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Ordinations to the Priesthood
Priesthood, like a splendid diamond, is a many faceted reality and can be looked at from various angles and from differing perspectives. The ordination ceremony itself helps to highlight some of the more significant aspects of this sacrament of the enduring ministry of Christ.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The First Synod of the Archdiocese of Washington
This Sunday, June 8, the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Archdiocese of Washington will experience a unique moment in its history. Gathered at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle laywomen and laymen, religious, deacons, priests and the bishops of this local Church will finalize the two years of work that have been a part of our first Archdiocesan Synod. On Pentecost, the recommendations of this work will be published and the statutes promulgated.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
"I am coming back to you:" The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
In reflecting on this new moment in the life of the Church - this new Pentecost - we are reminded that the Paraclete, once Jesus is "gone" from this world, will teach through his indwelling and bring us to the fullness of life. The Spirit, the Paraclete, is thus the permanent presence of Jesus. We can speak of the Spirit of Jesus, the continuing presence of Jesus in the Spirit that he and the Father have given to the Church and recognize that this is how Jesus is fulfilling his promise to remain with us even though he will not return in glory until a later time.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Holy Spirit: New Life for the World
A very strong case can be made that we are in a moment of special grace. There are a number of signs that point to this being for the Church an experience of new Pentecost.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Saints Pope John Paul II and Pope John XIII
On Sunday, April 27, the Church will canonize two holy men of our age, Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II. Each gave profound witness to the Gospel and this moment of grace provides an opportunity to express our appreciation for their lives, ministry and their love of Christ and his Church.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our Holy Week Journey
Every year, the Church invites us to relive Holy Week. Liturgically and spiritually we have the opportunity to make our way with Jesus through the events that culminate in our redemption. Each day is rich in elements that nurture our faith life. I would like to reflect briefly on each of the days and one aspect of its message for us.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Do Not Steal - Act Justly
The social doctrine of the Church is presented in the Catechism under the Seventh Commandment. In both the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults we find an extensive reflection on the Church's social teaching. Perhaps it is for that reason that the story that introduces the Seventh Commandment in the Adult Catechism involves Mother Joseph, the "Frontier Nun."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
2014 Cardinal's Appeal: Seek First the Kingdom of God - Be Perfect as is Your Heavenly Father
Our annual theme "Seek first the Kingdom of God" always sets the context for the Cardinal's Appeal. It is precisely in the light of Jesus' teaching, about his kingdom, that whatever else we do makes sense.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
To Each His Own
Why does the Seventh Commandment seem self-evident? Like so many of the commandments, this one seems very clear. You should not take what belongs to another. Why is it so apparent? The answer to that question reminds us that all of the commandments, but particularly the Fourth through the Tenth, are divinely revealed statements about something that we as human beings already know in our hearts.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service
The theme of Catholic Schools Week this year is "Catholic Schools:

Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service." During the week of January 26-February 1, 2014, as we approach the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington, we are invited to acknowledge just how important our schools are, not only for the young people who attend them and their families, but for the whole Church and the community around us.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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