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Posted on 12/13/2019 09:08 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON— Two bishops who chair committees for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) applauded the passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R. 5038). Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, spoke in support of this legislation, which would improve conditions for immigrant farmworkers and their families, as well as ensure the stability of the U.S. agricultural industry.
“The Farm Workforce Modernization Act was written in an effort to make a better system for both the farmer and the farmworkers and to create a more effective and humane agriculture industry. The Catholic Church has long recognized the dignity of work of both citizen and immigrant farmworkers and growers alike and welcomes changes in the law to help ensure greater protections,” said Archbishop Coakley.
Bishop Dorsonville noted, “I commend the lawmakers who worked on this important effort in a bipartisan manner and I urge the U.S. Senate to take up this bill which gives earned permanent residency for certain farmworkers.”
In November, the USCCB Committee on Migration and Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development sent a letter of support that can be found on the Justice for Immigrants website.
Keywords: USCCB, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Dan Newhouse, Farmworkers, Committee on Migration, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.
Chieko Noguchi or Miguel Guilarte
Posted on 12/12/2019 11:33 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON- This fall, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) has awarded $107,896 in grants to fund six projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation. These grants are funded by royalties received from the publication of the New American Bible and its derivative works, which the CCD develops, publishes, promotes, and distributes.
The CCD works exclusively with the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) to offer these grants, accepting applications only from the CBA, its designees, and its full and associate members. The CBA's purpose is to promote scholarly study in Scripture and related fields in fidelity to Dei Verbum, the document of the Second Vatican Council that states that God reveals truth through Scripture and Tradition.
The six projects sponsored by the CCD are as follows:
• $24,120 to Joachim Eck of École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem (Israel) and Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany) to support his research project, Creation in the Book of Psalms. Textual Evidence, Language and Concepts, Poetic Structures, Meaning and Functions in Context.
• $14,500 to Gregory Glazov of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, to support the creation of an online searchable database of scripture citations in Jewish and Christian, predominantly Catholic, writings on the Holocaust.
• $15,000 to Barbara Jean Daly Horell of the Archdiocese of Hartford, for the creation of a biblical literacy curriculum to be offered throughout the archdiocese.
• $32,748 to Brian Yong Lee of Sacred Heart Seminary (Hales Corners, WI) to support research for a book entitled, Forgiveness, Justice, and Faith in Early Christianity.
• $11,268 to Michael J. Stahl of the University of Florida, for support of a research project on Monotheism and Empire: Yahweh, Baal, and the Politics of Divinity in Biblical Historiography.
• $10,250 to Archie T. Wright of Regent University’s School of Divinity, for support of a research project on The Satan Figure and His role in the Problem of Evil in the Ancient World.
Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, CCD, Catholic biblical literacy, Catholic biblical interpretation, Catholic Biblical Association, CBA.
Chieko Noguchi or Miguel Guilarte
Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Paul Swain and Appoints Rev. Donald DeGrood as Bishop of Sioux Falls
Posted on 12/12/2019 00:43 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Paul J. Swain from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Sioux Falls and has appointed Reverend Donald Edward DeGrood to succeed him. Father DeGrood is a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on December 12, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Father DeGrood was born February 14, 1965 in Fairbault, MN, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis on May 31, 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, and attended St. Paul Seminary, where he graduated in 1997. In 2009, he participated in the Institute for Continuing Education at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Assignments after ordination include: Parochial Vicar at All Saints Parish in Lakeville (1997-2000); Spiritual Director at Saint John Vianney Seminary (2000-2004); Pastor at Church of St. Peter in Forest Lake (2004-2013); Vicar for Clergy (2013-2017); Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Saint Paul (2013-2015). Since 2017, he has been Pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in Savage.
Bishop-elect DeGrood has also served on the Archdiocesan Incardination Committee, the Ministerial Review Board, the Ministerial Standards Board, the Pastors Review Board, and the Clergy Review Board. He has also been a member of the ad hoc committees related to the Archdiocesan Clergy Support Initiative (mentoring, continuing education, substance abuse and addiction, etc.). He presently serves on the board of the Seminaries of Saint Paul.
The Diocese of Sioux Falls is comprised of 35,091 square miles in the state of South Dakota and has a total population of 570,605 of which 110,386 are Catholic.
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Bishop Paul J. Swain, Diocese of Sioux Falls, Rev. Donald DeGrood, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Posted on 12/11/2019 08:48 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved $1.6 million in funding for 100 projects in 22 countries in Central and Eastern Europe at its meeting on November 10 in Baltimore, Maryland.
“The Church in Central and Eastern Europe continues to work through the effects of decades of communism and repression. As the Church rebuilds and grows in the region, the faithful of the United States stand in solidarity and show our love to our brothers and sisters there through our prayers and generosity,” said Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton of Steubenville, chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.
Pastoral projects approved for funding include:
● In Bosnia and Herzegovina, support for the St. John Paul II Youth Centers, whose programs include leadership formation, annual meetings, workshops, and summer camps.
● In Lithuania, support for the Journey of Faith project by the Catechetical Center of the Diocese of Vilkaviskis, helping to develop adult formation programs that bring adults closer to Christ through the start-up of RCIA courses, programs to strengthen marriages, and retreats for parishioners and catechists.
● In Romania, support for 28 seminarians of the Archdiocese of Bucharest studying at the Inter-Diocesan Seminary in Iasi.
● Financial assistance for the operations of the Russian Federation Bishops’ Conference’s KANA television studio in Novosibirsk, links communities and faithful spread out over the eastern region of the country.
● Contribution towards the construction of Relentless Help of Our Lady parish church for the growing Catholic community near Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.
Other projects approved by the Subcommittee include: scholarships and formation for church leadership; evangelization programs in dioceses; and repairs for physical structures such as churches, monasteries, and pastoral center buildings.
Grants are funded by the annual Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. The date for this national collection is Ash Wednesday, although dioceses may take it up on different dates. The Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe oversees the collection and an annual grant program as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. More information on the collection and its beneficiaries may be found by visiting www.usccb.org/ccee.
Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton, Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Romania, Russian Federation Bishops Conference, Ukraine.
Posted on 12/10/2019 05:41 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 36 grants totaling $832,500 in funding to support bishops’ conferences, dioceses and pastoral projects across the African continent.
“I am pleased to announce our support for the Church in Africa, which despite great challenges, continues to grow and bring people throughout the continent closer to Christ,” said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., of Newark, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Africa.
Among the projects approved to receive funding through the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa are the following:
● In postwar Liberia, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia will organize a national gathering of 250 young people to be formed as agents of peace and reconciliation.
● In celebration of the Year of the Word of God throughout the world, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi will undertake efforts to share the Bible throughout the country through various media as well as training for members of the Bible Apostolate.
● The Tanzania Episcopal Conference will train 170 religion teachers from all dioceses who will both teach and train other volunteer teachers to help meet the critical staffing needs in secondary schools across the country.
● The Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) will organize a workshop for member conferences in the region to discuss the growing menace of land grabbing and actions the Church can take to curb it.
Additional areas of funding include seminarian and religious formation, evangelization, family ministries, and lay leadership training.
The Subcommittee on the Church in Africa oversees the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. It allocates revenue received from the Solidarity Fund, which is a voluntary collection, as pastoral grants to episcopal conferences and their regional associations in Africa.
To learn more about the work of the Subcommittee watch the SFCA videos and visit www.usccb.org/africa.
Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, Subcommittee on the Church in Africa, Pastoral Projects