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Wednesday, October 01, 2014
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  • ‘We look to the future’

    Celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Archdiocese of Washington’s 75th anniversary, Cardinal Donald Wuerl compared the story of its journey of faith to a pilgrimage, stretching 2,000 years ago to Jesus and his disciples, and ultimately pointing to heaven.

    “As we celebrate our 75th anniversary as an archdiocese, we do so with gratitude for the past, with resolve for the present moment and with confidence as we look to the future. We are convinced that as God was with those who went before us and on whose shoulders this Church stands, so too, will God continue to be with us,” the cardinal said at the Sept. 21 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.

  • At Mission of Mercy dental clinic
    A day earlier, the basketball court at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center had been just that. One day later, it had been transformed into a mobile dental clinic and medical screening center, with hundreds of volunteer dentists and hygienists and other health professionals serving patients in need.

    From the university's Heritage Hall pavilion overlooking the court, Cardinal Donald Wuerl scanned the panoramic view of patients receiving state-of-the-art care at 100 dental chairs during the Sept. 5-6 Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival, cosponsored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and by the University of Maryland's School of Public Health's Center for Health Equity.
  • Editorial: We Cannot Remain Silent
    Speaking at the recent In Defense of Christians summit in Washington, author Eric Metaxas compared the world's silence regarding the plight of suffering Christians in the Middle East, to the silence of the German people during the Holocaust. Metaxas is the author of a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran pastor who spoke out against the Nazi genocide of Jews and was executed in a concentration camp in 1945. Bonhoeffer, who wrote the spiritual classic The Cost of Discipleship, said, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil."
    
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  • Although Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was personally unassuming, the spiritual impact she had on other Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth was so unmistakable that they began the effort to have her canonized soon after her May 8, 1927, death in Paterson.

    Her cause will advance Oct. 4, when she will be declared Blessed Miriam Teresa at a beatification Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. She will be the first American to be beatified in the United States. 
  • As Peggy Burns and Louise Dufresne set out earlier this summer to participate in the Archdiocese of Washington’s Faith Quest, they knew they would learn a great deal about the Catholic heritage of the archdiocese dating all the way back to pre-Revolutionary War days.

    After visiting all 25 designated sites throughout the archdiocese, they shared their memories during a closing celebration held for Faith Quest participants, who visited eight or more places, at the Franciscan Monastery’s St. Francis Hall on Sept. 7.

     
  • Somewhere between the carnival rides, cotton candy, pig races, and prize-winning produce, visitors to St. Mary’s County Fair could take a “selfie” with Pope Francis. Held Sept. 18-21 in Leonardtown, anyone strolling by the roasted peanut salesman and stopping by the “Connect 2 Christ” booth could stand next to a life-size replica of the pope as volunteers from local Catholic parishes took a photo. 

    “I think it’s great to be at a place like this – to be visible and available for people of all walks of life,” said Jane Burke. “It’s an invitation.” Burke is a parishioner at St. Aloysius Parish in Leonardtown, where the evangelization team led by Deb Vavrus coordinated the outreach.
     
  • Cardinal Wuerl rededicates Shrine of  St. John Vianney at Charles County parish
    More than 200 people gathered Aug. 3 at St. Mary Church, Newport, to participate in the rededication of the first ever shrine in the United States to honor St. John Vianney. Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass and blessed the shrine on the day before the saint's feast day. In rededicating the shrine, the cardinal urged the faithful to emulate the example of the saint and to "follow in the footsteps of Our Lord." 
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced the following clergy appointments. They are effective as indicated. 
  • Maryland parish hosts candlelight vigil to pray for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls
    Surrounded by rural countryside in an outlying suburban community north of Washington, D.C., St. Paul Church in Damascus might seem to be halfway around the world from Nigeria. But on June 10, that parish united with the African nation in a special way, as it hosted a candlelight vigil to pray for the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped almost two months earlier by the Islamic terror group Boko Haram. 
  • Pope Francis, in Albania, says killing in God’s name is sacrilege

    Killing in the name of God is sacrilege, and religious leaders must denounce the use of faith to justify violence and oppression, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to Albania.

    In a world “where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted and where religious differences are being distorted and exploited,” Albania is an “aspiring example” to everyone that peaceful coexistence is possible, Pope Francis told Albania President Bujar Nishani and other dignitaries upon his arrival in the country Sept. 21. 
  • 75th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington

    On Sunday, September 21, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Washington.

    Three-quarters of a century ago, Archbishop Michael Curley of Baltimore walked into and across the sanctuary of Saint Matthew the Apostle Cathedral and, in the presence of the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, proceeded to the chair we see today with his personal coat of arms and took possession of his new responsibilities

     
  • Washington Jesuit Academy is ultimate winner in Gonzaga and Georgetown Prep rivalry

    Gonzaga College High School in Washington and Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda are two of the oldest Jesuit catholic secondary schools in the country. Located 10 miles apart, they first played a football game in 1891. Since then, the teams have matched up 75 more times with Gonzaga holding a slight 35-28 edge in wins. Due to scheduling conflicts and league obligations, the series went dormant after the 1988 game.

     
  • Catholics encouraged to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family

    Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington and nationwide are encouraged to join Pope Francis in a universal Day of Prayer on Sunday, Sept. 28 for next month’s Synod of Bishops addressing “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”

    “The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is an important moment for the Church and for families,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a statement. “I welcome whole-heartedly this day of prayer for the Synod fathers and for all who will participate. As the Church turns with special attention to the family, may God’s plan for marriage and the family be a source of hope and healing for all.”

     

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