Madison, Wis., Nov 25, 2018 / 08:23 am
Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison died the evening of Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Mary Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, the diocese has announced. He was 71.
On Friday, the Diocese of Madison issued a statement saying that Morlino had suffered a "cardiac event" while undergoing scheduled medical tests on Wednesday. At the time, he was initially reported to be "resting." On Saturday, Vicar General, Msgr. James Bartylla released an urgent prayer request saying that things had taken a turn and "it is likely that our hope lays in a miracle at this point."
Six hours after the Diocese of Madison published Bartylla's prayer request, the diocesan Facebook page posted that Morlino had died.
"The all-night prayer vigil for Bishop Robert Morlino, at Holy Name Heights (702 S. High Point Rd, Madison) continues, now for the repose of his soul, ending with benediction and Sunday morning Mass, said for his intention, at 8:00 AM," said the diocese on Facebook.