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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Convene Historic Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry in September; Registration Opens February 20

WASHINGTON—Registration for the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry (V Encuentro) will launch on February 20, 2018. In September, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will convene a historic ecclesial gathering of 3,000 Hispanic/Latino Ministry leaders/delegates from dioceses, ecclesial movements, schools, universities and Catholic organizations from across the country. The delegates representing more than165 dioceses were selected among nearly 250,000 people that participated in the local process over the past year. Over 100 bishops are expected to lead diocesan delegations.

The goal of the V Encuentro is to discern ways in which the Church in the United States can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence, and to strengthen the ways in which Hispanics/Latinos respond to the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples.

A priority activity of the USCCB's Strategic Plan for 2017-2020, the V Encuentro is a four-year process of evangelization, mission and consultation under the theme Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God's Love inspired by Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). The process of Encuentro has been the catalyst for developing ministries among Hispanics/Latinos during the past fifty years.

Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, National Coordinator for the V Encuentro said, "The National Encuentro is the summit experience which comes at the midpoint of the 4-year process. One of the most important outcomes of the V National Encuentro is the discernment of priorities and recommendations that will guide Hispanic Ministry in the United States for the next ten to fifteen years."

The National Encuentro will be held in Grapevine, Texas, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center from September 20-23, 2018. This is an invitation-only event for diocesan delegates and other participants 18 years and older. Individuals will not be able to register separately.

Information to obtain media credentials to cover this event will be available at a future date. For more details regarding the V National Encuentro visit: www.vencuentro.org.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry, Evangelii Gaudium, missionary disciples, Church in the United States, Catholic Leaders, Hispanic Catholics, Grapevine, Texas

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Judy Keane
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World Day for Consecrated Life to be Celebrated Friday, February 2; Coincides with Release of 2017 Profession Class Survey

WASHINGTON—As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) is releasing the results of a survey taken of the most recent Profession Class of 2017 conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). The survey results have been released to coincide with the annual celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life, which will be celebrated in the Church on Friday, February 2, 2018 and in parishes on the weekend of February 3-4, 2018.

Commenting on the World Day for Consecrated Life, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark and Chair of the USCCB's Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations states: "For twenty-one years, the Church has designated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day, as an appropriate moment to thank God for the gift of consecrated life. Jesus is manifest as 'light of revelation for the Gentiles' and 'glory for God's people, Israel.' Consecrated men and women reflect this light as witnesses of Jesus in a world that is often shrouded in shadow. They are the glory of God's people. We pray for the perseverance of consecrated men and women and ask God to continue enriching the Church with their unique vocation."

The survey polled women and men religious who professed perpetual vows in 2017 in a religious congregation, province, or monastery based in the U.S. CARA received a response from 600 of 768 major superiors for an overall response rate of 78 percent among religious institutes.

Of these 216 identified women and men religious, a total of 100 sisters and nuns and 51 brothers and priests responded to the survey. These 51 men may include some brothers who intend to pursue studies leading to priestly ordination. This represents a response rate of 73 percent of the 208 potential members of the Profession Class of 2017 that were reported to CARA by major superiors.

Some of the major findings of the report are:

  • Nearly nine in ten or 86 percent of responding religious regularly participated in some type of private prayer activity before they entered their religious institute. About two-thirds participated in Eucharistic Adoration, prayed the rosary, or attended retreats before entering. Nearly six in ten participated in spiritual direction before entering.
  • Most religious did not report that educational debt delayed their application for entrance to their institute. Among the 4 percent who did report having educational debt, however, they averaged about 4 years of delay while they paid down an average of $29,100 in educational debt.
  • The average age of responding religious is 41. Half of the responding religious are age 36 or younger. The youngest is 24 and the oldest is 86.
  • Two-thirds of responding religious (64 percent) identify as white, more than one in six (18 percent) identifies as Asian, and more than one in ten (11 percent) identifies as Hispanic.
  • Most responding religious (67 percent) were born in the U.S. Of those born outside the United States, the most common country of origin is Vietnam.
  • Among those identifying as Hispanic/Latino almost six in ten (62 percent) are foreign born. Those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian seven in ten are predominantly foreign born. Nearly all identifying as Caucasian/White (94 percent) are U.S. born.
  • One-half of responding religious attended a Catholic elementary school, more than four in ten (44 percent) attended a Catholic high school, and a near equal proportion (43 percent) attended a Catholic college before entering their religious institute.
  • On average, responding religious report that they were 19 years old when they first considered a vocation to religious life, but half were 18 or younger when they first did so.

  • Nearly nine in ten (87 percent) responding religious report that someone encouraged them to consider a vocation to religious life.

  • Over four in ten reports that a parish priest (43 percent) encouraged their vocation.
  • Half say they were encouraged to consider a vocation by a religious sister or brother. Women religious were more likely than men religious to do so.
  • Over four in ten (41 percent) report that they were encouraged to consider a vocation by their friends.

The entire survey and press release, General Intercessions and a bulletin quote for the World Day for Consecrated Life, as well as more information on the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations can be found at www.usccb.org/consecratedlife.

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Young Adult Delegates Named for Pre-Synod Gathering in Rome; Synod will Focus on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment

WASHINGTON—Three young adult delegates were discerned by the USCCB to represent the United States of America at the March 2018 Pre-Synod Gathering in Rome. The United States will participate in a special Pre-Synod Gathering in March 2018 in Rome, a milestone on the way to the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.

The young adults are:  

  • Br. Javier Hansen, FSC, originally from northern California, is a Brother of the Christian Schools in the Lasallian District of San Francisco-New Orleans, currently serving as a religion teacher at Cathedral High School-El Paso, Texas.
  • Nick López, originally from San Antonio, currently serves as the director of campus ministry for the University of Dallas. He is also a guest columnist for the Catholic News Service column, In Light of Faith, focused on millennials.
  • Katie Prejean McGrady, of the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana, is a wife, new mother, youth minister, and a popular speaker who has been working with many youth and young adult communities across the country.

This spring gathering, from March 19 to 25, 2018, has been convened by the Holy Father Pope Francis, along with the Office for the Synod of Bishops, as a way to listen directly to the voices of young adults around the world in advance of the 2018 Ordinary Synod (which will take place in October 2018 at the Vatican). The Holy See has also received input on the Synod topic through a questionnaire sent through episcopal conferences and movements, which was sent to Rome in October 2017, and an online survey for young people that was open from June to December 2017.

These individuals were chosen by the USCCB because they have both local and national connections to the life of the Church. Not only are they young adults, but they work with other young people, representing the cultural and vocational diversity of the Church in the U.S.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, commented on the upcoming Pre-Synod Gathering in Rome, saying, "We are delighted that Br. Javier, Nick, and Katie have accepted the invitation to represent the youth and young adults of the United States at this important gathering in Rome. We hope that all Catholics will join us in praying for them and for all the young delegates from around the world, participating in the Pre-Synod Conference. Their coming together is a wonderful opportunity for the Church, to hear the perspective of young people pertaining to the key themes which will be discussed in the 2018 Synod of Bishops: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment."

This will be the first time that Br. Javier Hansen will be traveling to Rome. "I believe I offer the perspective of many young religious in this country and those who are currently discerning religious life," says Br. Javier. "I not only will represent the people of my generation but also the young people I interact with every day in the classroom."

Katie Prejean McGrady says it is a great privilege to attend the gathering. "It is easily one of the greatest honors of my life," says Katie. "While there, I am greatly looking forward to the chance to learn through dialogue and discussion, how other countries uniquely lead young people into an authentic and personal encounter with Jesus Christ, and to bring this information home to share with our bishops, priests, and lay men and women working in ministry."

Nick Lopez says the gathering for him will also be an opportunity to present the needs of his American and Latino brothers and sisters, "In particular, I hope to be able to offer some successes and viewpoints from my life as a minister, including interfaith relations, integrating popular culture effectively in ministry, and the Latino/Hispanic American experience."

In addition to the in-person meeting of delegates, the Holy See will be inviting young people from around the world to participate in the Pre-Synod Gathering digitally via social media. With this opportunity, more youth and young adult voices can contribute to the dialogue. Details on how young people can engage the process in this manner will be available in the coming months.

The official Vatican website for the Synod, which is inclusive of this Pre-Synod Gathering, is http://www.synod2018.va/content/synod2018/en.html (this links to the English language version).  The official USCCB web page for the Synod is www.usccb.org/synod-2018.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Pre-Synod gathering, Rome, Vatican, Holy See, Young People, Faith, Vocational Discernment, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin C.Ss.R., Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Br. Javier Hansen, FSC, Katie Prejean McGrady, Nick López, youth, young adults

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Media Advisory: 2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering Seeks to Bring Voice of Faith to Public Square

The 2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and 16 collaborating organizations, attracts more than 500 participants from around the country and seeks to equip Catholic leaders to bring the voice of faith to the public square. This year's theme is "Building Community: A Call to the Common Good." Participants will focus on issues such as racism, the environment and immigration.

When: February 3-6, 2018.

Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington DC, 20008.

Speakers to include:

  • Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, will address the ramifications of racism in society and the Church, followed by a panel discussion of community leaders.
  • Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America, will deliver a Keynote Presentation on "Where is your brother?"
  • A Plenary and Dialogue on "Moving from a Throwaway Culture to a Culture of Encounter" will include Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA; Dr. Maryann Cusimano-Love, Professor, The Catholic University of America; and others.
  • Mauricio López, Executive Secretary of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM), will deliver a Plenary Presentation on "Solidarity in Our Common Home," in anticipation of the 2019 Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon announced recently by Pope Francis. This will be followed by a panel discussion of indigenous leaders including Mary Louise Worthy, Chief, Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation SC; Jacques Bahati, Africa Faith and Justice Network; Adelson Da Silva, Indigenous Leader, Brazil; and Haszel Dallana Contreras, Pastoral Agent, Colombia.

Joining the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in organizing the Gathering are numerous other USCCB departments and national Catholic organizations, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Rural Life, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and others.

Press release available at: www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-249.cfm.

Coverage of the meeting is open to credentialed media. Reporters interested in covering the gathering can download a credential application form and submit it by email.

More information is available online: www.catholicsocialministrygathering.org/.

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Catholic Social Ministry Gathering; Bishop George V. Murry; Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, Committee on Justice, Peace and Human Development; Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo; Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America, Catholic Relief Services, CRS, Catholic Charities USA, CCUSA, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Rural Life, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; racial unrest, racism, immigration, restorative justice, Ferguson, environment, migration policy, V Encuentro, nuclear threat, opioid abuse, affordable housing


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President of U.S. Bishops Conference Response to Kentucky High School Shooting

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement on today's shootings at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. The shooting has left up to two dead and more than a dozen others injured.

Cardinal DiNardo's full statement follows:

"Over the past two days in Kentucky and Texas, we have witnessed painful reminders of how gun violence can tragically alter the lives of those so precious to us – our school children. We pray for eternal rest for those who have died. Let us pray, too, for the families, teachers and friends who must now endure the suffering of losing those dearest to them. We stand in solidarity with the children who face a long road of recovery from serious injuries. May they find comfort in a loving community. As Christians, we experience this pain as if it were our own. Let us reach out in compassion to assist the grieving and may we move forward in greater resolve to treat one another as children of God, so that unthinkable acts like this become more and more rare and love more and more present in the world."

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, gun violence, school shooting, Marshall County High School, Benton, Kentucky, solidarity, compassion, love.

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane
202-541-3200