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Pope Francis names Bishop Pazak as head of Phoenix Eparchy; Bishops Skurla, Warduni as Apostolic Administrators  
Tuesday, May 17, 2016  1:38 PM
Washington, DC - Pope Francis has named Bishop John Stephen Pazak, of the Eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius, in Toronto, Canada, as bishop of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, Arizona, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Gerald Dino, 76, from the pastoral governance of that diocese.

John Stephen Pazak was born August 13, 1946, in Gary, Indiana. He was professed a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1965, and was ordained a priest in 1972. He was named Bishop of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto, Canada, in 2000, and ordained bishop in 2001.

Pope Francis also named Archbishop William Skurla of the Byzantine Archeparchy of Pittsburg, as apostolic administrator of the Byzantine Eparchy of Parma, Ohio, and accepted the resignation of Bishop John Kudrick.

Pope Francis also accepted the resignation of Bishop Sarhad Y. Jammo, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, San Diego, California, and appointed Bishop Shlemon Warduni, auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Babylon, as the apostolic administrator of the eparchy.

The appointments were publicized in Washington, May 7, by Msgr. Walter Erbì, chargé d' affaires of the Nunciature of the United States.

Both, the Byzantine Eparchy of Parma and the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, are now sede vacante until new bishops are appointed.

The Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix includes 2,706 persons and embraces all Byzantine-Ruthenian Rite Catholics in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

USCCB President reacts to Supreme Court HHS mandate decision  
Tuesday, May 17, 2016  12:11 PM
Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion in the case of Zubik v. Burwell, in which Catholic and other religious organizations are challenging the HHS mandate requiring them to facilitate health insurance coverage of sterilization, contraception, and drugs and devices that may cause abortions.

The Court unanimously vacated the decisions before it, remanding the cases to the lower courts with instructions to afford the parties the opportunity to work out an alternative approach to the mandate. In the meantime, the Court forbade the government from imposing taxes or penalties on the organizations for failure to provide the required “notice” and “certification” or otherwise to trigger the “accommodation.”

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered the following statement in response:

I am encouraged by today’s unanimous decision of the Supreme Court. It wipes away the bad decisions that so many of our charitable ministries were appealing, it maintains hope that we might resolve this dispute finally and favorably sometime in the future, and in the meantime, it prevents the Administration from issuing crippling fines against those who object.

I take this occasion to reiterate the unity and resolve that the bishops of the United States have expressed repeatedly in opposition to the HHS mandate, such as in their Special Message from 2013 and their statement “United for Religious Freedom” from 2012. I also recall the encouragement that we have received from Pope Francis in this regard during his recent apostolic visit to the United States, first by his remarks at the White House, and then by his personal visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Speaking about religious liberty from the White House in September, Pope Francis said “that freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.”

In light of this, USCCB will continue its opposition to the HHS mandate in all three branches of government. We are grateful to the Supreme Court for the opportunity to continue that effort. We remain convinced that, as a nation, we do not wish to push people of faith and their ministries out of charitable work – under threat of severe government fines – or leave freedom of religion protected only in private worship.

National Cancer Survivor Day celebration to be held at Lakeview Lawn Bowling Greens  
Tuesday, May 17, 2016  12:10 PM
Avera Cancer Institute Mitchell invites all cancer survivors and their families to the annual National Cancer Survivors Day event on Thursday, June 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lakeview Lawn Bowling Greens.

Enjoy a free meal provided by the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation, the opportunity for fellowship, and a chance to try lawn bowling.

“From the moment you hear a diagnosis of cancer, you become a survivor. In celebration of the strength, courage, and spirit of cancer patients, we invite them and their loved ones to join us,” said Kathleen Naegele, DO.

For more information, call the Avera Cancer Institute in Mitchell at 995-5756.

The Lakeview Lawn Bowling Greens are located at 3300 N. Ohlman St. in Mitchell.

USCCB chairmen respond to administration’s new guidance letter on Title IX application  
Monday, May 16, 2016  10:47 AM
Washington, DC - Two Committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement in response to guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education entitled “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students”:

The Catholic Church consistently affirms the inherent dignity of each and every human person and advocates for the wellbeing of all people, particularly the most vulnerable. Especially at a young age and in schools, it is important that our children understand the depth of God’s love for them and their intrinsic worth and beauty. Children should always be and feel safe and secure and know they are loved.

The guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education that treats “a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex” is deeply disturbing. The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that “the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created” (Amoris Laetitia [AL], no. 285).

Children, youth, and parents in these difficult situations deserve compassion, sensitivity, and respect. All of these can be expressed without infringing on legitimate concerns about privacy and security on the part of the other young students and parents. The federal regulatory guidance issued on May 13 does not even attempt to achieve this balance. It unfortunately does not respect the ongoing political discussion at the state and local levels and in Congress, or the broader cultural discussion, about how best to address these sensitive issues. Rather, the guidance short-circuits those discussions entirely.

As Pope Francis has recently indicated, “‘biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated’” (AL, no. 56, emphasis added). We pray that the government make room for more just and compassionate approaches and policies in this sensitive area, in order to serve the good of all students and parents, as well as the common good. We will be studying the guidance further to understand the full extent of its implications.

The statement was issued by Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and Archbishop George Lucas, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education.

Pope Francis names Texas priest as Bishop of Tulsa, accepts resignation of Bishop Edward Slattery  
Friday, May 13, 2016  2:08 PM
Washington, DC- Pope Francis has named Father David Konderla, 55, as bishop of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward Slattery, 75, from the pastoral governance of that diocese. Father Konderla is a priest of the Diocese of Austin, Texas.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, May 13, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

David Konderla was born June 3, 1960, in Bryan, Texas. He attended the Holy Trinity Seminary of the University of Dallas, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history. He also pursued studies at St. Mary’s Seminary of St. Thomas University, Houston, earning a master’s degree in divinity. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Austin on June 3, 1995.

Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, St. Louis Catholic Church, Austin, Texas, 1995-1997; parochial vicar, St. Luke Catholic Church, Temple, Texas, 1997; parochial vicar, St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, 1997-2001; vocations director, Diocese of Austin, 2001-2005; pastor and director of Campus Ministry, St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, 2005- present.

Other diocesan assignments include: member, priests’ personnel board, 2004-2011; member, vocations team, 2006; member, presbyteral council (2008-present) and interim presbyteral council (2010); member, College of Consultors, Austin, Texas.

Bishop Edward J. Slattery was born August 11, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, and was ordained a priest of Chicago, Illinois, on April 26, 1966. Pope John Paul II named him bishop of Tulsa on November 11, 1993. He was ordained a bishop on January 6, 1994 and was installed six days later.

The Diocese of Tulsa covers 26,417 square miles in the state of Oklahoma. It has a total population of 1,650,000 of which 64,658 or four percent, are Catholic.

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.

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