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  • At Chrism Mass, Cardinal Wuerl blesses sacred oils, and thanks priests for their ministry
    According to the Church fathers, if the olive tree stands as an image of the Father, and its fruit, the olives, are an image of the Son, then the pure extract of the oil represents the Holy Spirit, which flows throughout the Church on earth, explained the program for the Chrism Mass celebrated on March 30.

  • Young adults make an urban Lenten pilgrimage at the ‘7 Church Walk’ in Washington
    Following the tradition of St. Philip Neri and his companions, who walked through the city of Rome to seven basilicas during Lent in the 1500s, around 100 young adults from the archdiocese and beyond partook in the “7 Church Walk” in Washington on March 28. Beginning at Immaculate Conception Church, the pastor, Msgr. James Watkins, reminded the walkers, “We are not in Rome but we are not far from Rome. We’re always united with mother Church. Walk with each other and with the Lord,” he said.


  • On Palm Sunday, Cardinal Wuerl encourages people to open hearts to Spirit during Holy Week
    Like their fellow Catholics in Rome, in the Holy Land and in churches around the world, the crowd gathered outside the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington began Holy Week by holding palms aloft in a ritual commemorating Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem. Standing at the entranceway to St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Cardinal Donald Wuerl blessed palms during the introductory rite for the March 29 Mass for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. 
  • Men encouraged to emulate example of Jesus’s love and sacrifice
    Men should look to Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for a clear image of what it means to be a man in today’s society, participants at a Catholic men’s conference were told March 14. 
  • At conference, saints seen as examples for today’s women
    Among the hundreds of churches in the eternal city of Rome are a few named after the women who originally lived there, who opened their homes so that worshippers could break bread with one another, Cardinal Wuerl told the more than 400 women gathered at the Archdiocese of Washington’s Women's Conference on March 21. As guardians of the hearth, women throughout the years have had the “privileged place of passing on the faith,” he said during the homily at Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville. Commenting on the theme of the conference: “Gathering the Wisdom of Women: Water to Wine,” he urged each of the women to “never diminish in your own mind the importance of your wisdom.” 
  • At Rose Mass, health care workers, and all Catholics, encouraged to share God’s healing love

    Those Catholics who work in health care, and indeed all the faithful, are called to bring God’s love and healing to those in need, said Jesuit Father Kevin FitzGerald,  the homilist at the 24th annual Rose Mass, held March 15 at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda.

  • Bishop-elect Dorsonville praised as a man of prayer and a priest for the poor

     On the morning when Pope Francis announced that he had named Father Mario Dorsonville as an auxiliary bishop for Washington, the new bishop’s first public appearances came at a special Mass and then a press conference at the headquarters of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, where the priest known as a man of prayer and for his service to the poor has worked in recent years as the agency’s vice president for mission, while also heading the archdiocese’s Spanish Catholic Center.

  • Pope Francis names Catholic Charities official as new auxiliary bishop of Washington
    Pope Francis on March 20 named Father Mario E. Dorsonville, 54, as auxiliary bishop of Washington, to assist Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the pastoral care of the 620,000-member archdiocese. His ordination as a bishop will be held on April 20 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.

  • At a recent book party at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac for Tim Shriver’s new book, Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, he was introduced by his brother Mark Shriver. He noted that the gathering was a homecoming of sorts, because their parents, Eunice and Sargent Shriver, used to attend daily Mass at Our Lady of Mercy, and the Special Olympics movement that they founded began in the early 1960s at the backyard of their home about six miles away, with Camp Shriver that paired children with and without intellectual disabilities to run, swim and play together. 
  • ‘Fully Alive’
    Tim Shriver says his new book, Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, is “really a long thank you letter, to a lot of people who helped shape me,” and it’s also an attempt to say something to our culture, about what really matters in life.

  • On Sunday, Jan. 11, the John Carroll Society celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord with a special Mass at St. Patrick Church in Washington followed by a brunch discussion of the Jesuit characteristics of Pope Francis, given by Father Kevin O’Brien, S.J. According to one attendee, John Carroll Society member Gregory Reaman, “It was very wonderful, really insightful, and brought home the simple humility and humanity of Francis as pope.”

  • Catholics bring light of Christ to D.C. streets at first Light the City event
    On a dark winter evening, the Light the City banner fastened to the doors of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington displayed a verse from John 1:5: “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” Inside the cathedral at the vigil Mass on Saturday Feb. 28, young adults sang the words, “Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.” They then went out into the city carrying votive candles bearing the image of Christ and saints like Pope John Paul II, and asked strangers to escape the cold of the night, if only for a moment, to light a candle for peace inside the cathedral. “The [concept] reminds me of the theology behind Christmas,” said young adult Andrea Ulrich, “Of introducing light in the darkness.” 
  • Sister Sara Ann Abell, who taught hundreds how to read, dies at age 102
    Sister Sara Ann Abell, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 84 years, who served for more than two decades in Southern Maryland, died Jan. 24 in Louisville, Ky. She was 102 years old. 
  • Bishop Knestout joins the ‘Pope’s Rabbi’ for interfaith dialogue in Washington
    In 1963, two years into the Second Vatican Council, a second grade teacher at a Catholic school walked into her classroom and made an announcement to her students. “Children, for the rest of your lives you are going to hear sometimes people say bad things about the Jews, specifically that the Jews killed Christ,” she told them. “This comes directly from Rome: it was never true, it’s not true now, and if you ever hear this in your lives, you are to dispute it and argue against it.” 
  • Upcoming events in the archdiocese
    Light The City is a one-night evening of prayer and personal invitation, held Saturday night, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. to midnight at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Northwest Washington. 
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