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Monday, April 27, 2015
The couple in the pew: the impact of infertility
There is a couple sitting in the pew on Sunday. You know they have been married at least one, two, three years now. No children yet.
New bishop worked with longtime friend to strengthen Catholic identity of Catholic Charities
Around 23 years ago, Msgr. John Enzler, then the pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac and now the president and CEO of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington, received a call from a parishioner asking if a young priest from Bogota, Colombia, could live with him at the rectory.
At Saint John Paul II Seminary, new bishop known for his ‘pastoral heart’
Preaching during a Spanish Mass at the Saint John Paul II Seminary just days before his episcopal ordination, Bishop-elect Mario Dorsonville encouraged the seminarians there to emulate their patron saint.
Five reasons God gives us bishops
This week Cardinal Wuerl ordained Bishop Mario Dorsonville. Pope Francis gave our local Church a true gift in Bishop Dorsonville as he is a wonderful priest, a man of prayer, and an all-around great guy.
Bishop Dorsonville remembered fondly at the Spanish Catholic Center
The employees and volunteers at the Spanish Catholic Center remember the little things about Bishop Mario Dorsonville, like that he shared buñuelos, a Colombian pastry, and hot chocolate with the office on his birthday.
Friends from over the years congratulate Bishop Dorsonville at reception
Years ago during a homily at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bethesda, a priest used the phrase, “la fe del carbonero,” meaning “faith of the coal miner,” or totally blind faith. Nancy Shifter and her mother immediately looked up at each other at hearing the distinctive Colombian saying, and knew they had to introduce themselves to a fellow Colombian, Father Mario Dorsonville. “I still owe him a cup of Colombian hot chocolate,” she said.
Bishop Holley says serving diverse groups ‘offers glimpse of face of God’
Last month, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley made a walk he will never forget – joining marchers, including his 25-year-old nephew, Ryan Barge, in crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma toward Montgomery, Alabama. The 50-year commemoration of the famous civil rights march across that very bridge brought together people of all ages and backgrounds.
In role as archdiocese’s chief of staff, bishop relies on prayer to Holy Spirit
When Washington Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout was asked in an interview if he had advice for his new brother bishop, fellow Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville, he said, “Each day place yourself in God’s hands, with that confidence that he always provides what we need in order to accomplish the good God seeks in us and the Church.”
From the heart of a new bishop
When he came to work at Catholic Charities’ headquarters in downtown Washington as the agency’s vice president for mission, then-Father Mario Dorsonville picked a corner office, not for prestige, but for its location, overlooking the Blessed Sacrament chapel of adjoining St. Patrick Church.
New Auxiliary Bishop Dorsonville ordained for Washington
In a liturgy marked by joy and gratitude, Bishop Mario Dorsonville was ordained as a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington on April 20 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington: U.S. House of Representatives introduces resolutions of disapproval to protect religious freedom in nation's capital
An April 14 statement from the Archdiocese of Washington on the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of two resolutions of disapproval of the
Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA)
Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA)
Pro-lifers criticize new Maryland abortion clinic offering spa-type of setting
A new clinic in Chevy Chase that offers a spa-type setting for women seeking an abortion using RU-486 seems to be telling women “that abortion is not complicated at all,” said a commentary posted on National Right to Life’s online news site.
Easter Vigil reminds us of Christ’s light and new life, cardinal says
Like the light from the Easter candle that illuminated people’s candles one by one in the darkened Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington during the Easter Vigil, so too the light of Christ illuminates people’s hearts so they can bring that light to the world, Cardinal Wuerl said in his homily at that April 4 Mass.
Woman's journey to Catholic faith stretched from South Africa to Washington
Mowele Causey describes her journey to becoming Catholic as a natural progression, one that began in her native South Africa, where she grew up Lutheran but attended Catholic elementary and high school.
At Good Friday liturgy, cardinal says Jesus’s death on cross showed his love for humanity
In the early afternoon, the same time of the day Christ was dying on the cross over 2,000 years ago, Catholics came to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington to remember his sacrifice for the salvation of the world. Good Friday services in the cathedral began at noon with an hour reflection on the Lord’s Passion, filled with singing and preaching, followed by a liturgy with Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
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