BREAKING: Diocese of Madison confirms Bishop Robert Morlino has died

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UPDATE (WKOW) — The Diocese of Madison announced on Facebook Saturday evening Bishop Robert Morlino died around 9:15 that night at St. Mary’s Hospital. Morlino was 71.

The diocese sent out another post Saturday evening asking for prayers for the bishop after he suffered what they called a “cardiac event” the day before Thanksgiving. A spokesman from the diocese said they were praying for a miracle.

As of Saturday evening, funeral plans are pending.


MADISON (WKOW) — The Diocese of Madison is requesting prayers after Bishop Robert Morlino suffered a “cardiac event” the day before Thanksgiving. A spokesman for the diocese says they are praying for a miracle after things have turned for the worst.

In a post on Bishop Morlino’s Facebook page, Spokesman Brent King wrote, “I would ask that in addition to prayers for a miracle, you also pray that if and when the time comes, the Bishop would be given the grace of a happy death and may look soon upon the face of our God, The Vision which shall not disappoint.”

Morlino was undergoing planned medical tests and suffered a “cardiac event” on Wednesday, according to a post on the Diocese of Madison’s Facebook page on Friday.

The statement noted Morlino was in the right place at the right time, with medical professionals by his side.

Then, on Saturday, a statement on Bishop Morlino’s Facebook page noted, “yesterday morning held a number of good reasons for hope for the recovery of the bishop.” It went on to say, “today has been filled with a number of disappointments in that regard. Unfortunately, matters have continued to turn for the worst and it is likely that our hope lays in a miracle at this point.”

The diocese will hold an all-night prayer vigil of Adoration for Bishop Morlino. It will be held at Holy Name Heights on South High Point Road. It started at 6 p.m. on Saturday night and will last until Sunday morning Mass at 8 a.m.

Morlino has been the bishop of the Diocese of Madison since 2003.

Hunter Sáenz

Hunter Sáenz

Reporter, WKOW

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