfully at another.”

Why does Jesus say this? Conscience always calls an individual to what is greater, to what is heroic. That’s what it’s for.

When somebody says to me, “I followed my conscience,” I expect to hear a story of heroism. I expect to hear a story of ‘beyond the call of duty,’ and yet so often what I hear is that “my conscience dispensed me from doing the minimum.”

Conscience elevates! Conscience raises the bar — it does not lower it. To follow your conscience is a great thing, but it means you went beyond just following the law. You felt called by God toward the heroic, and God gave you the grace to respond, that’s what true following of conscience is.

It’s not a big get-out-of-jail-free card from obeying the moral law. Conscience locks on to the moral law, loves the moral law. “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord.” And conscience never says you can do less than follow the law.

As last Sunday’s first reading said, “God doesn’t make allowances for sin.” But conscience lifts one up to the heights of goodness and truth and virtue and beauty. Conscience is one of the greatest gifts that the Creator gave to each one of us. It’s a gift . . . it’s a creature. It doesn’t create moral truth. Conscience locks on to moral truth, and goes beyond it, so as to bring the law to perfection and to fulfillment.

So, let’s not back away from the duty of forming and following our own consciences by the grace which Jesus gives us through His Church and His new life — and let’s not back away from serving others by helping to teach them to form and follow their consciences. To speak the truth to another is not to judge them, it is to invite them to a life of blessedness.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. May God fill you and your loved ones with every grace and blessing! Praised be Jesus Christ!

bp_robert_morlino2His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino is the Fourth Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin.

Appointed Bishop of Madison, Wis.: May 23, 2003
Installed as Bishop of Madison, Wis.: August 1, 2003
Born:December 31, 1946, Scranton, Pa.


High School: Jesuit High School, Scranton, Pa.
College: Fordham University
Seminary for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus
University of Notre Dame
Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass.
Gregorian University, Rome


1969 – B.A., Fordham University, Philosophy
1970 – M.A., University of Notre Dame, Philosophy
1974 – M.A., Master of Divinity, Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass.
1990 – S.T.D., Gregorian University, Rome, Moral Theology

Ordained a priest: June 1, 1974, Loyola College Chapel, Baltimore, Md., for Society of Jesus, Maryland Province

Incardinated into the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Mich., October 26, 1983

Loyola College, Baltimore, Md., instructor of philosophy
St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, Pa., instructor of philosophy
Boston College, instructor of philosophy
University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College, South Bend, Ind., instructor of
Instructor in continuing education for priests, religious, and laity
Director of parish renewal programs
Diocese of Kalamazoo, Mich.: 1981-1983, Episcopal Vicar for Spiritual Development, Executive Assistant
and Theological Consultant to the Bishop; 1983, Moderator of the Curia; Promoter of Justice in Diocesan
St. Mary Parish, Niles, Mich.; St. Ann Parish, Gull Lake, Mich.; and St. Ambrose Parish, Delton, Mich.,
1990, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Mich., professor of moral theology
1991, St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, Mich., rector

Appointed Bishop of Helena, Mont., by Pope John Paul II July 6, 1999
Ordained a Bishop September 21, 1999 at Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena, Mont.
Appointed Bishop of Madison, Wis., May 23, 2003
Installed as Bishop of Madison, Wis., August 1, 2003


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Chairman, Bishops’ Committee on the Diaconate, 2001-2004
Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Issues and the Church, 2001-2004
Chairman, Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, 2005 to present

This column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison. Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop.

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


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.

BEST of the REST! Bishop Robert Morlino & Corpus Christi Procession Madison, WI

3 June 2013

3 June 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sofia Guerra

Okay, so I live in Madison, Wisconsin. The most PROGRESSIVE (not a good thing) city in the U.S. This is where the Progressive movement was born. Ok, so how do we get lemonade out of lemons?

Bishop Robert C Morlino adoring the Eucharist photo by Tom Reitz

One answer: His Excellency, Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, WI.

Let me tell you about yesterday’s Corpus Christi Procession with our Bishop through the downtown streets of Madison. This is the place which has invited the man who occupies the White House many many times because it is the official fan club of the first Progressive POTUS.

So now you got the scenario, correct?

It is home to the University of Wisconsin, one of the best schools in the country with thousands of students coming from around the country and the world to study and to question. Bishop Morlino spoke of this in his homily before Benediction on the steps of the state Capitol building.

Ok, so back to the story from the beginning…

Bishop Morlino had honored the Feast of Corpus Christi the last several years with a special procession in the downtown streets of Madison to honor the Blessed Sacrament publicly and to share this Mysterium Fidei with everyone. The Mystery of our Faith: Jesus Christ, physically present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity consecrated by the priest during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. the accidentals (bread and wine) become Him, truly Him. What a glorious gift we are given.

The day began at ten a.m. at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madison. Saint Patrick’s is part of the “Cathedral Parish”. The Cathedral Parish is made up of three parishes(St. Patrick’s, Holy Redeemer and St Raphael’s) which are home to the Bishop while Saint Raphael’s Cathedral is being rebuilt. (click HERE for the story of St Raphael’s and the origins of the Madison diocese.

The first hour at St. Patrick’s was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with a Sung Mass in the Ordinary Form (beautifully and reverently offered) with Bishop Morlino and then following with the beautiful street procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Just like days of old, when we were not afraid to show our faith.

The Procession continued from St Patrick’s towards downtown and was a beautiful sight to witness and even more beautiful to be a part of. How truly blessed I am. I was joined by the rest of the parish and by Sarah’s family (@CatholicTeen) who just came in the day before from NJ. They were wowed over Bishop Morlino, the Church and a “STREET PROCESSION” with the Blessed Sacrament. Truly, do you see how faithful Catholics really respond to a Bishop who has a backbone? Yup.

We processed through the streets of downtown not alone however. We were accompanied by THOUSANDS of bicycle enthusiasts. the city of Madison’s event,”Ride the Drive” an event for bicycling enthusiasts. Invited to downtown Madison for the day are people from all over to spend the day cycling, enjoying music and good eats. Actually it’s a family event also and is a great thing.

On the day of the Procession, however, it could have been a problem. Streets closed all over to accommodate the riders which left getting to the church a logistical nightmare but with the help of the wonderful men and women of the Madison Police Force who worked hard to accommodate ALL of us. What a job done by law enforcement! Again, we were truly blessed.

As we walked and sung the beautiful Eucharistic Hymns in a beautiful detailed Mass and Hymn booklet with traditional art included, we had many riders staring and gaping at us going by. It wasn’t rude, it was truly a shocked and surprised secular public stunned by the most beautiful display of faith and religion ever seen in downtown Madison.

Many riders stopped and bowed their heads. Many people on the sidewalks took photos and videos.Tom Reitz who volunteers his professional and gifted skills as a photographer for the Cathedral Parish made sure he got photos of all of it. He was the one that pointed out to me all the details surrounding the procession which I wasn’t fully aware of because while I was singing and praying, he was documenting the incredible display of Faith and how it was affecting those there for other reasons. We met Tom personally after the Benediction ended. it was quite clear at that point why I needed to be at this sacred day. More about that in a bit.

We continued along the streets, side by side with bicycle rider after rider a strange and amazing sight to those coming upon it, I am sure. We went to make our first turn around to the Capitol Building when we heard very cool music

Ross and Andrew, two of the members of Amberstein

from a bandstand right along our path. When it came time to process in front of the bandstand the musicians, Ross Machurick, Jake Warne and Andrew Farrar who make up the band known as Amberstein stopped playing, stood respectfully with a look of kindness and appreciation on their faces. They were not impatient, speaking and making jokes about the interruption. They stood there eyes slightly down, serenity on their faces and I knew Christ had touched their hearts. They were gentlemen, without a doubt. On the way back when all was over we went to thank them and they couldn’t have been more kind and funny. Truly an experience we shall never forget. Thank you guys! If you need a great local band in the WI or Upper Midwest area, @Amberstein is it… Please click on the hyper-links for both FB and Twitter accts with more info on the band.

As we finished our procession to the Capitol steps, we had only two short incidents of those who truly need the love of Christ in their lives and those in the procession didn’t get upset, they just kept singing and smiling letting them know that Christ’s gift of the Eucharist would give life to those who least would expect it.

We then ascended the steps to the state Capitol ( i know you agree from the photos) a magnificent building. On the top level right before the doors to inside was a simple altar erected for Benediction with beautiful flowers and a base for the monstrance. All the work was done by a local family in love with Jesus in the Eucharist. Thank you for your service.

The Benediction was, as usual, a true sacred and timeless liturgical practice which was awe-inspiring. Nothing makes the heart beat faster than seeing Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at the halls of men and their laws and politics knowing He is the King of Kings. Many who witnessed this really understood it. Even those not part of the procession.

I was blessed to have been up on the level just 20 feet away from the Blessed Sacrament and Bishop Morlino. Being so close to Our Lord in such a setting, there are no words, only gratitude and love in my heart. Bishop Morlino brought it home with his sermon. It summed up what I think all of us were feeling.

Bishop Morlino spoke of all those in Madison who come looking for Truth. Those here to be part of a vibrant Diocese but he emphasized those who come looking for Truth in a different way. He spoke of how the procession was not about showing off or attracting attention. He said that we were bringing the gift of love to share with all those there yesterday. To share the gift of Love to those still seeking for the Truth, the Truth which can only satisfy our souls.

Bishop Morlino Photo by Tom Reitz

Immediately after Benediction was over and all was done, all those with the Bishop scurried around getting things together and His Excellency walked by himself coming directly towards us. It was myself and Sarah’s brother Christian (another intern at Always Catholic) by ourselves with only a family with children far behind us. Bishop Morlino came up to us immediately and greeted us lovingly. His smile reminds me of your favorite Italian uncle who loves you for just being you. He is the one who keeps the family smiling through the darkest of days.

I felt welcomed to the Diocese as I was special and unique. that is how he made us feel. I will continue to pray for him and his work as Our Lord has given us a teacher and a family member. We are so joyfully spoiled here in Madison as we have been given the best shepherd in the field. These lambs here have a shepherd willing to lay his life down for even the most insignificant of us lambs.

God love you Robert Morlino, my loving Bishop. You have made me proud and unafraid to witness in the public square. You have taught me it is about sharing the Love. I will share Him with everyone I meet.

After meeting His Excellency, I had the additional privilege of meeting Tom Reitz who I had mentioned earlier was photographing all for the Cathedral Parish. I believe that Our Lord brought me to the Procession for many reasons and one of them was to meet Tom. Tom is young, looks totally hip to the standards of today’s world and has the soul of a gentle and ardent Catholic who loves Our Lord and respects and loves his Bishop. Tom is the answer to so much of my sadness lately. I have been struggling in recent weeks with spiritual dryness and and I felt as if the world was making headway with it’s anti–God agenda.

Tom Reitz - Photographer for the Cathedral Parish, Madison WI and Web Developer

Nope. Tom Reitz reminded me of why I have never lost hope, really. I just kind of forgot about it, I guess. It has been the young priests, nuns, families with lots of children and the single young men and women who love Christ and His Church and are not afraid to be orthodox, true Catholics. They are not afraid to support the Holy Father and their Bishops. they are not afraid to make the Faith and the Church prominent in their lives. These are the young people who are truly saving the Church from society. They are guardians of the Faith and Truth. They are our future. They are in love with being Catholic. Let us emulate them. sometimes we think because we have been there we already know. sometimes they see things we are too set in our ways to see.

Let us do this together. We start diocese by diocese walking tall and loving to be Catholic, hand in hand, old with young, all vocations together. We bring the greatest gift Bishop Morlino told us to bring…the gift of Love, the gift of Christ in the Eucharist. We bring HIM to them. It’s time to stand up and be Catholic, truly Catholic.


I invite those who love Christ and those who do not know Christ and His Church to find out about Bishop Morlino. You can click HERE for the Madison Diocese online. He has a FB page HERE and a Twitter account HERE.

You may find Tom Reitz on FB by clicking HERE. You may also see his photos of all things Catholic by clicking on his FB page. Tom is also on Twitter and you can find him by clicking HERE Toms’s mother, Syte Reitz has an outstanding blog. Please check her out at “SyteReitz:The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world…” and on Twitter by clicking HERE.

Thank you to our family for taking all the other photos included in this post. Our gratitude goes to Sarah’s Dad, Michael Campbell and her brothers Michael Jr. and Christian.

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