Every year I look forward to being present to distribute the Leading With Faith awards, sponsored by our own Catholic Spirit. The ceremony will take place this Thursday, Aug. 14, at St. Catherine University.
Cada año estoy deseando estar presente en la entrega de los premios Liderando con Fe, patrocinados por nuestro propio periódico “El Espíritu Católico”. La ceremonia se llevará a cabo este jueves, 14 de agosto de 2014, en la Universidad de St. Catherine. Hay tres categorías de premios: para aquellos que poseen o administran grandes empresas, para los que manejan pequeñas empresas y para los que manejan empresas sin fines de lucro. Los distinguidos galardonados de este año figuran en la edición de hoy del Espíritu Católico. Les invito a leer los detalles de cada una de estas personas tan dedicadas. Verdaderamente, este es un impresionante grupo de individuos que claramente están poniendo su fe católica en acción. Les ofrezco mis más sinceras felicitaciones por haber recibido este premio y les agradezco por su excepcional testimonio público de nuestra fe católica.
He reconocido mi responsabilidad en la actual crisis que enfrentamos, y también asumo la responsabilidad para conducir a nuestra arquidiócesis a un día nuevo y mejor.
Every summer, the Archdiocese, through its Office of Parish Services, sponsors a celebration entitled “Rural Life Sunday.” The celebration generally takes place on a farm in one of our many rural parishes spread throughout the 12 counties that comprise our local Church. This year’s event was hosted by the parish of Immaculate Conception in Watertown on Sunday, June 22.
At the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ General Assembly last month, it was announced that a new Catholic insurance program entitled “Catholic Benefits Association” has been established to provide employees of our non-exempt affiliates, like Catholic Charities, Catholic nursing homes, separately incorporated high schools, and the like, with health care benefits while not violating Catholic moral values.
The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which we will celebrate this year on Friday, June 27, has its theological origin in sacred Scriptures, not the least of its passages being the powerful scene in the Gospel of St. John, wherein water and blood flow from the pierced heart of Christ (John 19:34). Many of the early Church Fathers spoke powerfully about this vision and its deep ecclesial, eschatological and spiritual meaning.
While most of us were off enjoying a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, made a whirlwind apostolic visit to the Holy Land.
“In the blessed encounter between Mary and Elizabeth, we discover the role of the Blessed Virgin as bearing Christ to the world. But as baptized believers, we, too, share in that noble vocation, and we, too, are bound to bringing Christ to others, giving birth to him by lives of compassion, service, and witness.”
A good deal of media attention was given last week to the deposition I made on April 2 and which was publicly released on Tuesday, April 22. For four hours, seven minutes and 15 seconds, I was questioned on a whole host of matters relating to clerical misbehavior from 1970 to the present.
Pope Francis will give the universal Church a great Easter gift in the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. I hope to be present in the Piazza San Pietro on that historic occasion. I have been told that for the first time ever, any and every bishop present is invited to concelebrate the Mass.