The funeral for Bp. Morlino will be on 4 December. He will be buried immediately after the funeral in Madison’s Resurrection cemetery.
It was Bp. Morlino’s desire to provide the city and diocese with a new Cathedral church once again, which would have a crypt chapel for their bishops.
The old cathedral burned down, due to arson, over a decade ago and has not been replaced. Some of the larger parish churches have served in the interim for large events such as ordinations.
Frankly, it tugged my heart that the bishop had no cathedra in a cathedral. For this reason, the TMSM, which I guide, caused their to be built in the chapel of the former seminary a substantial, but still temporary throne.
To give you a sense of the sort of bishop he was, he shelved plans for a new cathedral in order to raise money for a foundation that would pay for formation for seminarians for the priesthood. When he took over the diocese, there were about 6 seminarians – total – and that was what was budgeted. However, under Bp. Morlino vocations soared to a high of some 34, and 24 now. As you can imagine, a budget for 6 was not adequate. He shelved his cathedral to build a “priests for the future” campaign. It was quite successful. He left that aspect in good shape. He also ordained 40 men for the diocese in his time.
The cathedral was next.
A cathedral, with a crypt, was a great wish of his. It really must be carried forward now. Of course nothing can be done until adequate money is raised to start the project.
There is a Bishop Robert C. Morlino Memorial Fund, which aims at building the new cathedral and that crypt chapel.
Will you be generous?
Send snail mail and checks made out to
Bishop Robert C. Morlino Memorial Fund
c/o The Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation, Inc.
702 S. High Point Road, Suite 223
Madison, WI 53719