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ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON
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Friday, November 21, 2014
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  • Bishop Leonard Olivier, a retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and a priest for more than 60 years, died Nov. 19. He was 91 years old and was residing at the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, D.C.  
  • Today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the HHS mandate against the legal challenge brought by the Archdiocese of Washington and its affiliated ministries is very troubling and deeply flawed. The ruling makes an offensive distinction between the Church and its ministries of service. It specifically classifies the services provided by Catholic hospitals, clinics, universities, schools and social service ministries as ‘not inherently religious,’ and thus disqualified for inclusion in the mandate’s exemption for ‘houses of worship.’ In other words, the Court holds that although churches should not be required to facilitate access to morally offensive products and procedures for their employees, church-affiliated ministries are not ‘religious enough’ to qualify for the very same exemption.  
  • At annual Mass, Cardinal Wuerl encourages young adults to share their faith

    At the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Young Adult Mass on Oct. 26 at St Matthew’s Cathedral, Cardinal Wuerl reminded the nearly 500 attendees of one thing –  “God loves you.” Encouraged by that simple fact, the young adults then walked to Buffalo Billiards a couple of blocks away after Mass, to eat, drink and listen to popular Catholic singer Marie Miller.

     
  • Cardinal Wuerl encourages catechists to share the story of Jesus
    On the feast day of St. Robert Bellarmine, the patron saint of catechists, Cardinal Wuerl invited religious education leaders from across the archdiocese to join him for evening prayer. 
     
     
  • Catholic voters in Maryland face many key issues
    Maryland voters will head to the polls on Nov. 4 to elect a new governor, eight U.S. Representatives and all 188 members of the state’s General Assembly.  
  • Pope Francis is urging Catholics to be missionary disciples, says Boston cardinal
    Today’s Catholics, like the first disciples, are being called to be missionaries and bring the Good News of Jesus to the world, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Sept. 9 in the John Carroll Society’s fall lecture at the Newseum in Washington.

     
  • When Pope Pius XII established the Archdiocese of Washington in 1939, he appointed Baltimore Archbishop Michael Curley to lead the new archdiocese. 
  • St. Mary’s County fair
    Somewhere between the carnival rides, cotton candy, pig races, and prize-winning produce, visitors to St. Mary’s County Fair could take a “selfie” with Pope Francis.  
  • 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.

     
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