Archive for June, 2012

Peter and Paul

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.  In an address in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI preached that the “Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is… a memorial of the great witnesses of Jesus Christ and a solemn confession for the Church: one, holy, catholic and apostolic. It is first […] [Read more]

Our First President, Our First Bishop and Our First Freedom

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

It seems so fitting that the centerpiece of our local “Fortnight for Freedom” commemoration will be a June 24 “Celebration of Freedom” at the Charles E. Smith Center at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  That afternoon of prayer and celebration in support of religious freedom will take place at a university, and in […] [Read more]

The Gift of the Priesthood

Friday, June 15th, 2012

This weekend, I will have the great blessing and privilege to ordain the five newest priests of the Archdiocese of Washington during a June 16 Mass of Ordination at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Three of the men in the archdiocese’s priestly ordination class of 2012 grew up in Maryland […] [Read more]

Fortnight for Freedom

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

If you have not already visited our new website,, I invite you to take a look at it today. My hope is that it will be a sort of homepage for you in accepting my invitation to join me and all of our American bishops in a “Fortnight for Freedom.” The Fortnight will be […] [Read more]

Many Rights

Friday, June 1st, 2012

At the end of a Memorial Day Mass, celebrated here as elsewhere throughout the United States, the celebrant waited at the back of the large tent set up at the cemetery to greet the many, many people who came to remember and to pray.  A woman with tears in her eyes waited her turn, and […] [Read more]