Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of Lafayette, Indiana, chairman of the bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of Richmond, Virginia, met with three survivors of clergy sexual abuse late June 12.
During the June 11-13 spring assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, it was clear the bishops had to respond to the sexual abuse crisis in the church -- and on the last day of their gathering they approved a series of procedures to begin this process.
A mix of generations, including students from the 1960s and Dominican Sisters of Houston who taught, enjoyed a bittersweet reunion May 29 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School closing after 77 years because of low enrollment and financial issues.
Developing thriving young adult ministry programs designed to speak to the needs and spiritual growth of those ages 18 to 39 became more important. Now, in places like the Archdiocese, they’re a vibrant array of lectures, meet-ups, discussion groups and prayer sessions. And one of the most popular is the annual Café Catholica series.
Few people would bring in their 72nd birthday by embarking on a 500-mile journey across Europe. Deacon Jack Alexander is doing just this for his birthday on Sept. 12 — day eight of his 500-mile pilgrimage walking El Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James. This will be Deacon Alexander’s third time walking, but the first time he will complete the full 500-mile stretch.
When it comes to forming Catholics in their faith or those who are searching for a church home, the Church recognizes that catechesis needs to be preceded by evangelization — going beyond head knowledge to the conversion of the heart. This draws people into a realization of the divine activity already in their lives through an encounter with Jesus Christ.
Graduation has come and for high school seniors, this is the summit of their childhood education. This summer these seniors will pack their bags and prepare to tackle their next climb — college, careers and life beyond high school.
One year when the retreat fell on my birthday, a team member who was an artist by hobby gave me a sketch he had drawn as a birthday gift. It was an image of a man at a potter’s wheel. I kept the sketch in a place where I could periodically pause and pray with it.
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