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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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  • 5 ways to celebrate our (or any) anniversary
    This year we are celebrating 75 years of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Washington by Pope Pius XII. To give this a little perspective there is a church in Rome, Italy nicknamed the Chiesa Nuova, which means the “New Church.” It was built in 1575. We may be young, but in the 75 years since our foundation, amazing work has been and is done. 
  • 75th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington

    On Sunday, September 21, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Washington.

    Three-quarters of a century ago, Archbishop Michael Curley of Baltimore walked into and across the sanctuary of Saint Matthew the Apostle Cathedral and, in the presence of the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, proceeded to the chair we see today with his personal coat of arms and took possession of his new responsibilities

     
  • An overview of history of Archdiocese of Washington
    (The following is reprinted from Catholic Impact 2014, a special publication to mark the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington that shows the archdiocese’s impact on the local community in the areas of Catholic education, social services and health care.)

    When Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, announced plans for the Archdiocese of Washington’s 75
    th anniversary in 2014, he said it would be a time to look back, and look ahead. On Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, Cardinal Wuerl launched the 75th anniversary by celebrating Mass, and by convoking the final session of an Archdiocesan Synod.  
  • Timeline for Archdiocese of Washington

    1634 – English colonists land in Maryland at St. Clement’s Island, and Jesuit Father Andrew White celebrates the first Catholic Mass in the English-speaking colonies.

    1731 – St. Francis Xavier Church built in Newtowne, Md., and it stands today as the oldest Catholic church in continuous use from the original 13 colonies.

     
  • Jan. 5, 2014 – In the first event marking the Archdiocese of Washington’s 75th anniversary, Cardinal Wuerl presents Manifesting the Kingdom Awards to more than 200 Catholics in recognition of their outstanding service at local parishes, Catholic schools and agencies. During a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Wuerl praised the unsung heroes for being like the Star of Bethlehem, leading people to an encounter with Christ. “This award is the recognition of this Church of how important your ministry, your service, your faith, your love, your life is,” the cardinal said. “Thanks for the manifestation of God’s love that you represent.”

     
  • 1939 – The year Pope Pius XII established the Archdiocese of Washington.

    6/8/2014 – Cardinal Wuerl convokes the first Archdiocesan Synod during a Pentecost Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

     
  • At Synod Mass, Cardinal Wuerl called on local Catholics to continue ‘work of the Spirit’

    Convoking the first Archdiocesan Synod on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said the widespread effort among local Catholics to build a better Church for the future marked a “new beginning” for the Archdiocese of Washington on its 75th anniversary. In the Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, the cardinal said that just as the Holy Spirit emboldened the hearts of the Apostles at the first Pentecost to bring Christ’s Good News to the world, so too the Synod represented “the Spirit at work in this great archdiocesan Church” and would mark a continuing effort by local Catholics to be Christ’s witnesses in today’s world.

     
  • Catholics encouraged to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family

    Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington and nationwide are encouraged to join Pope Francis in a universal Day of Prayer on Sunday, Sept. 28 for next month’s Synod of Bishops addressing “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”

    “The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is an important moment for the Church and for families,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a statement. “I welcome whole-heartedly this day of prayer for the Synod fathers and for all who will participate. As the Church turns with special attention to the family, may God’s plan for marriage and the family be a source of hope and healing for all.”

     
  • ‘We look to the future’

    Celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Archdiocese of Washington’s 75th anniversary, Cardinal Donald Wuerl compared the story of its journey of faith to a pilgrimage, stretching 2,000 years ago to Jesus and his disciples, and ultimately pointing to heaven.

    “As we celebrate our 75th anniversary as an archdiocese, we do so with gratitude for the past, with resolve for the present moment and with confidence as we look to the future. We are convinced that as God was with those who went before us and on whose shoulders this Church stands, so too, will God continue to be with us,” the cardinal said at the Sept. 21 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.

     
  • At Mission of Mercy dental clinic
    A day earlier, the basketball court at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center had been just that. One day later, it had been transformed into a mobile dental clinic and medical screening center, with hundreds of volunteer dentists and hygienists and other health professionals serving patients in need.

    From the university's Heritage Hall pavilion overlooking the court, Cardinal Donald Wuerl scanned the panoramic view of patients receiving state-of-the-art care at 100 dental chairs during the Sept. 5-6 Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival, cosponsored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and by the University of Maryland's School of Public Health's Center for Health Equity. 
  • The return of our young people to school marks the beginning of another academic year, the end of summer vacations, and the start in earnest of what might be called the “pastoral” year of activity.  I use this occasion as well to do a letter to our students, teachers, school administrators, pastors and Catholic education benefactors.  This year, I include in this article some of the information from that letter that I hope readers might find interesting. 

     
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, celebrated a Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Aug. 15 to pray for peace and stand in prayerful solidarity with the Christians of Iraq. 
  • New program geared to help Catholic young adults be 'Apostles on Mission'
    The Archdiocese of Washington's Office of Young Adult Ministry and the Hyattsville-based Catholic Apostolate Center have created a program to help young adults become more active in their parishes and in evangelization efforts. 
  • Cardinal Wuerl will celebrate a Mass on August 15 at 12:10 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington to pray for peace in Iraq and to show prayerful solidarity to the suffering Christians there. 
  • Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Services earns first five-star rating ever awarded by D.C. government
    The District of Columbia's Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) awarded the first ever five-star rating to Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Services in its annual review of all providers contracted to the agency. Each contracted provider is rated annually through an in-depth quality review of case files, reviews of procedures and a financial indicators audit. This is the first time a provider agency earned a five-star rating. 
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