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October 11, 2016
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Last Friday on October 7 at St. Veronica Parish, Milwaukee, approximately 700 faithful of the archdiocese and I celebrated the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Many attribute the success of the naval Battle of Lepanto to the praying of the rosary by the faithful for the victory of their outnumbered fleet. Pope Pius V, acknowledging the power of prayer, would dedicate a feast in honor of “Our Lady of Victory,” and it would be St. John XXIII who would change the title to, “Our Lady of the Rosary.”
 
There was an entrustment service at our celebration. We placed ourselves into the hands of the Blessed Mother, praying that she would protect life from the moment of conception to natural death, strengthen marriage and family life and grant us protection from the increasing violence plaguing our communities.
 
Over the next month, all of the dioceses in Wisconsin (Green Bay, Madison, La Crosse and Superior) will entrust themselves to the care of the Blessed Mother. For many of us, these are troubling times. There is little doubt that many turn to mother for consolation.
 
Jesus entrusted His mother to St. John, the beloved Apostle. He was not only providing care for His mom, but Jesus was also entrusting His mother to us. He knew that we, the children of the Church, would need the example and support of the Blessed Mother. It was Mary who declared her unconditional obedience to the request of God to be the mother of the Savior. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
 
Mary is a model for us in our relationship with Jesus. Same as when she told the servants at the Wedding Feast of Cana, “Do whatever He tells you,” we, too, must follow. After we finished offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Jesus in our hearts, we called out to His mother.
 
Of course, the prayer which pulls us into the mysteries of her Son is the rosary. The pledge to pray the rosary daily gives us the courage to fight the battles that the world and the devil place before us. We do so with a confidence that Mary, through her Son, will bring a sense of peace to our troubled times.
 
The Rosary Evangelization Apostolate (Dick and Terri Boldin) has been promoting devotion to our Lady though the rosary for over a decade. They have distributed over a million bumper stickers which declare, “Help America Pray the Rosary.” As we entrust our archdiocese and the dioceses of Wisconsin to the Mother of Our Lord and our mother, we pray the rosary to help ourselves, help our Church and help America to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
 
Transformed by the Spirit,
 
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee

Grab Your Shoes and Join Us This Saturday!
This Saturday, October 15, thousands of walkers from all over the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will lace up their shoes and walk in the fourth annual Soles for Catholic Education Walk, to celebrate Catholic schools and raise money for tuition assistance. For more information or to pledge, click here. Remember, pledge dollars raised by walkers stay with their schools to support tuition assistance!
 
“Concluding the Year of Mercy Behind Bars,” Nov. 10-11, 2016
Are you called to prison ministry? The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is partnering with Dismas Ministry to host the National Catholic Prison Ministry Conference on November 10-11, 2016, at the Cousins Center, St. Francis.
 
The event will focus on issues including re-entry, restorative justice, pastoral care, juvenile outreach, solitary confinement, immigration detention and more. Visit www.dismasministry.org for keynote speakers and registration.

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