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Miguel Guilarte Named Manager of Public Affairs for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Miguel Guilarte has been named manager of the Office of Public Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 

Mr. Guilarte previously worked as a reporter and editor for eighteen years at El Tiempo Latino, a Spanish-language weekly newspaper published in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Founded in 1991, it was acquired by The Washington Post in 2004 and then by El Planeta Media in 2016.  

While at El Tiempo Latino, Guilarte covered sports, community, politics, education, cultural and health content. He has received multiple awards for his feature stories and article series from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Miguel has also written for Major League Soccer.

"Miguel offers an impressive background as a bilingual communications professional who will support the USCCB Office of Public Affairs in expanding our Spanish media outreach, social media content and bilingual communications strategy on behalf of the bishops," said Judy Keane, Director of USCCB Public Affairs.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Santa Maria University, Caracas, Venezuela, and resides in the DC area. Miguel began his new role at the USCCB on April 9.

The Office of Public Affairs represents the Catholic Bishops of the United States to the media and the media to the bishops. Responsibilities of the office include preparing and distributing statements and other resources for the media, arranging for interviews with bishops and staff of the USCCB, organizing press conferences, responding to media queries and credentialing media for coverage of such events as the bishops' annual meetings. For more information about the USCCB Office of Public Affairs, please visit: http://www.usccb.org/about/public-affairs/index.cfm.

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Judy Keane
202-541-3200


Waste Not, Want Not: Catholic Social Teaching and Reducing Food Waste

Waste Not, Want Not: Catholic Social Teaching and Reducing Food Waste

“Pass those plates down to the food disposal,” Grandpa would inevitably boom at the end of each meal, scraping sandwich crusts and half-eaten bowls of…

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The Season of Engagement: Building a Foundation of Faith for Your Marriage

The Season of Engagement: Building a Foundation of Faith for Your Marriage

On March 28, 2016, as we walked along a secluded hiking trail (like we did on our very first date), my best friend, Jesse, got…

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Catholic Home Missions Collection to be held April 28-29; Grants Support Essential Pastoral Programs

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be held in parishes across the country over the weekend of April 28-29. The Catholic Home Missions (CHM) grants assist dioceses and eparchies that would otherwise struggle due to difficult geography, impoverished populations, and limited resources. CHM funding supports essential pastoral programs, including religious education and youth ministry, priestly and religious formation, prison ministry, and lay ministry training.

"Too many of our brothers and sisters in the United States do not have access to even the most basic pastoral resources," said Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, Archbishop of Anchorage and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions. "As members of the Body of Christ we are called to help our neighbors and build the faith. Your generosity to the Catholic Home Missions Appeal has made the Church in the United States stronger."

The Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions oversees the Catholic Home Missions Appeal as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. The Subcommittee's grants are funded by donations to the annual collection. In 2017, the Subcommittee approved over $9.4 million in grants to assist 83 dioceses and eparchies for 2018.

Currently, there are 83 dioceses and eparchies that qualify for support from the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Mission – over 40 percent of all US dioceses. Home mission dioceses are located across the United States, including the Deep South, Appalachia, and the Rocky Mountains, as well as in US territories in the Caribbean and the far-away Pacific.

More information about the collection can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions. Resources to promote the collection, including a social media toolkit, can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions/collection.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Collections, Catholic Home Missions Appeal, ministry, evangelization, Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, religious education, priests, seminarians, religious formation, lay ministry

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Pope Francis Appoints Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy as Apostolic Administrator of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia; Accepts Resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia and appoints Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy of the same Archeparchy as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia until the appointment of the new Archeparch. 

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington on April 16, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. 

Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy, now Apostolic Administrator sede vacante, was born October 1, 1975 in Lviv, Ukraine. He pursued seminary studies at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, D.C., and was ordained a priest in December of 2001 by Archbishop Stefan Soroka at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.

Bishop Rabiy holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy (1999) and a licentiate in Canon Law (2008) from Catholic University of America; and a Master of Divinity degree (2002), from the Dominican House of Studies, in Washington D.C.

After ordination, Rabiy held pastoral assignments at St. Michael the Archangel parish, Hillsborough, New Jersey, and at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2002-2005. Other assignments after ordination include: pastor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Reading, 2008-present; coordinator, Sexual Abuse Prevention and Youth Protection Office, 2008-2015; member, Administrative Board, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, 2008-2017; vicar general, 2009-present; vice-chancellor, 2009-present; member, Archeparchial College of Consultors, 2009-present; member, Archeparchial Presbyteral Council, 2011-2017.

On August 8, 2017, Pope Francis named Father Andriy Rabiy as auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Archbishop Stefan Soroka was born on November 13, 1951 in Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, Canada. He received a bachelor's degree in Social Work (1973) and a Masters in Social Work (1978) from the University of Manitoba.  His seminary formation was undertaken at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary, Washington, D.C. At the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (1978) and a Doctorate in Social Work in 1985.  

He was ordained a priest on June 13, 1982, for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg at Saints Vladimir and Olga Cathedral, Winnipeg.

Assignments after priestly ordination included: assistant priest, Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Winnipeg, 1984-1986; parish priest, Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption, Portage la Prairie, Canada, 1986-1987; parish priest, St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, Winnipeg, 1987-1995; chaplain, St. Josaphat Council, Knights of Columbus, 1986-1989; chaplain, St Anne Council, Knights of Columbus, 1987-1995; chaplain, National Executive, Ukrainian Catholic Youth of Canada, 1989-1992; vocations director, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1985-2000; state chaplain, Knights of Columbus, Manitoba State Council, 1989-1992; judge, Archeparchial Marriage Tribunal, 1984-1993; vice-chancellor, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1985-1994; chancellor, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1994-1996; econom, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1994-1998.

On March 29, 1996 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg and was ordained to the episcopate on June 13, 1996. He then also served as: chairman, Asset Protection Group Insurance Corporation for Western and Northern Canada Dioceses/Eparchies, 1998-2000; chaplain, Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada, 1998-2000; and editor, Progress Ukrainian Catholic News, 1996-2000.

On November 29, 2000 he was appointed Metropolitan-Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and was installed on February 29, 2001.

At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served as: member of the Committee for Aid to Home Missions, 2010-present; member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, 2001-present; member of the Committee on Relations between Eastern and Latin Catholic Churches, November 2003-2010; member of Task Force on Content and Flow of General Meeting, June 2003; and member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse, 2002-2009. 

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia includes the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and parts of eastern Pennsylvania. It has a total Catholic population of 12,846.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy


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How Do You Overcome Doubts?

How Do You Overcome Doubts?

Question: How do you overcome doubts? After attending college again, and being surrounded by atheists (with good arguments), how do you deal with doubts? I…

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U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Supports Southern Border Bishops Concerns Over White House Decision to Deploy National Guard at U.S./Mexico Border

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Catholic Bishops of the southern border issued a statement on April 6, 2018, regarding their deep concern over the Administration's decision to deploy the National Guard at the U.S./Mexico border. Bishop Joe Vásquez, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, today issued the following statement in support of the Southern Border Bishops and in response to the Administration's recent actions:

"On behalf of the USCCB Committee on Migration, I fully affirm the concerns voiced by the U.S. Bishops of the southern border regarding the presence of the National Guard at the U.S./Mexico border.  Current law entitles those fleeing persecution and arriving in our country to due-process as their claims are reviewed. As the border bishops state: 'Seeking refuge from persecution and violence in search of a peaceful life for oneself and one's family is not a crime.'  Our faith calls us to respond with compassion to those who suffer and seek safe haven; we ask our government to do the same as it seeks to safely and humanely secure the border."

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, USCCB Committee on Migration, White House, National Guard, Mexico border, U.S. border

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Judy Keane
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4 Lessons Jesus Taught Me About Finding Balance

4 Lessons Jesus Taught Me About Finding Balance

It was a typical morning drive to my kids’ school—rushed, in an effort to beat the bell. As I neared the school, I leaned on…

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El Presidente de USCCB recibió con agrado el anuncio del Papa Francisco sobre la Exhortación Apostólica para la Santidad en el Mundo Contemporáneo; Regocíjate y Alégrate

WASHINGTON— El Cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo, Arzobispo de Galveston-Houston y Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB, por sus siglas en inglés) recibió con agrado la publicación de la Exhortación Apostólica "Gaudete et Exsultate" (Regocíjate y Alégrate), "Un Llamado a la Santidad en el Mundo Contemporáneo" del Papa Francisco.

DiNardo expresó su profunda gratitud con el Santo Padre por la exhortación y el llamado a todos y cada uno de los cristianos para que "conozcan y estén preparados para lo que Dios quiere que sean".

El Papa Francisco enfatiza que la meta de su exhortación es "reproponer el llamado a la santidad en una manera práctica para nuestros tiempos con todos sus riesgos, retos y oportunidades".

Una exhortación apostólica es considerada la segunda forma más importante de enseñanza papal, después de la Carta encíclica. Desde su elección, el Papa Francisco ha publicado otras dos exhortaciones: "Evangelii Gaudium" (Alegría del Evangelio) en el 2013 y "Amoris Laetitia" (Alegría del Amor) en el 2016.

Las declaraciones completas del Cardenal DiNardo sobre "Gaudete et Exsultate" son las siguientes:

"Quiero expresar personalmente mi profunda gratitud con el Santo Padre por sus fuertes y directas palabras en 'Gaudete et Exsultate'. En esta exhortación, el Papa Francisco es muy claro y está haciendo su trabajo como Vicario de Cristo al urgir fuertemente a todos y cada uno de los cristianos para que libremente y sin condiciones conozcan y estén atentos a lo que Dios quiere que sean, esto es que 'ellos sean santos como Él lo es' (1 Pedro 1:15). La misión confiada a cada uno de nosotros en las aguas del Bautismo fue sencilla: Por la Gracia y el Poder de Dios nosotros estamos llamados a ser santos.

'No tengan miedo a la santidad (no. 32)'. Estas palabras del Santo Padre saltaron hacia mí cuando las leí. De alguna manera, cada uno de nosotros siente temor de luchar por la santidad, un temor que va a ser objeto de burlas, marginación e incluso persecución por parte de otros porque nosotros vamos a llamar la atención. ¡Eso es para lo que el Señor ha llamado a todas y cada una de las personas! El Papa Francisco nos llama: Un cristiano no puede pensar en su misión en la tierra sin verla como un camino a la santidad. 'ésta es la voluntad de Dios, su santificación (I Tes4:3) (no. 19)'.

El Santo Padre describe cómo la santidad viene de las luchas diarias a las que todos nosotros nos enfrentamos. En el curso ordinario de cada día, el Papa nos recuerda: 'Necesitamos reconocer y combatir nuestra agresividad e inclinaciones egoístas y no dejar que echen raíces (no. 114). Pero aún así, él menciona, esta 'batalla es dulce porque nos permite regocijarnos cada vez que el Señor triunfa en nuestras vidas' (no. 158).

Un párrafo en particular señala la necesidad continua que tenemos de civismo en todas nuestras interacciones, especialmente en la prensa. 'Los cristianos también' escribe el Santo Padre, 'pueden ser atrapados en sus redes de violencia verbal a través del internet y las diferentes redes para las comunicaciones digitales'. Esto puede ser verdad, inclusive en la prensa católica (no. 115). Aún en nuestros fervientes desacuerdos entre unos y otros, nosotros siempre necesitamos recordar que es Dios quien juzga, no el hombre (James 4:12)'.

Con la luz de la alegría de la Pascua, mientras celebramos la resurrección del Señor, yo invito a todos los cristianos a reavivar el llamado del Bautismo a ser santos leyendo esta maravillosa exhortación del Papa Francisco, especialmente la bella sección de las Bienaventuranzas. A través de la exploración de las Bienaventuranzas y al ofrecer ejemplos de cómo vivir este llamado a la santidad en la vida diaria, el Santo Padre nos ha dado una maravillosa herramienta para renovar nuestro amor por Dios y por el prójimo."

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB por sus siglas en inglés) tiene la exhortación disponible para ser ordenada por Internet en http://store.usccb.org/rejoice-and-be-glad-p/7-599.htm.

El Vaticano también puso la exhortación en internet en http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20180319_gaudete-et-exsultate.html.

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Palabras clave: Papa Francisco, Exhortación Apostólica, Gaudete et Exsultate, Regocíjate y Alégrate, Cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo, Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, santidad, mundo contemporáneo.

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Judy Keane
202-541-3200


No Mere Greeting: The Hidden Meaning of the Hail Mary

No Mere Greeting: The Hidden Meaning of the Hail Mary

One thing that makes the rosary one of my favorite devotions is that it is essentially a scriptural prayer. This is true in two ways:…

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