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Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, steps down from Chair of Committee on Catholic Education amidst treatment for Leukemia; Bishop John M. Quinn of Winona to serve as Chair of the Committee

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Bishop John M. Quinn to serve as Chair of the USCCB's Committee on Catholic Education. The appointment was made following the resignation of Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, previous chair of the committee, after his diagnosis with a form of acute Leukemia.

"Our most heartfelt prayers are with Bishop Murry and his loved ones," Cardinal DiNardo said. "We ask all people of faith to join us in praying for his full recovery. I am grateful to Bishop Quinn for his dedication and commitment to now lead the work of the Committee on Catholic Education."

Bishop Quinn will serve as chair of the committee for the remainder of Bishop Murry's term. Bishop Quinn currently serves as a consultant member of the Committee on Catholic Education.  He has been a member of the Committee on Catholic Education since 2012 and served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service from 2012 to 2017.

John M. Quinn was born December 17, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. He was ordained a priest on March 17, 1972, an Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit on August 12, 2003, and Bishop of Winona-Rochester on December 11, 2008. Bishop Quinn holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; a Master of Divinity from St. John's Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; a master's degree in religious studies and master's degree in systematic theology from the University of Detroit/Mercy; and an honorary doctorate of education from Saint Mary's University in Winona.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Bishop George V. Murry S.J., John M. Quinn, Committee on Catholic Education

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Media Contact:

Judy Keane

202-541-3200

Help Spread the Gospel Through the Catholic Communication Campaign, May 12-13

WASHINGTON—The annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will be taken in many dioceses across the United States on the weekend of May 12-13. This annual national appeal supports efforts in the United States and around the world to use the media, internet, and print publications to help people connect with Christ.

"Through the Holy Spirit we have the courage and wisdom to share the gospel message with our brothers and sisters here at home and around the world," said Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington, chairman of the Committee on Communications' Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign. "Our call to spread the Gospel is answered through our support of this collection. By our generosity, people around the world have the resources to bring the presence of Christ to the margins."

Fifty percent of funds collected remain in each diocese to support local communications efforts. The other half is used to support national projects in the United States and in developing countries around the world.

For example, in Nigeria, in West Africa, the Diocese of Makurdi is home to nearly 1 million Catholics. They are often poor and live off the food they are able to farm. Despite these challenges, they worship in 70 parishes and 3,000 village churches across the diocese. But going to Mass is often difficult because they speak many different local languages and do not always understand the language spoken. With the support of a CCC grant, the diocese has bridged these language barriers by recording liturgical music and the Psalms in local languages by local choirs. Now people can go to Mass and understand what is being sung and join fully in the liturgy.

The Subcommittee oversees the collection and an annual grants program as part of the USCCB Committee on Communications. Shareable resources for the collection are available online. More information about the Catholic Communication Campaign can be found at www.usccb.org/ccc.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Collection, Bishop Joseph J. Tyson, Committee on Communications, Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign, Gospel, charity, media, internet, print

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Judy Keane

202-541-3200

V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry; Taking Place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas; Gathering of Catholic Bishops and Delegates from Across U.S.

WASHINGTON—This September, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening a gathering of more than 3,000 delegates from across the U.S. for the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry with the theme, "Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God's Love."

The event will be a crucial turning-point for the Catholic Church in America and its response to the growing numbers of Latino Catholics in the United States. The four-day event will focus on discerning ways in which the Church in the U.S. can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence and strengthen the ways in which Hispanics/Latinos respond to the call to missionary discipleship. It will be led by U.S. bishops and delegates in diocesan leadership roles from across the country as well as leaders of Catholic ecclesial movements and Catholic organizations and institutions.

As a priority activity of the USCCB's Strategic Plan for 2017-2020, the event is the culmination of a two-year process of evangelization, mission and consultation through a series of Regional and Diocesan Encuentro's held thus far in 9 regions and 143 U.S. dioceses. So far, the Regional and Diocesan Encuentro's have had more than 51,000 leaders participate, and more than 26,000 people have been trained as missionary disciples.

Currently, Latinos make up 40 percent of the 74 million self-identifying Catholics in the United States, based on a weighted average of recent surveys from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Pew Research Center, adjusted by a proprietary model of the V Encuentro Research Team to include the imputed affiliation of children who were not included in the surveys.

Bishop Michael F. Olson of the Diocese of Fort Worth will be hosting the national event that will be held in Grapevine, Texas, from September 20-23.

Please note that advanced media registration is required. Onsite registration will not be available.

Credentialed media will have access to the V Encuentro main plenary hall during the dates of Sept 20-23. Media will not have access to the V Encuentro's individual breakout sessions. All credentialed media are required to abide by regulations of the hotel or risk losing their credentials.

Reporters seeking to cover the V Encuentro must fill out and submit the following media credential application found here in English and Spanish. A media center will also be available on-site for journalists. Main stage events of the Encuentro will also be livestreamed on www.usccb.org.

The deadline for submitting the press credential application form is September 13, 2018.

Media inquiries and interview requests in advance of the event, can be arranged by contacting Judy Keane or Miguel Guilarte or by contacting USCCB media relations at media-relations@usccb.org.

For more details about the V National Encuentro, please visit https://vencuentro.org/.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry, Bishop Michael F. Olson, Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, missionary discipleship, Church in the United States, Hispanic/Latino minister, Regional Encuentros. Catholic Leaders, Witnesses of God's Love, evangelization.

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Judy Keane

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Miguel Guilarte

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announce Publishing of 50th Anniversary Edition of Blessed Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae

WASHINGTON—In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae (On the Regulation of Birth), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is making available a special 50th anniversary edition that includes reflections from succeeding popes on the prophetic teaching that honors the spiritual and sensory elements found in conjugal love.

Recognizing the fullness of the marital union as total, faithful, and exclusive, the encyclical proclaims the path of grace and true happiness for married couples under the abiding yoke of Christ. Originally published in 1968, Blessed Paul VI's letter promotes the whole human person in the context of marital love that respects both the spiritual and physical dimensions of man and woman. Considering the human person as a whole, it also presents the practical social implications if the document's conclusions—based on the full respect of the totality of persons—are ignored.

This 50th anniversary edition includes the full encyclical, with excerpts from Blessed Paul VI's successors affirming the teachings of Humanae Vitae. Also included are selections from the 1968 US Catholic bishops' statement, Human Life in Our Day.

The 50th anniversary edition of Humanae Vitae can be ordered online at http://store.usccb.org/humanae-vitae-50th-anniversary-edition-p/7-596.htm.

Additional books and resources pertaining to marriage and family life, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Vatican, ministry and more can be found by visiting the USCCB's online bookstore at https://store.usccb.org/.
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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae (On the Regulation of Birth), 50th Anniversary, Papal Encyclical, conjugal love, marital union, artificial birth control, Human Life in Our Day

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Media Contacts:

Judy Keane

202-541-3200

Miguel Guilarte

202-541-3202

Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, steps down from Chair of Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism amidst treatment for Leukemia; Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux to serve as Chair

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux to serve as Chair of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. The appointment was made following the resignation of Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, previous Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee, after his diagnosis with a form of acute Leukemia.

"Our most heartfelt prayers are with Bishop Murry and his loved ones," Cardinal DiNardo said. "We ask all people of faith to join us in praying for his full recovery. I am grateful to Bishop Fabre for his dedication and commitment to now lead the work of the Ad Hoc Committee."

Bishop Fabre will serve as Chair of the committee for the remainder of Bishop Murry's term. Bishop Fabre currently serves as Chair of the USCCB Subcommittee on African American Affairs. He has been a member of that committee since 2010 and a member of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church since 2013.

Shelton J. Fabre was born October 25, 1963 in New Roads, Louisiana. He was ordained a priest on August 5, 1989, an Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans on February 28, 2007, and Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux on September 23, 2013. Bishop Fabre is a 4th Degree Knight of St. Peter Claver and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Bishop George V. Murry S.J., Shelton J. Fabre, Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane

202-541-3200

USCCB Looks Forward to Working with White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative

WASHINGTON–Yesterday, on the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an Executive Order announcing the establishment of the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative.

Jonathan Reyes, Ph.D., USCCB Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development, stated the following:

"We look forward to working with the White House on its Faith and Opportunity Initiative. Overcoming poverty and challenging other social problems like the opioid crisis takes all hands-on deck. The faith community has collaborated with government partners in this country at the federal, state, and local levels for a very long time.  We pray that we will continue to have the freedom and the space to serve the least of these, as the Gospel mandates."


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Keywords: USCCB, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, President Donald Trump, White House, Faith and Opportunity Initiative, Jonathan Reyes, freedom to serve, National Day of Prayer, faith community, poverty, opioid crisis, freedom

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Judy Keane

202-541-3200

Bishop Chairmen, Ecumenical and Interfaith Leaders Strongly Support Legislation Keeping Kids First in Adoption and Foster Care

WASHINGTON—At the start of National Foster Care Month, three bishop chairmen, faith leaders, and numerous nonprofit organizations sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady urging the committee to give a high priority to the enactment of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017 (H.R. 1881) this year.

The Inclusion Act protects child welfare providers from being discriminated against by federal or state government entities due to the providers' religious beliefs or moral convictions.

The letter states that "keeping kids first involves protecting the birth mother's choice to place the child with the family she feels is best," and it quotes a birth mother who chose to work with a Christian adoption agency "because their values match mine."

The letter continues: "At a time when the opioid crisis is driving more children into foster care and adoption, we need all available agencies to assist with placing vulnerable children in stable homes.  Faith-based agencies in particular excel at recruiting good families who can provide stability for children in crisis; that excellence is propelled by both the faith-driven mission of these agencies as well as their connections to houses of worship where they can recruit prospective foster and adoptive parents."

Signatories from Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities USA, Buckner International, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Assemblies of God, Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and many other organizations concerned about the freedom of adoption and foster care providers to serve children in need of loving homes joined Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, in signing the letter.

A link to the letter can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Support-for-the-Child-Welfare-Provider-Inclusion-Act-of-2017-HR-1881.pdf.

A backgrounder is available at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/upload/Backgrounder-Inclusion-Act-2017.pdf.

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Keywords: Bishop Frank Dewane, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bishop James Conley, USCCB, Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, adoption, foster care, keep kids first, freedom to serve, National Foster Care Month

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Judy Keane
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National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea, May 22

 WASHINGTON—The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea will be celebrated on May 22. The day is observed in conjunction with National Maritime Day in the United States of America, which has been celebrated since 1933 to honor those who serve as merchant mariners and to recognize the benefits of the maritime industry.

Most Reverend Brendan J. Cahill, S.T.D, Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria, Texas, and Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) promoter, is encouraging dioceses to mark the national day by remembering the men and women of the sea in homilies and by including special petitions during Mass. When Mass is celebrated on May 22, the text for the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, is also encouraged.

Bishop Cahill will celebrate a Mass in observance of Maritime Day on Saturday, May 19, at 12:10 p.m., in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. The Mass is sponsored by the AOS national office and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church.

Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), is a worldwide Catholic maritime ministry that engages with seafarers, fishers, their families, port personnel and all who work or travel on the high seas, regardless of race, color or creed. The maritime ministry shows the Church's care and concern to seafarers who are often away from home for many months because of the nature of their work and lifestyle. A network of AOS port offices and Catholic chaplains provide spiritual and practical assistance that accommodate a seafarer's unique lifestyle and needs.

In the message addressed to chaplains, volunteers, friends and supporters of the Apostleship of the Sea, on Sea Sunday July 9, 2017, Cardinal Peter Appia Kodwo Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Service, said, "In our daily lives, we are surrounded by and use many objects and products that at some stage of their journey towards us have been transported on vessels. It is difficult for us to imagine behind these objects the faces of the many seafarers who have secured a smooth sailing for the vessel to deliver these commodities to the port safely. We are invited to recognize and express our gratitude to this force of more than 1.5 million seafarers, who with their hard work and sacrifices are making our life more comfortable by transporting, between nations and across the seven seas, almost 90 per cent of the goods."

In the United States, AOS is present in 53 maritime ports in 26 states and in 48 dioceses. Priest chaplains, deacons, religious and lay people extend hospitality by providing a "home away from home" for seafarers. AOS has 10 Stella Maris centers, and over 100 chaplains and pastoral teams, including priests, religious, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers providing many services including: Mass, communion, confession and other sacraments, assistance to seafarers in distress, ship visits, transportation to visit business centers, a place to relax while on the port, computers with internet connection at the center, cell phones and phone cards as well as facilitating seafarers' access to services that others provide.

As we work and serve to protect the rights of those working at sea, let us join our prayers with that of Pope Francis, entrusting sailors, fishermen, and all those in difficulty on the seas far away from home, to the motherly protection of Mary, Star of the Sea.

More information is available at: http://www.usccb.org/aos.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Apostleship of the Sea, AOS, Bishop Brendan J. Cahill, seafarers, fishers, port personnel, people of the sea, merchant mariner, fisherman, maritime personnel, ministry, National Maritime Day

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Media Contact:

Judy Keane

202-541-3200


Request for Proposals for Annual Audit of Dioceses and Eparchies for Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People; Sought by USCCB’s National Review Board

WASHINGTON—The National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are inviting applications for proposals to conduct annual audits of U.S. dioceses and eparchies to assess compliance with the bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The annual audits would cover a three-year cycle beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30,2022.

The Charter, first approved by the USCCB in June 2002, and revised and approved again in June 2005 and November 2011, the bishops of the United States affirmed the Church's commitment to effectively and appropriately address cases of sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other Church personnel and to reach out to victims of sexual abuse and their families. The bishops also pledged to work with parents, civil authorities, educators and various organizations in the community to create and maintain a safe environment within the Church for all children and young people.  

Article 9 of the Charter calls for appropriate audit mechanisms to determine if dioceses and eparchies are complying with the provisions of the Charter. Accordingly, annual audits have been conducted in each diocese and eparchy since 2003 to assess compliance with the Charter and, where necessary, to specify required actions that would bring the diocese/eparchy into compliance with the Charter.  Summaries of the results of these audits have been included in the Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.  

Audits will be expected to assess not only the extent to which dioceses and eparchies have established policies, procedures, and programs in accord with the Charter, but also to review the administration of these policies, procedures, and programs. Additionally, as guidelines and measurements of effectiveness are developed over the next few years, they are to be incorporated into future audits.

Timeline:

Deadline for Letter of Intent to submit proposal: June 10, 2018.

Deadline for final proposal: August 30, 2018

Interviews: Fall 2018

The Letter of Intent must include background and relevant information regarding the firm and articulation of relevant experience. The Application must include names and resumes of detailing relevant experience and proposed methodology as well as a proposed budget.

Evaluation Criteria
There is no requirement that the audits be conducted by Catholic individuals or institutions, but the project director and the auditors should demonstrate an informed understanding of the Catholic Church and diocesan/eparchial structures. Final selection of the Auditor will be made by the Administrative Committee upon the recommendation of the National Review Board in consultation with the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.

Inquiries, letters of intent, and applications should be addressed to:

Deacon Bernie Nojadera

Executive Director

Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection

3211 Fourth Street, NE

Washington, DC 20017

bnojadera@usccb.org

(202) 541-5413

The complete request for proposals can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/upload/usccb-child-youth-protection-request-for-proposal-2020-2022.pdf.

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People can be found at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/charter.cfm

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Review Board, Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, clergy sex abuse, request for proposals, dioceses, eparchies, annual audit, safe environment, annual report.

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Judy Keane

202-541-3200

USCCB Religious Liberty Chairman Announces Religious Freedom Week from June 22-29, 2018

WASHINGTON—Catholics across the United States are encouraged to pray and act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad during Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018, which begins on June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, and ends on June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, states: "Religious freedom allows the space for people of faith to serve others in God's love in ministries like education, adoption and foster care, health care, and migration and refugee services. We encourage people of faith to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that we might have the space to carry out our mission of service and mercy, and we invite everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters who face intense persecution in other parts of the world."

Resources for Religious Freedom Week and other religious liberty resources can be found at www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek and www.usccb.org/freedom.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Religious Freedom Week, religious freedom, religious liberty, Committee for Religious Liberty, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, dioceses, parish resources, freedom to serve

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane

202-541-3200