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Pope Francis names two auxiliary bishops for Diocese of Brooklyn  
Wednesday, May 20, 2015  10:12 AM
Washington, D. C. - Pope Francis has named two Brooklyn priests, Father James Massa, 54, moderator of the curia and vicar for evangelization; and Father Witold Mroziewski, 49, pastor of Holy Cross Parish, as auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.
The appointments were publicized in Washington on May 19 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

James Massa was born September 3, 1960 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and ordained a priest in 1986.

He attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York and earned a bachelor of arts degree in theology and history from Boston College; and a master’s degree in divinity from Yale University. He holds a doctorate in systematic theology from Fordham University.

Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, Our Lady of Queen of Martyrs Parish, 1986; theology instructor, 1987; campus minister, 1990; chaplain, 1993; theology professor, 1993-2005; executive director of USCCB Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, 2005-2011; consultor, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, 2007-2015. He currently serves as moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Brooklyn since 2014.

Witold Mroziewski was born March 25, 1966 in Poland and was ordained a priest in 1991.
He attended the diocesan seminary of the Diocese of Łomża, Poland. He holds masters’ degrees in divinity and canon law, and a doctor of canon law degree from the Catholic University in Lublin, Poland.

Assignments after ordination included: parochial vicar at the Parish of Kadzidlo, Poland, 1991; pastoral services for the Diocese of Brooklyn, 1992; parochial vicar of Our Lady of Czestochowa-St. Casimir Parish, Brooklyn, 1993; administrator, 2000; and pastor, 2002. He also served as pastor, Holy Cross Parish, Maspeth, New York, 2013; judge of the diocesan tribunal, 2009-2015; defender of the bond, 2013-2015.

He was incardinated in the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2001.

Three new members named to national review board on child and youth protection  
Wednesday, May 20, 2015  9:55 AM
Washington,. D.C.- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recently named three people to the National Review Board that advises on child and youth protection. Mr. Donald Wheeler, a former federal investigator, Mrs. D. Jean Ortega-Piron, an attorney and child welfare services expert, and attorney Mr. Howard Healy were appointed by USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville.

“The Church is grateful for the time and talent these individuals will bring to our shared work of ensuring safe environments,” Kurtz said. “None of us has a more important responsibility than protecting children.”

Donald Wheeler lives in the Diocese of Arlington and is a Senior Investigator with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, LLP. He served for 30 years in various federal law enforcement and investigative positions with the U. S. Department of Labor and the General Accountability Office (GAO).

D. Jean Ortega-Piron lives in the Diocese of Joliet, retired from the Illinois Department of Children of Family Services in 2013 and continues to serve as a consultant on child welfare services. While with that state agency, among other positions, she served as its acting Director and the statewide legal guardian for all the children in foster care in Illinois. She is an attorney and has worked in the Office of Special Counsel for Child Welfare Services for the Governor of Illinois.

Howard Healy lives in the Diocese of Green Bay and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Winnebago County Bar Association. He is a partner at the Di Renzo and Bomier Law Firm and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as an Officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the National Review Board during their meeting in June of 2002. The functions of the Board were revised slightly and reconfirmed in June of 2005 when the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was revised and extended. The purpose of the National Review Board is to collaborate with the USCCB in preventing the sexual abuse of minors in the United States by persons in the service of the Church.

U.S. nuclear disarmament leadership needed, says USCCB’s committee chair  
Friday, May 15, 2015  3:29 PM
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Bishops’ International Justice and Peace Committee has urged Secretary of State, John Kerry, to step up efforts to advance nuclear disarmament and insure the success of a multilateral conference being held in New York. The comments were made in a May 12 letter issued as the Ninth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) meeting continues at the United Nations.

“For most Americans, there is an assumption that the nuclear threat receded with the end of the Cold War. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the Committee. “In a multi-polar world where there are risks of nuclear proliferation and even nuclear terrorism, it is imperative that the world move systematically and relentlessly toward nuclear disarmament and the securing of nuclear materials. Preserving the NPT is a cornerstone of this effort.”

The International Justice and Peace Committee also urged bold and concrete commitments to “accelerate verifiable nuclear disarmament, including taking weapons off ‘launch on warning’ status to prevent a catastrophic accident, deeper cuts in nuclear arsenals, ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and serious negotiations on a fissile material cut-off treaty and other prudent measures.”

The full text of the letter is available at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/war-and-peace/nuclear-weapons/letter-to-secretary-kerry-from-bishop-cantu-on-non-proliferation-of-nuclear-weapons-2015-05-12.cfm.

Bishops’ International Justice and Peace Committee offers policy framework for targeted killing by drones  
Friday, May 15, 2015  2:16 PM
Washington, D.C. - The practice of targeted killings by unmanned drones should be limited by international standards, be transparent and guided by an awareness of how the practice affects conflict around the world, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace in a letter to National Security Advisor Susan Rice. The May 11 letter from Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, noted the ongoing concerns of bishops around the “serious moral questions” raised by drone strikes, and shared a policy framework that had been adopted by the bishops’ committee.

Bishop Cantú wrote, “Since the United States has led in the use of armed drones, it should take the lead in advancing international policies, standards and restrictions on the production, use and proliferation of drones in general, and of armed drones in targeted killings in particular. As weapons technology becomes more sophisticated, the need for an internationally recognized ethical and moral framework governing their use becomes more urgent.”

The framework notes that drone strikes should occur only in areas of active protracted conflict where war has been declared or where there is multilateral agreement to take action, when a threat is imminent, and the use of force if proportionate and a last resort. It also raises concerns about the decision-making processes behind drone strikes, civilian casualties and the long-term fueling of hostilities toward the United States.

The full text of the letter is available online: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/war-and-peace/arms-trade/upload/letter-to-nsa-rice-from-bishop-cantu-re-drones-policy-framework-2015-05-11.pdf

William Canny named head of USCCB’s migration and refugee services  
Friday, May 15, 2015  12:28 PM
Washington, DC - William Canny has been named executive director of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Canny succeeds Ambassador Johnny Young, who retired from the USCCB at the end of February after seven years of service.

“As world events, including an alarming rise in religious persecution, force thousands of families from their homes, we are especially grateful to add to the Conference's response Bill's unique combination of experience, expertise, and commitment to the Church,” said Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, USCCB general secretary, upon making the appointment.

Canny brings experience of over 25 years of service to the Catholic Church and to refugees and migrants through his previous positions at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the International Catholic Migration Commission, as well as strong skills as a leader and administrator.

From 2010-2012, he served as CRS’ director of emergency operations, leading the emergency department in global prevention, preparedness, protection and response operations. Canny directed CRS’ initial response to the Haiti earthquake of 2010. From 2006-2009, he served as CRS’s country representative in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he led a staff of 200 and oversaw a range of activities which included programs in the areas of HIV-Aids, health, education, agriculture, disaster preparedness and response, forced migration, and human rights. From 1983-1997, he served in numerous positions at Catholic Relief Services that took him to manage and execute relief and development operations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

From 1998-2004, Canny served as secretary general for the International Catholic Migration Commission, in Geneva, which serves and protects refugees, migrants and displaced populations around the world. Interventions included programs in war-thorn communities in Kosovo, Albania, Afghanistan, Indonesia and East Timor while at the same time advocating for rights-based policies and long term solutions in collaboration with Catholic bishops conferences around the world.

Most recently, he served as chief operations officer for the Papal Foundation, based in Philadelphia. In that role, Canny directed daily operations. The Papal Foundation has contributed over $110 million to the Vatican for initiatives aimed to alleviate poverty around the world, and provides grants to over 100 projects annually. In 2015, the Foundation provided Pope Francis approximately $15 million for charitable works and missionary programs.

He received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Scranton; a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh; and graduated cum laude from the University of Scranton, with a bachelor of science degree in human services.

Canny will oversee USCCB/MRS efforts which include policy formulation and communication, advocacy, education, refugee resettlement, and other specialized services to at risk and vulnerable populations, such as victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors. MRS is the largest non-governmental resettlement agency in the world.

USCCB Catholic Education Office urges Congress to reauthorize funds for scholarship program benefiting low income students  
Thursday, May 14, 2015  3:27 PM
Washington, D.C. - In light of the hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, a three sector program which provides funding for public, charter and opportunity scholarships for low-income students in the District of Columbia to attend private and religious schools, the USCCB Office of Catholic Education expressed support for the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held the hearing on the issue, May 14, at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington.

“Today’s hearing is a welcomed first step in highlighting the transformative influence that parental choice can have in providing opportunities for students and their families,” said Sr. John Mary Fleming, executive director for Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Since its inception, the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (DC-OSP) has provided an educational lifeline for nearly 6,000 low-income families in the District of Columbia. The average family receiving a scholarship makes less than $22,000 per year; 97 percent of participating children are African American and/or Hispanic; and 88 percent of participating children live in zones where schools are designated as in need of improvement.

The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program was last reauthorized in the 2011 Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act (SOAR). The SOAR Act provides equal funding for the three-sector federal initiative that includes public schools in the District of Columbia, charter schools and the DC-OSP.

“The Catholic Church has unequivocally taught that parents have the right and responsibility to serve as the primary educators of their children. As the Second Vatican Council taught in its Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum Educationis, parents have the primary and inalienable right and duty to educate their children and must enjoy freedom in their choice of schools,” Sr. Fleming said.

In a March 30 letter, Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Education wrote to House and Senate appropriators urging them to support the full authorized funding of $60 million in the Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Services Appropriations Bill. The letter can be found at: www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catholic-education/public-policy/upload/DC-OSP-Approps-Ltr-House-March-2015.pdf, and

U.S. Bishops to meet June 10-12 in St. Louis, hear presentations on synod, family, strategic plan, encyclical themes  
Tuesday, May 12, 2015  4:24 PM
Washington, DC - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10-12, in St. Louis. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president, will present a summary to the bishops on the consultation of U.S. dioceses for the 2015 Synod on the Family. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., will give an update on the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which Pope Francis will attend on his September Apostolic Journey to the United States.

Alice and Jeffrey Heinzen of the Diocee of La Crosse, Wisconsin, will give one of three presentations by married couples on marriage and family. The Heinzens were observers to the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family. The other presenters are Lucia and Ricardo Luzondo, directors of Hispanic Outreach for Marriage Builders, and Claire and John Grabowski, Ph.D., members of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Curtis Martin, founder and CEO of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), will speak on messaging the Gospel to young people.

Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Communications, will unveil new digital resources available to U.S. bishops and dioceses. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, will lead a discussion on themes associated with the anticipated encyclical by Pope Francis on ecology. Archbishop Wenski will also give an update on a planned 2017 convocation by the Bishops’ Working Group on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, will present on the Conference’s marriage policy efforts ahead of the anticipated decision by the U.S Supreme Court. Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo, MSpS, of Seattle will give an update on USCCB’s ongoing work in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Bishop Elizondo, who chairs the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America and the Committee on Migration, will join Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, California, for an update on immigration reform.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houson, USCCB vice president, will provide an update on the work to update the bishops’ quadrennial statement on political responsibility, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the bishops’ liaison to World Youth Day, will give an update on World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, will report on the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Summit, to be held in St. Louis ahead of the bishops’ meeting.

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, USCCB secretary and chairman of the Committee on Priorities and Plans, along with Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans, secretary-elect, will lead a discussion on feedback on the bishops’ recommended priorities for the 2017-2020 planning cycle. The bishops will vote on the strategic priorities for the next planning cycle.

The bishops will also debate and vote on revised Canticles for the Liturgy of the Hours for use in U.S. dioceses and whether to seek renewal of a five-year recognitio from the Vatican for the Program of Priestly Formation, Fifth Edition.

Theology Institute planned, offered at Sacred Heart Monastery this weekend  
Monday, April 20, 2015  2:30 PM
The April 25 Theology Institute at Sacred Heart Monastery continues a three-year focus on topics related to the fiftieth anniversary of the Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council. Even as the council unfolded, it was clear that its impact reached beyond Catholics to all Christian churches.

That far-reaching impact will also be evident in Dr. Massimo Faggioli’s presentation, “The Liturgical Reform and the Church of Vatican II.” According to Faggioli, viewing Vatican II’s document on liturgical reform as merely rearranging external elements of Catholic worship misses a much larger point. He proposes that the 1963 Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy set the agenda for the council’s subsequent reflection on the nature of the church, thus influencing both subsequent documents and attempts at reform to the present.

Dr. Faggioli will clarify how Vatican II used the principles of a return to earliest Christian sources and an emphasis on reconciliation and unity. The return to sources sought not to simply repeat the ancient past, but to release its energy in new ways. One of those ways involved seeking dialogue and reconciliation among all Christians. These operating principles shaped the document on Catholic worship, but also led to Vatican II’s re-imaging the church as “the people of God,” a community embracing all who are baptized into Christian faith.

A native of Italy, Dr. Faggioli spent 12 years at the John XXIII Foundation in Bologna, Europe’s leading school for training church historians. His research led him into numerous archives in several European countries, as well as the Vatican, including archives limited to a small number of scholars. “For scholars, the archives are treasures,” states Faggioli. “If you want the whole picture, you must go there.” The historian of modern Catholicism and Vatican II earned his PhD at the University of Turin in 2002. Post-doctoral research fellowships at Laval University in Quebec and Boston College’s Jesuit Institute brought him to North America. Since 2009, he has served at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where he is an associate professor of theology.

“The monastery is very fortunate to have Dr. Faggioli as a speaker,” noted Sr. Marielle Frigge. “Our earlier presenter, retired Bishop Remi Do Roo, who participated in Vatican II, told us ‘If you ever want someone to speak on the council’s views on liturgy and church, Massimo Faggioli is your best source.’”

Sacred Heart Monastery will host “The Liturgical Reform and the Church of Vatican II” from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25. There is no charge, but pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. Call 605-668-600 or e-mail Sister Marielle Frigge at mfrigge@mtmc.edu by April 22.

Catholic Home Missions Appeal strengthens Church in the United States  
Monday, April 20, 2015  2:16 PM
WASHINGTON, DC -  The 2015 annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of April 25-26. This appeal helps to sustain nearly 45 percent of all dioceses and eparchies in rural, struggling areas in the country and in a number of U.S. territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.

Catholic Home Missions (CHM), Strengthening the Church at Home, helps to support evangelization, catechesis, seminarian education, lay ministry training, Hispanic ministry, and other pastoral programs for dioceses in need. The Appeal is a significant source of support to bolster domestic Catholic pastoral programs. “It can be surprising to hear about the great need of many of our dioceses here in the United States. For those who have never experienced life in a mission diocese it can be hard to imagine not having access to a priest or basic materials to teach the faith,” said Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Boise, Idaho, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions. “This collection supports our neighbors here at home and provides for their spiritual needs.”

Last year, the USCCB Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions approved more than $9 million in grants for 2015. The Diocese of Tucson, Arizona, is one of the 83 dioceses that received a grant. It is using CHM funds to provide basic catechesis materials to Spanish-speaking Catholics, to conduct a ministry program for deaf children and their families, and to support the work of a few priests on four Native American reservations serving over 24,000 people.

In the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, the Catholic population is less than 3 percent, and in rural areas, many priests serve three or four parishes. A grant from Catholic Home Missions funded St. Barnabas School in Birmingham, where the students are primarily African American and Hispanic and many are non-Catholic and from low-income families. The grant supports the school’s mission of providing high-quality education for all of its students, creates community, evangelizes, and helps bridge racial divides.

With a grant from Catholic Home Missions, the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, is training seven seminarians for the priesthood. They will return to the diocese to assist in evangelization efforts and pastoral tasks currently shared by only 36 active and 12 retired priests, across 14 counties, serving nearly 35,000 Catholics.

More information, including video, newsletters, and collection materials, can be found at www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/catholic-home-missions-appeal/index.cfm

Father Ralph O’Donnell named executive director of USCCB clergy, consecrated life and vocations  
Monday, April 20, 2015  2:07 PM
WASHINGTON, DC - Father Ralph B. O’Donnell has been appointed executive director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The appointment is effective July 1. Father O’Donnell, 45, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, and has served as associate director of the secretariat since the beginning of the year. He succeeds Father W. Shawn McKnight, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, who has served as executive director since 2010.

“Father O’Donnell brings a wonderful blend of experience to the work of supporting clergy and religious life, from his service as a pastor to his work in vocations, the permanent diaconate and seminary formation. This will be a great benefit to the Conference, especially as the Church observes a year dedicated to the gifts of men and women religious,” said Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, USCCB general secretary, who made the appointment.

Father O’Donnell holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri (1993), a master’s of divinity from St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois (1997) and a master’s in spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha (2000). He was ordained on June 7, 1997. After ordination, he has served as associate pastor of Mary Our Queen Parish (1997-2001) and St. Vincent de Paul Parish (2001-2003) in Omaha, chaplain of the Omaha chapter of Legatus (2001-2011), vocation director for the Archdiocese of Omaha (2003-2008), pastor of St. Bridget and St. Rose Parishes in Omaha (2008-2011), director of the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of Omaha (2008-2011), vice rector/dean of students for Conception Seminary College (2011-2015).

The USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations assists the bishops in promoting, supporting and educating about the Church’s pastoral needs and concerns for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. The committee, which is currently chaired by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina, develops foundational documents and appropriate resources that promote the effective ministry of priests, religious and vocations. It also plays a lead role in the United States promoting the Year of Consecrated Life, which began November 30, 2014, and will close on World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.

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