Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Impact’

The Rose Mass and the Ministry of Healing

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Some of the most vivid stories of Jesus’ ministry are those in which he heals the sick. We can easily imagine the gratitude of Peter for Christ’s healing of his mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-15) or the profound faith of the friends of the man lowered through the ceiling of the house where Jesus was preaching (Luke […] [Read more]

Saint Ignatius Parish at Chapel Point and 375 Years of Making a Catholic Impact

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Saint Ignatius Parish in Chapel Point is the oldest Catholic parish in continuous service in the United States. Some families there have roots in colonial times, and even to the native peoples that predated the arrival of the original English settlers in 1634. Seven years after he landed with those pioneers aboard the Ark and […] [Read more]

Welcome News … But the Fight Continues

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court, issued a per curiam ruling which vacates the judgments of appellate courts around the country that had upheld the HHS mandate against legal challenges brought by the Archdiocese of Washington and other religious employers. The Court’s order also returns those cases to the respective courts of appeal for […] [Read more]

Responding to the Washington Post

Friday, May 6th, 2016

In a recent “Acts of Faith” post, “Report: 1 in 6 hospital beds in U.S. is in a Catholic institution, restricting reproductive care,” the Washington Post fails to report the whole story on the role the Catholic Church plays in our society. Linked here is an editorial from the Catholic Standard offering our response.  Please take a moment […] [Read more]

Oral Arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Legal Challenge to the HHS Mandate

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

On Wednesday next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the legal challenge to the HHS Mandate brought by the Archdiocese of Washington, its affiliated entities, and many other religious employers from around the country, including most prominently the Little Sisters of the Poor. Because next week is Holy Week, I would […] [Read more]

Silencing the Church’s Voice

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

As we make our way through Lent, we remember that Jesus calls us to see God in the face of others, especially the poor, to be compassionate, to respect human life and to be forgiving, chaste and loving. He said in challenging us to live a life that fully reflects God’s plan for us, “Do […] [Read more]

Catholic Schools Week

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Last year, Pope Francis told a gathering of 300,000 students in Saint Peter’s Square that he learned to love school as a first grader and continued to love it as a teacher and as a bishop. He said schools prepare students to graduate speaking three languages – “the language of the mind, the language of […] [Read more]

Epiphany: The Public Revelation of the Savior of the World

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Before the invention of satellites or digital compasses and the Global Positioning System, travelers, navigators and mariners looked to the stars for guidance. The Gospel of Matthew tells us about one particular star, the Star of Bethlehem, which pointed to the Lord Jesus and guided the Magi from the East (Mt. 2:1-2, 9-11). Following the […] [Read more]

Catholic Charities Weekend

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Over the years, the basketball court at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center in College Park has been the site of many triumphs, but perhaps none has been greater than what unfolded there in early September, as that court was transformed into a mobile dental clinic, complete with 100 dental chairs, for the Mid-Maryland Mission […] [Read more]

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]