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Pope Francis’s Love Letter Invites Deeper Reflection on the Beauty of Marriage and Christ’s Teaching, USCCB President Says  
Monday, April 18, 2016  12:32 PM
Washington, D.C. - Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family. Pope Francis’ “love letter to families” invites everyone to grow as members of the family of God, Archbishop Kurtz said April 8.

The full text of his remarks follow.

A Statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville,
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Today I joyfully welcome Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), the much anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis.

The pope has given us a love letter to families—a love letter inviting all of us, and especially married couples and families, to never stop growing in love. It is also a love letter calling the Church, the family of God, to realize more and more her mission to live and love as a family.

Pope Francis is calling us to enter more deeply into the beauty of marriage and Christ's teaching. From the opening lines of Genesis to the closing chapter of Revelation, and throughout the Gospels, God speaks eloquently to us about the joys and challenges of marriage and family life.

The Holy Father is giving us an active opportunity to reflect upon how each of us can belong more deeply to Christ. The Joy of Love is inviting us to share the treasure and medicine of Jesus. The teaching of Jesus inspires us to live out God's hope for us, and the mercy of Jesus heals and sustains us when we fall short. Let us remember that no obstacle is too big for Christ to overcome.

I encourage all to read and reflect on how the words of Pope Francis can be applied in our lives, in our families, and in our society. I am grateful once again to our Holy Father for encouraging and leading us in our call to encounter Jesus ever more deeply, especially in the great gift of family life, and to be His missionary disciples in the world. 

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family Welcomed by USCCB Family Life Committee Chairman  
Monday, April 18, 2016  12:30 PM
Washington, D.C. - Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), released April 8, brings “a rich reflection on the mission of the family and on how the Church can equip couples to embrace God’s vision for marriage and can offer healing for families who are struggling,” said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

“We welcome this teaching from Pope Francis as the fruit of the synodal process started by him more than two years ago—a process that has inspired in our Church, and indeed all over the world, a renewed attention to the importance of marriage and the family for all of society,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee. “I encourage all Catholics, especially those living the vocation of marriage and family life, to take time to read and study the exhortation as a pastoral guide to the great calling of marriage in the Lord.”

Bishop Malone called the exhortation “an inspirational aid for the clergy and laity who generously accompany couples as they prepare for marriage and throughout their married life, in both their joys and difficulties.”

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia is the culmination of a synodal process called for by Pope Francis in 2013. The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met in October 2014 on the theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” In October 2015, the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops built on the first synod by examining the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.” Bishops, clergy, religious and lay people at both synods, together with Pope Francis, addressed a wide array of topics that concern marriage and family life today.

More information is available at www.usccb.org/amoris-laetitia. Amoris Laetitia is available for purchase online: http://store.usccb.org/Post-Synodal-Apostolic-Exhortation-on-the-Family-p/7-540.htm


Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Appointment of Archbishop Pierre as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States  
Thursday, April 14, 2016  4:34 PM
Washington, D.C. - Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, titular archbishop of Gunela, as the new apostolic nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Pierre, 70, has served as nuncio to Mexico since 2007 and succeeds Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who has held the post since 2011 and reached the retirement age of 75 in January.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the April 12 appointment:

“On behalf of my brother bishops in the United States, I extend Archbishop Pierre a heartfelt greeting and my prayerful support as he embarks on his service to our country. A shared closeness with the Church in Mexico already creates a strong fraternal bond between us. With fond affection, allow me to also thank Archbishop Viganò for his selfless contributions to the life of the Church in the United States.”

Christophe Pierre was born January 30, 1946 in Rennes, France. He was ordained a priest in 1970 and has previously served as nuncio to Haiti (1995-1999) and Uganda (1999-2007). An apostolic nuncio is the pope’s personal representative in a country that has full diplomatic relations with the Holy See.


Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty Releases Video on Meaning of Religious Freedom, Features Little Sisters of the Poor  
Thursday, April 14, 2016  4:32 PM
Highlights Dignitatis Humanae, Church teaching on religious liberty
Little Sisters of the Poor wait for U.S. Supreme Court decision
Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4, will highlight ‘Witnesses to Freedom’

Washington, D.C. -
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty has released a new video on religious freedom. “The Right to Religious Freedom” explores the foundations of Church teaching on religious liberty, including the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council document, Dignitatis Humanae.

The video also highlights the Little Sisters of the Poor, who serve the elderly poor in nursing homes across the United States. The Little Sisters and many other non-profit ministries of service await a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on their challenge to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) mandate to cover contraception, sterilization and abortifacients.

“Religious freedom is foundational to our Church and to American society,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee. “One of the key documents of the Second Vatican Council was Dignitatis Humanae, which explained the reasons for the importance of religious freedom. This video makes clear that the Little Sisters’ case must be viewed within the context of the Church’s deep commitment to the right of every person to have the ability to practice their faith and choose what is right, free of government interference.”

The Supreme Court has requested additional briefs from the federal government and from the challengers to the HHS mandate. The Court is expected to rule sometime in June. The bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom takes place June 21-July 4. This year’s theme is “Witnesses to Freedom” and will include a nationwide tour of relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, martyrs of the English reformation. The Fortnight will also highlight stories of several people of faith from around the world.

The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpPh6ymIhjg, on the USCCB’s religious freedom home page at www.usccb.org/freedom and at www.Fortnight4Freedom.org.


Public and area religious youth groups invited to Mount Marty College’s Stations of the Cross and Holy Youth Night  
Monday, March 14, 2016  2:51 PM
Yankton - Mount Marty College (MMC) in Yankton will offer a dramatic presentation of the Stations of the Cross, open to the public, and Holy Youth Night in March. The project gathers the community of faith together during Holy Week, the last week of the Lenten season for a time of reflection and prayer in anticipation of Easter Sunday.

On March 22 and 23, in Marian Auditorium, MMC Theatre will present its fifth annual Stations of the Cross dramatic presentation, including a sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy with piano, bass, and cello accompaniment, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30, and the public is invited to attend.

Local religious education groups (grades 8 and up) are invited to attend MMC’s first-ever Holy Youth Night on Wednesday, March 23. Visiting youth will enjoy a welcome and pizza in the Welcome Center, located in the lower level of the Roncalli Student Center, at 6 p.m. before attending the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. The Eucharistic Adoration, led by Fr. Steven Jones, pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Tabor, will immediately follow the Stations, and the Benediction will close the evening at 8:15 p.m.

MMC Theatre’s Stations of the Cross is free, and the running time is 25 minutes.

Holy Youth Night is available free of charge for area religious youth, and groups are asked to RSVP for the pizza portion of the evening via email to events@mtmc.edu by March 18. For more information, call 605-668-1533 or 605-668-1286.

An annual tradition at Mount Marty College, the Stations of the Cross presentation is under the direction of Andy Henrickson, Director of Theatre, with Design and Technical Direction by James Hovland, and costuming by Dawn Ferris. The project is a cooperative effort between MMC Theatre, Campus Ministries, Office of Events and Outreach, and the Benedictine Institute of Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice.

Mount Marty College, located in Yankton, South Dakota, is a Catholic, Benedictine, coeducational institute of higher learning founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Yankton, South Dakota. In keeping with the Benedictine tradition, the college exists as a community of learners. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of each person as a complete human being with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills, and a composite of moral, spiritual, and social values. With an enrollment of over 1,100 students on all three campuses and approximately 600 students located on the Yankton campus, Mount Marty College is the region’s premier institution for higher learning. To learn more about Mount Marty College visit www.mtmc.edu.
 

Mount Marty College celebrates inauguration of President Marcus Long, Ph.D., with inauguration Mass and installation  
Monday, March 14, 2016  11:07 AM
Yankton – Mount Marty College (MMC) in Yankton will celebrate the inauguration of the college’s 11th president, Marcus Long, Ph.D., on Wednesday, March 30, with the inauguration Mass and Installation.

Long was selected for the position of president by the Mount Marty College Board of Trustees and approved by the Sacred Heart Monastery Council after a nationwide search. He joined MMC as president on July 15, 2015, after 20 years serving in higher education at two other institutions.

From 2007 to 2015, Long served as vice president of marketing and communications, chief of staff to the president and vice president of administration at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, located within the Washington University Medical Center. Prior to that, he was a member of the senior public affairs team at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Long received bachelor’s degrees in political science and history and a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri. He currently serves on the boards of the Signature Healthcare Foundation, the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities and the Great Plains Athletic Association. The MMC Board of Trustees noted that Long’s family ties to the Yankton area, commitment to his Catholic faith and wide-ranging experiences make him an excellent fit for the presidency at MMC.

The public is invited to attend the Inauguration Mass and Installation at 10 a.m. at Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel, led by Most Reverend Paul Swain, Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

For more information about the Inauguration Mass and Installation, please contact the Office of the President at 605-668-1514 or email events@mtmc.edu.

Mount Marty College, located in Yankton, South Dakota, is a Catholic, Benedictine, coeducational institute of higher learning founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Yankton, South Dakota. In keeping with the Benedictine tradition, the college exists as a community of learners. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of each person as a complete human being with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills and a composite of moral, spiritual and social values. With an enrollment of more than 1,100 students on all three campuses and approximately 600 students located on the Yankton campus, Mount Marty College is the region’s premier institution for higher learning. To learn more about Mount Marty College, visit mtmc.edu.
 

Mount Marty College celebrates Benedictine Awareness Week  
Monday, March 14, 2016  11:02 AM
Yankton – Mount Marty College (MMC) will celebrate Benedictine Awareness Week from March 14 to 18 with special events for faculty, staff and students aimed at promoting the Catholic Benedictine college’s mission of seeking God and service.

Each day begins with prayer in the Oratory at 8 a.m., followed by various activities:

• March 14 features a Welcome Back Social for students from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m., as well as a college-wide food drive for the Yankton Food Bank.

• March 15 events include an invitation-only New Employee Mission Values Lunch at noon and rosary in Peace Chapel at 9:30 p.m.

• Mass in the Oratory takes place at 10 a.m. on March 16, immediately followed by Stations of the Cross. Evening events include Prayer & Subs with Sisters at 5 and Coffeehouse (Emily Earle) at the Bistro at 8.

• A noon forum by Dr. Jan Hausmann on March 17 will discuss “18th-century Love Stories in Novels and Films.” Students and staff can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with shamrock cookies and green ice cream. Also, the second annual Day of Calling — when MMC students, faculty and staff volunteer their time to call alumni for scholarship support — takes place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• The week’s activities conclude on March 18 with morning prayer. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear MMC gold and blue.

“As a Benedictine school, Mount Marty guides students through faith and service, to provide them with a college journey filled with meaning and support,” says MMC President Marc Long. “We fulfill the Benedictine mission through work and prayer, seeking God while we meet the needs of the community.”

To learn more about St. Benedictine and Benedictine Awareness Week events, visit mtmc.edu/benedictine-awareness.

Mount Marty College, located in Yankton, South Dakota, is a Catholic, Benedictine, coeducational institute of higher learning founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Yankton, South Dakota. In keeping with the Benedictine tradition, the college exists as a community of learners. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of each person as a complete human being with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills and a composite of moral, spiritual and social values. With an enrollment of more than 1,100 students on all three campuses and approximately 600 students located on the Yankton campus, Mount Marty College is the region’s premier institution for higher learning. To learn more about Mount Marty College, visit mtmc.edu.


 

USCCB president urges support for petition to stop Christian genocide  
Monday, March 14, 2016  9:34 AM
Washington,. D.C. - The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, issued an urgent call, March 14, to support a petition to stop genocide in the Middle East and convince the U.S. Department of State to include Christians in any formal declaration of genocide.

The call to action was issued days before the U.S. Department of State is expected to make a decision on the issue, and as a congressional resolution gains support in Congress.

“For months, the Catholic Church has been a voice for Christians and other religious minorities facing the evil of deadly persecution,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “Please, make sure your name is added to the witness. The very future of the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East is at stake.”

The petition is available at: www.stopthechristiangenocide.org.

Archbishop Kurtz’ full statement follows:

Join Me in the Pledge to Stop Christian Genocide
A Statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville,
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Today, the people of God must speak up for our brothers and sisters facing genocide in the Middle East. I urge every Catholic to sign the petition at www.stopthechristiangenocide.org. As a people of faith, we must convince the United States Department of State to include Christians in any formal declaration of genocide.

For months, the Catholic Church has been a voice for Christians and other religious minorities facing the evil of deadly persecution. Now, the State Department is expected to make a decision within days. A resolution, H. Con. Res. 75, is also gaining bipartisan support in Congress. Please, make sure your name is added to the witness. The very future of the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East is at stake.

I am grateful to my brother bishops, the Knights of Columbus and all the faithful who have struggled to keep a focus on suffering Christians in the national debate. Rest assured of my continued prayers and support.

With each passing day, the roll of modern martyrs grows. While we rejoice in their ultimate victory over death through the power of Jesus’ love, we must also help our fellow Christians carry the Cross of persecution and, as much as possible, help relieve their suffering. By doing so, the Middle East and the world will be made safer for people of every faith to live in peace.


March Day of Recollection planned  
Friday, March 11, 2016  4:44 PM
March 15, Mercy in Action: The Corporal & Spiritual Works

Directed by Monsignor Richard Mahowald

Upon announcing the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis said, "It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty."

During this day of prayer, Monsignor Mahowald will help us reflect on these works and find ways we can put them into action during this special Year of Mercy so as to live more as desciples of Jesus Christ.

Beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 3 p.m., the schedule for the day includes Mass, talks, time for Confession, quiet time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, great food and wonderful conversation. Please bring your Bible.

For more information or to register please call (605) 263-1040, email broomtree@sfcatholic.org or visit our website.

www.broom-tree.org



Pope Francis names Dallas Auxiliary Bishop Deshotel as Bishop of Lafayette, Louisiana, accepts resignation of Bishop Jarrell  
Wednesday, February 17, 2016  1:17 PM
Washington, D.C. - Pope Francis has named Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, 64, as bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, and accepted the resignation of Bishop C. Michael Jarrell, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese. Bishop Deshotel has served as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Dallas since 2010.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, February 17, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

John Douglas Deshotel was born in Kinder, Louisiana, January 6, 1952. He attended the University of Dallas, where he earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Dallas on May 13, 1978.

Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, St. Patrick Parish, Dallas, 1978-1980; parochial vicar, St. Anthony Parish, Longview, Texas, 1980-1982; parochial vicar, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, 1982-1983; parochial vicar, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Longview, 1983-1988; pastor, St. William Parish, Greenville, Texas, 1988-1992; pastor, St. John Nepomucene Parish, Ennis, Texas, 1992-1995; and pastor, St. Luke Parish, Irving, Texas, 1995-2001.

He also served as vice-rector, Holy Trinity Seminary, Irving, 2001-2005; pastor, St. Monica and St. Juan Diego Parish, Dallas, 2006-2008; pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Richardson, Texas, 2008-2012; and vicar general and moderator of the curia, 2008-present. Other responsibilities include the diocesan prebyteral council, priest’s personnel board and diocesan review board. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him an auxiliary bishop of Dallas on March 11, 2010. He was ordained a bishop April 27 of that year.

Charles Michael Jarrell was born May 15, 1940 in Opelousas, Louisiana, and ordained a priest of Lafayette, Louisiana, on June 3, 1967. Pope John Paul II named him bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, on December 29, 1992. He was ordained a bishop March 4, 1993. He has served as bishop of Lafayette since 2002.

The Diocese of Lafayette comprises 5,777 square miles in the State of Louisiana. It has a total population of 602,334 people, of who 273,428, or 45 percent, are Catholic. 

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