“Returning to the New Testament roots of the diaconate”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber tells new transitional deacons: "I’m asking you to join me in serving the poor tomorrow morning, a few blocks away from here in People’s Park”

At St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, ordained four men to the transitional deaconate on Aug. 4. Bishop Barber wasted little time in putting Peter Lawongkerd, John Pietruszka, Javier Ramirez and Mark Ruiz to work. “Before mounting the pulpit tomorrow, to proclaim the Gospel or preach the Word of God or offer your first sermon. Before … [Read more...]

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Fresno bishop’s letter to judge who sentenced priest convicted of embezzlement

Bishop Armando Ochoa requests no jail time for Fr. Ignacio Villafan, expresses hope that errant priest will someday return to active ministry "under direct supervision with no access to funds"

August 9, 2018 Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, on August 8 spoke at the sentencing hearing for Rev Ignacio Villafan.  Fr. Villafan was sentenced to five years probation.   To The Most Honorable Judge Gary Peden Your Honor, I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to personally address the Court in the wake of the … [Read more...]

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Catholic groups in San Francisco archdiocese reaffirm climate action

The University of San Francisco, Daughters of Charity, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Presentation Sisters, Sisters of Mercy, St. Raphael Parish in San Rafael, St. Teresa of Avila Parish and Mercy High School have signed the Catholic Climate Declaration

Eight local Catholic organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement global climate change accord by signing the Catholic Climate Declaration.   The Catholic Climate Covenant is a nonprofit formed by the U.S. bishops and other Catholic organizations in 2006 to help guide church response to the moral consequences of climate change. The declaration affirms … [Read more...]

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Youth conference under way in LA archdiocese

More than 1,200 teenagers from 80 parishes expected at August 3-5 City of Saints Teen Conference, which offers opportunity to encounter Christ through fellowship, praise and worship

Archbishop José H. Gomez and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education is hosting the fourth annual City of Saints Teen Conference on August 3-5 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to offer teens an encounter with Christ through fellowship, praise and worship as they participate in workshops presented by renowned speakers, including youth … [Read more...]

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Last stop for World Youth Day Cross: Los Angeles

Los Angeles archdiocese will be the final stop for World Youth Day Cross and an icon of the Virgin Mary

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will be the final stop on a multi-city pilgrimage of the official World Youth Day Cross and an icon of the Virgin Mary traveling across the United States from Aug. 19-27, on its way to Panama, where young people will join Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2019. The cross will be welcomed by hundreds of young adult Catholics and World Youth Day … [Read more...]

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Sacramento diocese accepting donations for fire victims

Bishop Jaime Soto asks prayers for those affected, says “our hearts ache over the terrible loss and suffering"

In light of the fires burning in Shasta, Trinity, Lassen, Sutter and other counties, Bishop Jaime Soto has asked the faithful of the Diocese of Sacramento to remember in their prayers all those affected, especially the firefighters and emergency personnel, as well as residents who have been displaced, lost their residences or evacuated. Please keep all those communities … [Read more...]

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U.S. bishops announce novena ahead of Supreme Court confirmation battle

Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life will be prayed each Friday between August 3 and September 28

A Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life is being led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Catholics are being encouraged to take part ahead of the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The novena will be prayed each Friday between August 3 and September 28. The initiative is part of the USCCB’s … [Read more...]

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Sacramento diocese warns parishes about charity

Citing report from California Attorney General, parishes advised to cease fundraising efforts for Food for the Poor

The following is a letter from John Watkins, Director of Catholic Charities & Social Concerns Diocese of Sacramento: To: Pastors, Parochial Vicars, Administrators, Deacons and Parish Staff It has come to our attention that Food for the Poor, (an ecumenical international development agency based in the U.S.), is the subject of an Order to Cease and Desist, Revocation … [Read more...]

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Retired LA auxiliary named administrator of Monterey diocese

Gerald E. Wilkerson, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, has been appointed Apostolic Administrator “sede vacant”

The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre has informed us that the Most Reverend Gerald E. Wilkerson, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, has been appointed Apostolic Administrator “sede vacante” of the Diocese of Monterey in California. Full story at Diocese of Monterey. Bishop Gerald Eugene Wilkerson was appointed Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the San … [Read more...]

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San Francisco deacon continues to write for gay newspaper

Deacon Brian Bromberger’s faculties not yet revoked, spokesman for archdiocese says situation is under review

A Catholic deacon who is openly homosexual has continued to write salacious reviews of obscene movies for a “gay” newspaper in San Francisco for at least a year since Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was informed of his activities, LifeSite has learned. Over a year ago, in June 2017 the archdiocese told LifeSite that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, … [Read more...]

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