Dominican friar named new San Francisco auxiliary bishop

Pope Francis today appointed Fr. Robert Christian, O.P., of the Western Dominican Province, as auxiliary bishop for San Francisco

The Archdiocese of San Francisco announces that Pope Francis has today appointed Fr. Robert Christian, O.P., as auxiliary bishop. Fr. Christian is a Friar of the Western Dominican Province and currently serves as Master of Students of the province. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said, “I am overjoyed to welcome Fr. Christian back to his native San Francisco. We first met … [Read more...]

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California Bishops’ spokesman answers question on why they support only ‘progressive Democratic’ proposals’

Ned Dolejsi says there's a difference between ideological positioning and a theological perspective

The following is an excerpt from the California Catholic Conference of Bishops: During the three days of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, many of our readers stopped by the booth to talk about the Catholic Legislative Network.  Many more joined us online for a series of Facebook Live broadcasts on Saturday. Kicking off the sessions, which you can now view on … [Read more...]

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Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber to consecrate holy oil tonight at Cathedral of Christ the Light

Called the Chrism, oil is used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will consecrate the Chrism — the holy oil used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders — at an evening Mass on March 22 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. During the liturgy that evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m., a large vessel of olive oil will be carried to the altar. Bishop Barber will add balsam and perfume … [Read more...]

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New vicar general named for Sacramento diocese

Fr. Ronald Torres appointed to replace Bishop Myron Cotta, who previously held post before being named Bishop of Stockton

To: Clergy From: Bishop Jaime Soto I have appointed Fr. Ronald Torres, vicar general for the Diocese of Sacramento, effective today, March 16, 2018. Fr. Torres currently serves as the parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish, Yreka, California. He will continue to serve in this position until June 30, 2018. Starting July 2, 2018 he will work full-time at the Pastoral … [Read more...]

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Champion for Life Monsignor Kavanagh has died

Longtime pastor of St. Rose Parish in Sacramento, dies on St. Patrick's Day at age 93

Monsignor Edward Kavanagh, a native son of Ireland who came to Sacramento in 1948, died today of natural causes. He was 93 and passed away on St. Patrick’s Day. For nearly 60 years, Monsignor Kavanagh was pastor or in residence at St. Rose Parish in South Sacramento. During his remarkable ministry, he oversaw an orphanage, day-care center, and a school along with numerous … [Read more...]

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Olive oil with a higher purpose

For seven years, Jim and Andrea Mayer, members of St. James Parish in Davis and owners of a small olive oil company in Yolo County, have donated 20 gallons of their oil to Sacramento diocese to become chrism oil

At the Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 22, when Bishop Jaime Soto blesses the holy oils used throughout the year for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, holy orders, and anointing of the sick, Jim and Andrea Mayer, owners of Frate Sole Olive Oil Company, will witness how some of the olive oil from their most recent harvest becomes sacred. Once consecrated, Frate Sole will … [Read more...]

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“The answer is not more guns, not arming teachers with Oozies or AK-47s”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath addresses students at Archbishop Mitty High School before 17-minute walkout to protest gun violence

March 14, 2018 I must begin my brief words by thanking you for this observance and for inviting me to be part of it. There is absolutely no place I would rather be than to stand here in solidarity with you as you stand in solidarity with young people across our nation, and perhaps around the world. The tragedy at Parkland is not even the latest of far too many shooting … [Read more...]

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Catholic dignitaries attend installation of Stockton diocese’s new bishop

More than 1,200 people fill St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Modesto to watch Myron Cotta become the sixth Bishop of Stockton

Catholic ritual, pageantry and prayer ushered in a new era for the Diocese of Stockton on Thursday as Central Valley native Myron Cotta was installed as its new bishop during a ceremony in Modesto. More than 1,200 people filled St. Stanislaus Catholic Church to watch Cotta, who turns 65 on Wednesday, become the sixth bishop of the six-county Roman Catholic diocese. Church … [Read more...]

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St. Patrick’s Seminary hosts discernment retreat for prospective military chaplains

Twenty-nine men slated to participate, Archdiocese for Military Services says high attendance "reflects a trend of strong turnouts over the past few years"

Twenty-nine men from three service branches of the United States Armed Forces will gather here this weekend for a March 15-18 discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is conducting the annual retreat at St. … [Read more...]

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There will be no graphic signs

Bishop Robert McElroy to lead Pro-Life Stations of the Cross in downtown San Diego on Good Friday

If you have never been to the  Good Friday Pro-Life Stations of the Cross in Downtown San Diego, please consider it taking part in the 13th annual event on Good Friday, March 30.  Bishop Robert McElroy will be leading us! Please arrive by 11:45 am at the sidewalk on the east side of St. Joseph Cathedral, at 4th and Beech (note: we do not meet inside the church, which is … [Read more...]

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