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Monday, March 19, 2018
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  • Health workers called to show hope in the midst of suffering, says bishop at Rose Mass
    Health care professionals are called to radiate Christ’s light into the darkness, said Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge at the 27th annual Rose Mass at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda on March 11.
  • Families praise cardinal’s plan to expand parish outreach to them
    As Cardinal Donald Wuerl issued his new pastoral plan to broaden outreach for marriage and family life, the congregation at the special Mass on March 4 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle included families from across the Archdiocese of Washington, representing the 139 parishes in the District of Columbia and five surrounding Maryland counties.
  • Catholic women reflect on their roles as leaders in the workplace and at home
    In his 1995 “Letter to Women,” Pope Saint John Paul II applauded the roles of women in society, at home, and in religious life, and told them that through their unique insight, they “enrich the world's understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.”
  • Enduring lessons from parents have helped deacon brothers center lives on families and keep the faith
    In the fall of 1987, Deacons Joseph, James and John Somerville were interviewed and photographed by the Catholic Standard newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington, for a story that noted their distinction then of being the only three brothers in the United States to be serving as permanent deacons in the Catholic Church.
  • The Courage of Faith
    Each Lent a thousand miracles take place across the Archdiocese of Washington. Accompanied by catechists, godparents and sponsors, hundreds of men, women and children make a life-changing decision to follow Jesus Christ as members of the Catholic Church.
  • Child’s blessing from pope one of a lifetime of blessings for Somerville family
    Moments after Pope Francis’s plane touched down at Joint Base Andrews for his September 2015 pastoral visit to Washington, he was greeted by four Catholic schoolchildren. Karlena Somerville, then a kindergarten student at St. Philip the Apostle School in Camp Springs, handed the pope a bouquet of flowers.
  • Olney parishioner creates platform for women to share stories of harassment
    One day this past fall, Margaret Wroblewski, a 23-year-old parishioner of St. Peter Parish in Olney and graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, was on the Metro when she noticed a man staring at her on the train. After she stared back at him, he put on sunglasses to hide his gaze, and she got up and moved farther away from him.
  • More than 600 people preparing to be welcomed into the Catholic Church gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Feb. 18 for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, celebrated by Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville.
  • On Ash Wednesday, cathedral rector says Lent is joyful season to draw closer to Christ
    The penitential season of Lent is not a time of sadness, but “a joyful season because we have the great opportunity to grow closer to Christ,” Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, rector of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, said during a noonday Ash Wednesday Mass on Feb. 14.
  • St. Augustine Church hosts Mass of Remembrance for descendants of ‘GU272’
    The name of their ancestor, Isaac Hawkins, was first on the infamous 1838 bill of sale, when members of the Maryland Society of Jesus sold 272 enslaved men, women and children to support the then-financially struggling Georgetown University.
  • Descendants of Isaac Hawkins ask Georgetown to make full atonement for its past
    Direct descendants of Isaac Hawkins – whose name is listed first on the bill of sale of the 272 enslaved men and women whom Maryland Jesuits sold to save Georgetown University from financial ruin in 1838 – held a Jan. 17 press conference to mark the 180th anniversary of that sale, and to ask that Georgetown University make full atonement for their actions.
  • Public invited to Mass where Cardinal Wuerl will bless memorial plaques for enslaved
    Enslaved men and women who were buried in unmarked, forgotten graves in the Archdiocese of Washington will be remembered at a special vigil Mass on Saturday Feb. 3 at 5:15 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. celebration highlights perseverance, faith of black Catholics
    Just two days before what would have been the 89th birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Archdiocese of Washington’s Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach held a Jan. 13 movie screening, discussion, a performance of praise and worship music, and a Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Largo to celebrate the legacy of the civil rights leader, discuss the ongoing challenge of racism and to highlight the hope that black Catholics find through their faith.
  • In interview, Cardinal Wuerl says Bishop Knestout will live his motto, ‘Christ our Hope,’ in Richmond
    One week before Bishop Barry Knestout’s installation as the new bishop of Richmond, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl was interviewed on Jan. 5 about the qualities and impact of the churchman who served as his key aide over the past decade.
  • Family roots of a vocation
    When he was introduced as Richmond’s new bishop at a Dec. 5 press conference, Bishop Barry Knestout’s first remarks reflected the two biggest constants in his life: devotion to his Catholic faith and his family.
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