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Catholics at the Capitol: Catholics invited to Madison to learn more about legislative process in Wisconsin

A press release from the Green Bay Diocese website:

GREEN BAY, Wis. (March 16, 2011) -- Catholics are invited to learn more about the legislative process, Catholic social teaching and being effective advocates at the biennial Catholics at the Capitol from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Theme this year is: "Living Faith in the Public Square."

The day will focus on how Catholic teaching enhances public policy debates. Experts from around the state will lead breakout sessions on issues such as state budgeting, promoting life, food policy and production, human trafficking, health care reform, immigration, parental choice in education, and more.

Milwaukee archbishop to speak
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will give the keynote address on how faith and religious perspectives elevate public policy debate. A panel of bishops and lay faithful will discuss witnessing to hope during uncertain times at the afternoon general session.

"Catholics at the Capitol gives Catholics a unique opportunity to actively engage their elected officials and see firsthand the affect their advocacy has on policy makers," said John Huebscher, WCC Executive Director. "Catholics come together to pray, learn about key policy issues, and make personal contact with public officials and staff."

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., and the day’s events start with a prayer service at 9:15 a.m. After the afternoon general session adjourns at 3:30 p.m., participants are encouraged to walk to the State Capitol to meet with their legislators and staff.

Cost, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, is $37 for advanced registration or $40 at the door and $12 for students in high school and college. Deadline for registration is March 21.

More information
For more information go to http://www.wisconsincatholic.org/catholics_at_the_capitol.cfm or contact Mark Mogilka at mmogilka@gbdioc.org

Who we are
The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 345,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

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