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Bishop Barron Visits The University of St. Thomas — Highlights and Preview

Friends, I had the great pleasure of joining this year’s graduates of the University of St. Thomas in Houston for Commencement and their Baccalaureate Mass. Pray that truth, goodness, and beauty would sing to their souls as they pursue their future careers and callings.

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X-Files: 25 Years Later, the Truth Is Still Out There and I Want to Believe

I came of age in the 1990s. I remember watching the Berlin Wall come down on the cusp of the new age. I remember the Soviet Union disintegrating and the official end of the Cold War. When I was in fifth grade, my dad went off to fight in the first Gulf War. When I […]

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U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace Renews Prayers for Israel and Palestine Amidst Recent Violence

WASHINGTON — In the midst of recent heightened violence in Jerusalem and Gaza, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace expressed renewed commitment to the people of the Holy Land and called for prayer.

Bishop Malloy’s statement follows:

“We are greatly saddened that simmering tensions erupted into violence in the Holy Land this week. It is a cycle we have unfortunately witnessed and spoken out against many times, but because of our great love in Christ Jesus, we remain ever present and close to the people of this land until the Peace of God reigns in its fullness forever.

“We call on all parties to cease the violence. The maiming and killing of one’s neighbor only serves to demonize one’s adversary and deepen passions that divide and destroy. The Holy Father reminded the world on Sunday, ‘Violence begets violence. Enough with the clashes.’

“The U.S. bishops have long called for upholding the Status Quo of the Holy Places, including the Al-Aqsa Compound, the site of much of this week’s violence. We affirm the need to adhere to international law in settling these disputes, rightly rooted in moral law, the rights of nations, and equal dignity of every people.

“We join with the Holy Father, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and other brethren who have called on the international community to intervene in the promotion of a just peace in the Holy City. We especially offer our prayers for all those who rightfully call the Holy Land home, as it is through them any lasting peace will come. May the primary adversaries in this conflict be given the guidance, strength, and courage that only comes from on High to build trust amidst those who are eager for belligerence. With our suffering Lord as our model, we renew our enduring commitment to our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.”
 

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Chieko Noguchi or Miguel Guilarte
202-541-3200

MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Bishops Anti-Poverty Program Celebrating 50 Years of Advancing Equality in America

WASHINGTON – This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Join CCHD for a virtual event on May 14-15, 2021, 2:00 p.m. EST to 5:00 p.m. EST to celebrate 5 decades of working to end poverty in the United States by partnering with initiatives aimed at confronting the root causes of economic injustice and breaking the cycle of poverty. Panel discussions will cover the current state of the Church, our society, and a look ahead to the next few decades of community transformation.

Ralph McCloud, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development said, “This is a time to reflect, remember, and celebrate the amazing work of the Church and everything we have done. Having this celebration during the pandemic, especially, reminds us of how important this work is even still; we’ve seen job loss and material impact of COVID, but we’ve also seen so much resilience, adaptability, and dedication to the communities we serve. This anniversary is a reminder that the work of CCHD has mattered and continues to matter.”

Event Speakers:

  • Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, Prefect, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will give the keynote on Saturday, May 15, 2021
  • Cardinal Blase J Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago; Consultant, USCCB’s Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Co-Chair, National Dialogue Initiative with Muslims; Chair, USCCB’s Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe; Consultant, Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism will give the keynote and opening prayer on Friday, May 14, 2021.
  • Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark; Member, USCCB’s Committee on National Collections and the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; Chair of the USCCB’s Subcommittee on the Church in Africa
  • Msgr. Jeffry Burrill, S.T.L., General Secretary, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary-General, International Catholic Migration Commission, and former Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • Gabby Trejo, Executive Director, Sacramento ACT (Area Congregations Together)
  • Sr. Julia Walsh, FSPA, Spiritual Director, Writer, Educator, and Catholic Campaign for Human Development Intern with the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity in the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Kimberly Mazyck, Senior Manager of Engagement and Educational Outreach at Catholic Charities USA
  • Juan F. Soto, Organizing Director of Gamaliel Network and Director of the Gamaliel of Metro Chicago

The panels will be moderated by:

  • Kerry Alys Robinson, Founding Executive Director and Partner for Global and National Initiatives, Leadership Roundtable
  • Anna Misleh Gordon, Project Manager for the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University and former CCHD intern for the Diocese of Stockton, California

Most workshops and presentations at CCHD’s 50th Anniversary virtual event are open to media coverage. Journalists are invited to download a credential application form and submit it for review and approval. More information about CCHD and the 50th Anniversary is available online: PovertyUSA.org/CCHD50.
 

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202-541-3200

 

“How Does One Make a Holy Hour?”: A Helpful Guide

The most influential chapter of any book I have ever read has to be the one entitled “The hour that makes my day” in the autobiography of Venerable Fulton Sheen, Treasure in Clay. I remember reading it over twenty-three years ago as a seminarian and being so inspired that I too resolved, from that time on, […]

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Good News: Pope Francis Creates Lay Ministry of “Catechist”

On the Optional Memorial of St. John of Avila, sixteenth-century Spanish priest and Doctor of the Church, Pope Francis established, by apostolic authority, the lay ministry of catechist. I have to admit that I did not know about this Doctor of the Church before reading this motu proprio, but with a little bit of research, […]

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Jesus Is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus makes extraordinary observations about discipleship. He speaks about being enraptured by God, having exuberant joy, accepting scorn from persecutors, and being consecrated into truth. Mass Readings Reading 1 – Acts 1:1-11 Psalm – Psalm 47:2-9 Reading 2 – Ephesians 1:17-23 Gospel – Mark 16:15-20

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Stretching Out to Great Things: A Commencement Address for the University of St. Thomas

The text for Bishop Robert Barron’s commencement address given at the University of St. Thomas in Houston on May 8, 2021. I have the very happy responsibility today of congratulating the University of St. Thomas class of 2021! And also to express my pride in becoming today a member of your class. I’m delighted to […]

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Chris McCandless, St. Francis of Assisi, and the Allure of the Wild

My wife and I recently re-watched the 2007 film Into the Wild, and this prompted me to re-devour the book upon which it is based. Author Jon Krakauer drew upon his own lived experience of wanderlust and mountain climbing in the Alaskan country to write the bestselling biopic on the life of Christopher McCandless, a […]

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Extendiéndose hacia grandes cosas: Discurso de graduación para la Universidad Santo Tomás

El texto del discurso de graduación del obispo Robert Barron pronunciado en la Universidad Santo Tomás en Houston el 8 de mayo de 2021. Hoy tengo la feliz responsabilidad de felicitar a la promoción 2021 de la Universidad Santo Tomás. Y también de expresar mi orgullo por convertirme hoy en miembro de su clase. Estoy […]

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