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Annual Catholic Relief Services Collection to Be Held on March 11; Collection Supports International Relief and Solidarity Efforts
Posted on 02/28/2018 08:17 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—The annual Catholic Relief Services Collection will be held in many dioceses across the country on Laetare Sunday, March 11.
The Catholic Relief Services Collection supports Catholic organizations that carry out international relief and solidarity efforts. Programs include relief and resettlement for victims of persecution, war, and natural disasters; development projects to improve living conditions for the poor; legal and support services for poor immigrants; peace and reconciliation work for people suffering from violence; and advocacy on behalf of the powerless.
"Christ is standing at the door of our hearts, knocking, seeking relief from pain and suffering around the world. He comes to us bearing the disguise of vulnerable immigrants and refugees, the poor and marginalized, the sick and lonely. The Catholic Relief Services Collection is an opportunity to respond and comfort Christ as we see him in our brothers and sisters," said Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on National Collections. "This collection represents our community of faith at work in the world, saving souls and improving lives."
Entities within the USCCB that receive support include the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, the Department of Justice Peace and Human Development, and the Department of Migration and Refugee Services. Other Catholic organizations that receive funds are Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the Holy Father's Relief Fund. The USCCB Administrative Committee is responsible for grant-making from this national collection.
Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, The Catholic Relief Services Collection, Laetare Sunday, Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, National Collections, Migration and Refugee Services, Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Department of Justice Peace and Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Holy Father's Relief Fund, immigration, international relief, U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops, stewardship
Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas; Names Bishop George Thomas as Successor
Posted on 02/28/2018 01:00 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph A. Pepe, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada, and has named Bishop George L. Thomas as his successor, up until now the Bishop of Helena, Montana.
The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, February 28, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop George Thomas was born on May 19, 1950 in Anaconda, Montana. He received his B.A. degree in literature from Carroll College in 1972 and entered St. Thomas Seminary, in Bothell, Washington, as a student for the Archdiocese of Seattle, where he earned a master of divinity degree. In 1981, he entered graduate school at the University of Washington where he earned a master's degree in counseling and community mental health (1983). In 1986 he earned a doctor of philosophy degree with an area of specialty in Pacific Northwest mission history.
He was ordained to the priesthood May 22, 1976, at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. Parish assignments included: associate pastor at Holy Family Parish, Kirkland, and St. James Cathedral in Seattle; parish administrator at Sacred Heart Parish in Bellevue, and at Holy Innocents Mission in Duvall; Catholic chaplain to the King County Jail and Seattle City Jail for 12 years; chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Community Services for 10 years; and chaplain to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Seattle.
In 1987, he was appointed chancellor and vicar general, positions he held for 17 years. Following the death of Archbishop Thomas Murphy in 1997, Father Thomas was elected administrator for the Archdiocese of Seattle until the appointment of Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett, who re-appointed Father Thomas as vicar general.
George Thomas was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle by Pope John Paul II on Nov. 19, 1999 and was ordained Bishop on Jan. 28, 2000. He continued his service as Vicar General and as chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Community Services and the Archdiocesan Housing Authority. On March 23, 2004, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, and was installed at the Cathedral of St. Helena on June 4, 2004.
Joseph Anthony Pepe was born in Philadelphia on June 18, 1942. In 1960, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and received his Doctorate in Canon Law from Rome's Pontifical University of Saint Thomas in 1976.
He was ordained a priest on May 16, 1970. Assignments after ordination included: Assistant Pastor at Our Lady of Loreta Parish; faculty member at Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield; Defender of the Bond, Metropolitan Tribunal, Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1976, and Prosynodal Judge in 1977; ten years later, he was appointed Vice Chancellor and in 1990 was named Chancellor of the Archdiocese. During his tenure in the Chancery, he served as Vice Promoter for the Cause of Blessed Katharine Drexel. From 1982 through 1987, Father Pepe was a member of the faculty of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he taught Canon law.
In May 1991, Monsignor Pepe was named Honorary Prelate of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. Upon special request of the Archbishop of Santa Fe, Monsignor Pepe went to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1993 to assist as Judicial Vicar. In 1998, he was appointed Chancellor, Moderator of the Curia, and Vicar for Priests for the Archdiocese.
He was named by Pope John Paul II as the second bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas on April 6, 2001 and was ordained and installed on May 31, 2001.
Bishop Pepe is a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Hispanic Affairs. In addition, Bishop Pepe also serves on the following boards and committees: Board of Trustees for The Catholic University of America; member of the University's Student Life Committee; board member of the International Dominican Foundation and Sanctuary of Culture Foundation; member of the Executive Committee of the Papal Foundation; member of Advisors for the Cause for the Beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen; and member of the Advisory Board for Priests for Life.
The Diocese of Las Vegas is comprised of 39,683 square miles in the state of Nevada and has a total population of 1.95 million of which 643,900 or 32 percent, are Catholic.
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Bishop Joseph A. Pepe, Bishop George L. Thomas, Diocese of Las Vegas, Diocese of Helena
U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Urges Immediate “Humane Solution” for Dreamers after Monday’s Supreme Court Decision
Posted on 02/27/2018 07:03 AM (USCCB News Releases)
February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the government's request to hear
its "appeal before judgment" on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival
(DACA) cases. Accordingly, the lower court injunctions in the California and
New York, DACA cases remain in effect nationally and DACA renewals remain
available to those who currently have DACA status.
response to the Supreme Court decision, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin,
Chairman of the Committee on Migration, stated:
Supreme Court decision does not reduce the urgency of finding an immediate
legislative solution for Dreamers, people who were brought to the United States
as children and have known only our country as their home. The anxiety and
uncertainty that Dreamers and their families face remain unabated. Monday was our
National Call-in Day for Dreamers, when thousands of Catholics urged their
leaders in Congress to protect Dreamers. These faithful took action because
they recognize that protecting these young people from deportation is an issue
of human life and dignity, and that a legislative solution is necessary to make
that protection durable. My brother Bishops and I continue to call upon
Congress to work towards a bipartisan and humane solution as soon as possible."
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Committee on Migration, U. S. Supreme Court, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), DACA renewals, legislative solution, Dreamers, National Call-in-Day, Congress, deportation, human life, dignity, humane solution
Posted on 02/23/2018 05:17 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with USCCB vice-president, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, chairman, USCCB Committee on Migration, have issued a call to U.S. Catholics and people of good will across the nation to take part in a "Call-in-Day" on February 26 for the Protection of Dreamers.
With the March 5th deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.
Therefore, the bishops are asking individuals to contact their Members of Congress to urge them to:
- Protect Dreamers from deportation
- To provide them a path to
- And, to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process
To take part in the Call-In-Day to Protect Dreamers, please contact your Members of Congress by calling 855-589-5698 and visiting https://justiceforimmigrants.org/what-we-are-working-on/immigration/daca-resource-page/ (English and Spanish downloads are available).
For more information on how you can further support Dreamers, please visithttps://justiceforimmigrants.org/ and https://www.sharejourney.org/.
Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, USCCB Committee on Migration, Dreamers, National Call-In Day, U.S. Congress, protection, path to citizenship, families, unaccompanied minors, deportation, immigrants, action
U.S. Catholic Bishops Chairman of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Offers Condolences on the Death of the Rev. Billy Graham
Posted on 02/21/2018 10:02 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—His Excellency, Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has issued the following statement on receiving the news of the Rev. Billy Graham's death:
"Headlines today will describe Billy Graham as the preacher to millions and the advisor of presidents but first and foremost, he was a man of deep Christian faith. Committed to the Gospel, his personal witness and preaching of Jesus Christ touched the hearts of Americans spanning many generations.
In a particular way, Catholics feel the loss of one of the greatest pastors of our time. His ecumenical approach in ministry helped to forge bonds of friendship and understanding between Catholics and Protestants. He reminded us that what we had in common in Christ was greater than what divided us.
We pray for God to comfort his family and we join Christians throughout the nation and the world who pray today with blessed assurance, 'Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your master!'" (Matt 25:23)
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joseph Bambera, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Rev. Billy Graham, prayers, condolences
Posted on 02/21/2018 06:54 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—His Eminence, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement on receiving the news of the Rev. Billy Graham's death:
"Today, we pray for the soul of the
Rev. Billy Graham to the Lord he so dearly loved and offer our condolences to
his family. Billy Graham was a preacher of God's Word not only in his sermons,
but also in the very life he lived. His faith and integrity invited
countless thousands around the world into a closer relationship with our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God for the ministry of Billy
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, The Rev. Billy Graham, prayers, condolences
Pope Francis Names Auxiliary Bishop of the Military Services as Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre
Posted on 02/20/2018 01:00 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has transferred Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Coyle of the Archdiocese for the Military Services to the office of auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
The appointment was publicized in Washington on February 20, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop Coyle was born on September 23, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York. He received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Fordham University in 1986, and he attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York, earning a master of divinity degree and master of arts degree in theology in 1991.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on May 25, 1991, by Bishop John R. McGann at St. Agnes Cathedral.
Bishop Coyle was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy on June 3, 1988 and served 24.5 years on Active and Reserve Duty before his retirement from the Naval Reserve on January 1, 2013. As a Navy Reserve Chaplain, Fr. Coyle served as Associate Pastor at St. Dominic Church in Oyster Bay, NY (1991-1996) and St. Patrick's Church in Glen Cove, NY (1996-1999). He served as a Navy Reserve Chaplain from 1991-1999, and on Active Duty from 1999-2009. He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa, Japan, from 1999-2000, during which time he was promoted to Lieutenant. He deployed to the Middle East (2000-2001) and served in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2002-2003). In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Commander, U.S. Navy. From 2007 to 2009, he served on the USS Dwight D. EISENHOWER (CVN69) Aircraft Carrier and deployed to the Middle East in 2009 for Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2008, he was named by Pope Benedict XVI a Chaplain to His Holiness, a recognition that carried the honorary title of Monsignor.
On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Coyle auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. His episcopal ordination took place in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, DC, on the Feast of Saint Mark, April 25, 2013.
The Diocese of Rockville
Centre, NY, comprises 1,198 square miles. It has a total population of 2,889,841
people of which 1,524,639, or 53 percent, are Catholic. Bishop John O.
Barres is currently the fifth bishop of Rockville Centre.
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Coyle, Archdiocese for the Military Services, Diocese of Rockville Centre
USCCB President, Vice President, and Migration Chair Announce National Call-in Day for Dreamers for February 26
Posted on 02/19/2018 05:33 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—Late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, together issued the following statement:
"We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers. With the March 5th deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.
"We are also announcing a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers. This coming weekend, we will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next Monday, February 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.
"Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action."
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, USCCB Committee on Migration, Dreamers, National Call-In Day, legislative protection, path to citizenship, Congress, Senate, solutions, families, unaccompanied minors, faith, vulnerable, immigrants, action, solidarity, action
Posted on 02/14/2018 14:45 PM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—Following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for prayer and healing.
The full statement is as follows:
"We are deeply saddened by the shootings in Broward County, Florida, and by the needless and tragic loss of life. May the mercy of God comfort the grieving families and sustain the wounded in their healing. Catholics and many other Christians have begun the journey of Lent today. I encourage us to unite our prayers and sacrifices for the healing and consolation of all those who have been affected by violence in these last weeks and for a conversion of heart, that our communities and nation will be marked by peace. I pray also for unity in seeking to build toward a society with fewer tragedies caused by senseless gun violence. Our hope is in the Lord, as he promised after his resurrection, 'behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age' (Mt. 28:20)."
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, Broward County, Lent, gun violence, prayer, peace
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President of U.S. Bishops Conference Encourages Catholics to Join Pope Francis in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Congo, South Sudan, and the World on Feb. 23
Posted on 02/14/2018 05:37 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—The President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, is encouraging Catholics across the nation to join with Pope Francis on Friday, February 23, for a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace. The day of prayer and fasting will focus on continued conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and other areas of the world.
Reflecting on the suffering caused by violent conflict, Pope Francis said, "Our heavenly Father always listens to His children who cry to Him in sorrow and anguish, who 'heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds' (Psalm 147:3). I make a heartfelt appeal so that we also listen to this cry and, each one of us in his/her own conscience before God, ask ourselves, 'What can I do for peace?'"
Cardinal DiNardo's full
"Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called us to observe a special day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on Friday, February 23, as Lent begins, with a particular concern for the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
Tragically, violent conflict rages in both nations. South Sudan won its independence in 2011 only to find itself a victim to corruption and a bloody civil war. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government fails to honor the constitution as the Catholic Church courageously promotes a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the ruling and opposition parties. In both countries, innocent families suffer.
Let us answer the Holy Father's call to pray and fast for peace, especially for the Church and peoples of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And let us turn our fasting into almsgiving and support the work of Catholic Relief Services in both countries.May God bless South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and our world with peace."
To learn more about the special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace and for additional resources on how Catholics can respond, please visit: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/war-and-peace/day-of-prayer-and-fasting-for-peace.cfm.
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Holy Father, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Day of Prayer and Fasting, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, violent conflict, peaceful resolution, almsgiving, Catholic Relief Services.