|H. E. Bishop Robert C. Morlino, 4th Bishop of Madison|
His Excellency, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin died last night, on the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, after a brief illness.
Bishop Morlino was a loyal son of the Church and faithful bishop. He ran the race, he fought the good fight, he remained loyal to Our Lord Jesus Christ, he cared for his beloved sheep.
May he now be rewarded for his faithful, and humble service to Christ. Please do not forget to pray for his parents, Charles and Albertina, who raised their son in the Faith, so that young Robert would hear God's call to the priesthood and episcopate.
"As Bishop of Madison, Bishop Morlino’s three expressed priorities were: to increase the number and quality of the men ordained to the diocesan priesthood; to instill a greater sense of reverence throughout the entire diocese, especially through our worship of God, celebrated in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and to challenge Catholic institutions in the diocese to live out their professed faith in Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, through their ministry in the secular community.
All objective indicators point to the fact that Bishop Morlino accomplished what he set out to do in the diocese, by the way of fostering greater priestly vocations (he ordained 40 men to the priesthood, with another 24 presently in formation), bringing a greater sense of reverent worship to the entire diocese, and he made significant inroads toward encouraging the Catholic institutions in his care to live out their mission with greater fidelity, during his fifteen-plus years as Bishop of Madison. We pray this continues".
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
O God, who chose your servant Bishop Robert
from among your Priests,
and endowed him with pontifical dignity
in the apostolic priesthood,
grant, we pray,that he may also be admitted to their company for ever.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. AMEN