U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announces Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is publishing a new document, Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters. The full text is available on the USCCB website at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/asian-pacific-islander/upload/asian-and-pacific-island-pastoral-response-encountering-christ-in-harmony-2018.pdf . Approved by the U.S. bishops during their Spring 2018 General Assembly, the pastoral response will guide the Catholic Church in the United States in addressing the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island communities and provide a framework for dioceses and parishes for creating their pastoral plans or actions specific to their circumstances. The Asian and Pacific Island...

President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference to Senate: Support for Roe v. Wade Should Not Be Used as a Litmus Test for Judicial Nominees

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), wrote to the members of the Senate on July 6, urging them not to use support for Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for judicial nominees in their deliberations about the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. The letter makes clear that the USCCB “does not support or oppose confirmation of particular presidential nominees.” Instead, the letter expresses “grave concerns about the confirmation process…being grossly distorted by efforts to subject judicial nominees to a litmus test in support...

Pope Francis Appoints Reverends Ronald Hicks, Robert Casey and Mark Bartosic as Auxiliary Bishops of Archdiocese of Chicago; Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishops George Rassas and Francis Kane

WASHINGTON— Pope Francis has appointed Reverends Ronald Hicks, Robert Casey and Mark Bartosic as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Chicago and has accepted the resignations of the Most Reverends George Rassas and Francis Kane from the Office of Auxiliary Bishops of the same archdiocese. Bishops Rassas and Kane have reached the retirement age for bishops of 75. The resignations and appointments were publicized in Washington on July 3, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Reverend Ronald Hicks was born in Chicago, IL, on August 4, 1967. He is a priest of the Archdiocese...

PRESS CONFERENCE ADVISORY: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Delegation Visiting Diocese of Brownsville; Press Conference Immediately Following

WASHINGTON—On Monday, July 2, a delegation of bishops led by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, plan to meet with U.S. government officials and members of the Catholic community as part of a full day of visits with a focus on family unity. Immediately following the engagements, the bishops will hold a press conference to offer their reflections. The press conference will be held at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – National Shrine. It will also be livestreamed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7BNmQhJyMU. The delegation of visiting bishops includes:...

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Dominick Lagonegro of Archdiocese of New York

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Dominick Lagonegro as Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of New York. Bishop Lagonegro has reached the retirement age for bishops of 75. The resignation was publicized in Washington on July 2, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Most Reverend Dominick Lagonegro was born on March 6, 1943 in White Plains, NY. He was ordained a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on May 31, 1969. Since his ordination in 1969, Bishop Lagonegro was appointed to various parishes throughout the northern counties of New York and served...

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop John Dooher of Archdiocese of Boston

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend John Anthony Dooher from the Office of Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Boston. Bishop Dooher has reached the retirement age for bishops of 75.The resignation was publicized in Washington on June 30, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Most Reverend John Dooher was born May 3, 1943 in Dorchester, MA. He attended St. John’s Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1969. He was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish in Weymouth and served as chaplains at South Shore Hospital and...