Rest in Peace, Bishop Morlino

Today I had the honor of attending the funeral of Bishop Robert Morlino, the fourth bishop of Madison. Bishop Morlino died on November 24th, 2018, following a cardiac event during planned medical testing. He was 71 years old.

Bishop Morlino became bishop of Madison in 2003, when I was just 16 years old. I first got to know him when I traveled the diocese recording his homilies for radio. Later, when my brother was briefly a seminarian for the diocese, he became a family friend. More recently, he attended my wedding and reception in 2015.

Despite any faults, Bishop Morlino was a teacher of truth and a kind-hearted man. He was my bishop, my pastor, my role-model, and my friend. I will miss him. Rest in peace, Bishop!

This article was updated on December 4, 2018