-- Posted: 5/23/2003, 4:10 p.m. Central Time
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Bishop Morlino named Bishop of Madison
Robert C. Morlino
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The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has named the Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino Bishop of the Diocese of Madison.
Bishop Morlino, 56, becomes the fourth bishop of Madison, succeeding Bishop William H. Bullock, who has served as Bishop of the Diocese of Madison since 1993. Bishop Bullock submitted his resignation at age 75 in accord with Canon Law on April 13, 2002.
Bishop Banks comments
Bishop Robert J. Banks issued the following statement regarding the new bishop of the Diocese of Madison:
"Bishop Robert Morlino is a fine man. The people of Madison will be delighted to have him even though they will miss Bishop Bullock."
Bishop Morlino has served the past four years as Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, a diocese covering the western and north central third of the state of Montana. The diocese, established in 1884, covers 52,000 square miles and has a total population of over 425,000, including over 67,000 Catholics. The diocese has 58 parishes and 39 missions. St. Helena Cathedral, in the city of Helena, is a state monument and arguably one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the United States.
Robert C. Morlino was born December 31, 1946, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. An only child, his father died while he was in high school, his mother 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 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 currently serves as chairman of two committees within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - the Bishops' Committee on the Diaconate, which deals with matters concerning the ministry of permanent deacons in the Church in the United States, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Issues and the Church, which assists the bishops in responding to moral and theological questions surrounding specific health care situations in their dioceses.
Bishop Morlino was "surprised and stunned" by the appointment, saying to those in the Diocese of Helena, "There is a great deal of sadness in my heart at the thought of leaving people whom I love. Make no mistake, I will miss all of you and you will always have a special place in my love, in my heart, and in my prayers."
Seeing this new phase of his life as the unfolding "mysterious plan" of God, he said, "This moment, like every moment, forcefully calls us to renew our faith in Divine Providence. I go forth again in the unknown, but I will go forth confident in the strength of the Lord, and therefore with joy, because the Joy of the Lord must always be our strength."
"I do look forward to living out in the Diocese of Madison that special bond with priests, deacons, religious sisters, and God's faithful people which is the Lord's generous gift to the Bishop," he said.