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April 21, 2018 – Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

The Words of Eternal Life John 6:60-69 At the conclusion of the discourse, the disciples admit that they find Jesus’ words difficult to understand and his directives difficult to follow. Some choose to walk away. The twelve remain, and Peter, their spokesperson, states bluntly that knowing him, journeying with him, leaves them no choice but to remain with him. Prayer: There is nowhere else to go and certainly no one else to go with but you. You are the Way.

Press Conference Advisory: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Vice President and Committee Chairman on Migration to Announce Position of Support on Legislation to Protect Dreamers

WASHINGTON—On Tuesday, April 24th, the Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration will hold a press conference regarding future endeavors to finding a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Vice President of the USCCB, as well as Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chair of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, will announce their support for a legislative solution for Dreamers, and take questions from the media.

WHAT:   Press Conference with Archbishop José Gomez,
               Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Vice President of the USCCB
               joined by Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas,
               Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10:00 am (EDT)

WHERE:  Hall of States Building
               444 North Capitol Street, Suite 383
               Washington, DC 20001

To RSVP please email MRS Communications Manager, Mark Priceman, at mpriceman@usccb.org.

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Media Contacts:

Judy Keane
202-541-3200

Mark Priceman
202-541-3064

Ordination Class of 2018: CARA Report Gives Reasons for Hope and Areas for Growth

WASHINGTON—According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate's (CARA) annual survey, in the Ordination Class of 2018, almost all responding ordinands reported being baptized Catholic as an infant (90 percent). Among those who became Catholic later in life, the average age of conversion was 26. Four in five responding ordinands (83 percent) report that both their parents were Catholic when they were children. One in three (35 percent) has or had a relative who is a priest or religious.

The total number of potential ordinands for the class of 2018, 430, is a lower number from 590 in 2017.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, CSsR, of Newark, Chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, found that the data gives reason for hope as well as provides areas for future growth.

"Although the overall number of ordinations to the Priesthood is lower this year, the information gathered from this survey and the generosity of those to be ordained continues to inform the important work of vocations ministry for the future. It is essential that we continue to make the conscious effort to encourage young men to be open to hearing God's call in their life and assist them in the discernment process."

Father Ralph B. O'Donnell, Executive Director of the Secretariat, cited the significance of encouraging vocations awareness: "One of the most encouraging statistics to see in this study is that 86 percent of those to be ordained to the priesthood this year were encouraged to do so by someone in their life (most frequently a parish priest, friend or another parishioner). A similar percentage was reported in February in the most recent survey of those solemnly professed. This fact should enliven in the faithful a resolve to actively encourage the young people that they encounter to consider to what vocation God is calling them and to be generous in their response."

The Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate gathered the data for "The Class of 2018: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood." CARA collects the data annually for the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. Approximately 78 percent of the 430 potential ordinands reported to CARA. These 334 respondents include 252 ordinands to the diocesan priesthood and 78 ordinands to the religious priesthood.

Among the survey's major findings:

The majority of responding ordinands are Caucasian (seven in ten) and were born in the United States (three in four). One in four is foreign-born. By comparison, since 1999, on average each year, 30 percent of responding ordinands were foreign-born.

The four most common countries of birth among the foreign-born are Mexico, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Colombia. On average, foreign-born responding ordinands came to live in the United States 12 years ago at the age of 23.

On average, responding ordinands first considered priesthood when they were 17 years old. Responding ordinands were scheduled for ordination on average 18 years later (at the age of 35). Since 1999, the average age of responding ordinands has fluctuated only slightly each year, from an average of 36 in 1999 to the current average age of 35.

Between 39 and 47 percent of all responding ordinands attended a Catholic school for at least some part of their schooling. Half of responding ordinands (51 percent) participated in a religious education program in their parish for seven years, on average.

Nearly half of responding ordinands (45 percent) report that they completed a college or university undergraduate degree before entering the seminary. The most common fields of study are social science, theology or philosophy, business, or liberal arts.

Two in three responding ordinands (64 percent) reported full-time work experience prior to entering the seminary. One in twenty responding ordinands served in the U.S. Armed Forces themselves. About one in eight responding ordinands (13 percent) reported that one or both parents had a military career in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Almost all responding ordinands reported being baptized Catholic as an infant (90 percent). Among those who became Catholic later in life, the average age of conversion was 26. Four in five responding ordinands (83 percent) report that both their parents were Catholic when they were children. One in three (35 percent) has or had a relative who is a priest or religious.

Regarding participation in parish ministries before entering the seminary, nearly three fourths of responding ordinands (74 percent) served as altar servers before entering the seminary. Nearly three in five (57 percent) served as lectors. Around half served as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (46 percent). One in three served as catechists (38 percent), in campus ministry or youth ministry (35 percent), or as confirmation sponsors/godfathers (31 percent).

In regard to participation in vocation programs before entering the seminary, half of responding ordinands (46 percent) reported participating in "Come and See" weekends at the seminary or the religious institute/society.

Nearly nine in ten responding ordinands (86 percent) reported being encouraged to consider the priesthood by someone in their life (most frequently, a parish priest, friend, or another parishioner). Responding ordinands indicate that, on average, four individuals encouraged their vocation.

One-half of responding ordinands (51 percent) indicated that they were discouraged from considering the priesthood by one or more persons. Most often, this person was a friend/classmate or a family member (other than parents).

The full report can be found online: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/ordination-class/class-of-2018/ordination-class-of-2018.cfm.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, ordination, class of 2018, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Father Ralph B. O'Donnell, priesthood, ordinands, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, diocesan priesthood, religious life

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane
202-541-3200

April 20, 2018 – Friday of the Third Week of Easter

The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:52-59 These passages in the discourse begin with the Jews quarreling with one another about Jesus offering his physical flesh. He responds by telling them that unless they eat his flesh and drink his blood they will not have life within them. They are blinded to the spiritual reality of his words. Prayer: I will admit that is nearly impossible to understand the Eucharist because of my human limitations, but because you say it, Lord, I believe.

April 19, 2018 – Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:44-51 The Eucharistic theme is at the heart of this gospel, and “believe” is the operative verb. Jesus must be consciously received as the bread from heaven, God’s revelation. Eating his flesh and drinking his blood provides ongoing nourishment for the believer. This belief is not optional; it is essential. Prayer: Eating and drinking take on a whole new meaning in the Eucharist. I realize that prayer, reflection, and belief in what it means is so important in my receiving your body and blood.

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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Media Contact:
Judy Keane
202-541-3200


April 18, 2018 – Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:35-40 Jesus is the bread of life. The food and drink analogy in John’s gospel shows that he is the only one necessary to gain eternal life. It is God’s will that everyone believe. The crowd’s initial misunderstanding, in reality unbelief, is proof that just because they see the truth does not mean they believe. They see what they want to see, not what is real. Prayer: Lord, I can understand what it is to see only what I want to see. Believing can be hard and scary because of what it demanded of you and what it will demand of me. I pray for clarity and courage.

April 17, 2018 – Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:30-35 The crowd boldly asks Jesus for signs. What else can he do for them? Clearly their enthusiasm about the multiplication has faded. They cite what Moses did for the people in the desert. Jesus responds by saying that God was responsible for that miracle, not Moses. He reminds them again that the bread of God is not meant to satisfy their physical hunger. Prayer: Lord, I can be pretty dense. How many times do you have to tell me? How many ways do you have to say it? Thank you for your patience and persistence.

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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Media Contact:
Judy Keane
202-541-3200

April 16, 2108 – Monday of the Third Week of Easter

The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:22-29 After the disciples witnessed Jesus walking on the water, they returned to shore. Meanwhile, the crowds who had been fed searched for Jesus. When they found him they asked how he had gotten to Capernaum. Rather than satisfying their curiosity, Jesus redirected their attention to the spiritual nature of his mission. He told them that the only reason they searched as they did was because of physical hunger. He cautioned them about relying on food that is perishable. The bread they need is the bread of the Father, the source of eternal life. Prayer: I confuse my wants with my needs. Would that I believed that you are all I need. I ask your grace to let go and trust in you.