Posts Tagged ‘75th Anniversary’

Homily: 75th Anniversary Mass of the Archdiocese of Washington

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Welcome to Saint Matthew’s Cathedral for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Washington. Three-quarters of a century ago, Pope Pius XII issued his papal bull decreeing that Washington should be “adorned with the splendor of an archiepiscopal throne” and thereby erecting the new Archdiocese of Washington.  A few […] [Read more]

Feast of the Holy Cross

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  The origin of this feast lies in the 4th century.  Legend has it  that when Saint Helena, mother of the emperor Constantine, visited the Holy Land, she saw there was a pagan temple over the spot where Jesus is thought to have […] [Read more]

To Be The Best Church We Can Be

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

This year, we have been celebrating a milestone – specifically, the 75 years that our family of faith has been manifesting the kingdom of God since the Archdiocese of Washington was established in 1939.  Looking back at this heritage, and to the roots of our Catholic ancestors who arrived here in 1634, we also look […] [Read more]

Happy Birthday Archdiocese of Washington!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Today we celebrate a special moment in our history.  On this day 75 years ago, July 22, 1939, the Archdiocese of Washington was born. When Pope Pius XII issued his papal bull establishing the archdiocese at the request of my predecessor, Archbishop Michael J. Curley, it only included the District of Columbia. Eight years later, […] [Read more]

Remaining Steadfast in Liberty and Our Gospel Mission

Friday, July 11th, 2014

It was my great joy recently to celebrate Mass at the reconstructed Brick Chapel in Saint Mary’s City and on Saint Clement’s Island, where our Catholic ancestors first set foot on these shores in 1634.  They had left England and travelled here precisely so that not only could Catholics live their faith without restraint, but […] [Read more]

75th Anniversary Masses and Our Foundation of Faith

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Our Archdiocesan Synod, which concluded on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, offered a moving reminder of how we are connected by faith to all who have gone before us.  Grateful for the legacy our Catholic ancestors have left us, by virtue of this family gathering our local Church now has a blueprint for the future, to […] [Read more]

Homily: Mass for Archdiocesan Synod

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

It is a pleasure to welcome all of you to the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle as we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost.  While it is true that the Pentecost we commemorate today happened almost 2,000 years ago, what we are celebrating is the continuing outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church – […] [Read more]

The Spiritual Shepherds of the Church of Washington

Friday, May 16th, 2014

This year we celebrate 75 years since the establishment of the Archdiocese of Washington in 1939, as well as the 225th anniversary of the appointment of John Carroll as the first bishop in the United States in 1789.  Bishop Carroll had a difficult task in organizing the Church given the substantial obstacles to practicing the […] [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]

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]