Archive for January, 2014

Educational Solidarity and the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This winter we have known some cold and snowy days.  It calls to mind a time I visited an inner-city school one blustery, wet January morning and asked the assembled students, “Why would we be here on such a miserable day?  Why did we come to school today?”  One fourth-grader stood with great pride and […] [Read more]

Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Each year, we rejoice in the great gift that is Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week.  This year, we are also observing the Archdiocese of Washington’s 75th anniversary. These dual celebrations remind us how our Catholic schools have educated generations of young people in our community, helping them to become leaders in their fields and […] [Read more]

Voices of Youth from the Rally for Life

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

One of the most inspiring scenes I witness each year happens on or around January 22 as I, together with many of my fellow bishops and usually hundreds of priests, process into the Verizon Center for the Mass for Life attended by thousands of enthusiastic young people from across the Archdiocese of Washington and throughout the […] [Read more]

Martin Luther King and Working for Christian Unity

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Today, our nation celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  Although he is best known as a civil rights leader, he also played a vital role in the important work of Christian unity. On the night before his Passion, Jesus fervently prayed to the Father that his disciples might all be one, just as he and […] [Read more]

Pray for Our Suffering Brothers and Sisters in the Middle East

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

If you were to google “Christians in the Middle East,” you would probably expect to find information about the history of Christianity, the distinct cultures of the people there, or descriptions of Latin and Eastern Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants.  Instead, what appears, tragically, is story after story about violent oppression and intimidation of Christians all […] [Read more]

Celebrating 75 Years of Manifesting the Kingdom

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

In this New Year of 2014, our Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a family of faith in the nation’s capital and the five surrounding Maryland counties.  This diamond anniversary will offer us a chance to reflect prayerfully on our historic legacy, our current challenges and our future opportunities. A special highlight […] [Read more]

Out of the Darkness

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Christmas lights are one of the most universally enjoyed traditions of the Christmas season.  Outdoor lights decorate our homes, trees and fences.  Through windows we see Christmas tree lights twinkling, candles burning and fireplaces glowing. Over the coming days, we will note the absence of these lights as our Christmas celebration comes to an end. […] [Read more]

Be a Star!

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

One of my abiding joys is spending time with my great-nieces and great-nephew.  One night, we sat in the backyard and looked up at the starry sky.  We talked about how God made everything, and how his presence can be seen in all the wonders of his creation, including the stars and all of us.  […] [Read more]

Mary, Mother of God

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

As we begin a New Year today, on this Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, we turn our gaze toward the Blessed Mother of our Lord who is also our mother and model of faith. Like us, Mary was a human being who had to struggle to hear and accept God’s word and to […] [Read more]