Diocese of Madison announces new bishop

Diocese of Madison announces new bishop

The Diocese of Madison has announced its new bishop.

Bishop Donald Hying will be celebrating noon mass on Thursday at Holy Name Heights today, according to a tweet by the diocese.

Hying currently serves as the Bishop of Gary, Indiana. He was born in West Allis, Wisconsin and is the youngest of six sons, according to the Diocese of Madison Catholic Herald.

The @MadisonDiocese has announced its new bishop. You can meet Bishop Donald Hying today at the noon mass at Holy Name Heights today. pic.twitter.com/aUU8Jrxcpc

— Stephanie Fryer (@stephfryermedia) April 25, 2019

According to a release from the Diocese, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fr. Donald Hying the Titular Bishop of Regiae and the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He was consecrated a bishop in July 2011.

Hying said he is wants to visit every parish in the diocese in 2019.

“I expect to put a lot miles on my car just in the first year to get to know people,” Hying said.

He said he wants to lead with a mission style and reach out to people rather than waiting for people to come to the church. It’s a similair approach he said he took in Gary.

“There’s tremendous economic and racial disparity in Gary and I always felt that’s exactly where the church needs to be.”

He will replace Madison Bishop Robert C. Morlino, who died in November 2018 after having an apparent heart attack during a medical procedure. Morlino was installed as the fourth bishop of Madision in August of 2003. He gained a national reputation for his strong opposition to abortion and same-sex unions.

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