The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by St. Katharine Drexel, announced that it will sell its historic motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The 44-acre property also contains the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and her tomb.
As firefighters fought to save Fort McMurray from a wildfire that threatened to destroy the northern Alberta city, a bishop gave thanks that there had been no loss of life.
The Catholic Church is not a fancy medical clinic for the rich, but a “field hospital” that — often literally — provides the only medical care some people will ever receive, Pope Francis said.
Despite predictions that Christianity could be wiped out of his war-torn homeland within five years, an Iraqi Catholic cleric said he believes in God’s ultimate preservation.
The Legion of Mary in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis draws lay Catholics from 8- to 90-year-olds to grow in holiness through prayer and work for parishes and other organizations with the goal of reaching souls for Christ. Local Legion leaders seek to recruit new members and introduce younger generations to what they say is a way to sainthood, working in union with Mary under the Holy Spirit’s influence.
“It’s my dream job,” Roloff said. “It’s a chance to continue my work I was doing at the YWCA, and hopefully my whole life, of advocating for women in education. Here [at the YWCA] it was early childhood and girls and youth, and now I get to tell the story at the other end of the pipeline of education for women within the liberal arts and the Catholic tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph.”
“I think maybe I had been distracted for a bit, and thinking I could do all these other things to better the world, and was losing sight of the great work a priest can do,” Archbishop Hebda said of his college years. “When I started going to daily Mass, that renewed my interest in serving as a priest.”
Among the first official acts Archbishop-designate Bernard Hebda will perform following his installation as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis May 13 will be ordaining nine transitional deacons 10 a.m. May 14 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
One year after the opening of a $40 million drive to expand the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul, $31.2 million has been raised to provide a meal, a place to sleep and a way forward for those who are homeless.
The Eternal Word Television Network has asked for a rehearing of its case by the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in its case regarding the federal Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate.
As Europe faces an unprecedented influx of immigrants and refugees while struggling to counter continued economic woes, Pope Francis urged the continent to step up to its responsibilities with renewed hope, not cower behind walls and treaties.