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July 17, 2018 – Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reproaches to Unrepentant Towns Matthew 11:20-24 Jesus warns the Galilean cities about their unwillingness to repent for their wicked and prideful behavior. The people did not respond to his mighty deeds in Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. He likens the consequences for their behavior to that of the doomed ancient cities. Prayer: I pray this day for those whose hearts are hardened. Show me the way to be instrumental in their repentance and return.

July 16, 2018 – Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus: A Cause of Division/The Conditions of Discipleship/Rewards Matthew 10:34-11:1 Jesus’ words are harsh. The demands of discipleship are extreme. Jesus tells his disciples that the challenges they face may well include family division. No relationship, even that of blood relatives, should come before their relationship with him. Prayer: I ask that you help my family understand when in ministry and in life I am sometimes called away from them to serve you by serving others.

July 15, 2018 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Mission of the Twelve Mark 6:7-13 Jesus summons, teaches, and then sends the disciples out. He gives them detailed instructions that include what to do in the event they are rejected. They are to remain completely dependent on God’s care. Prayer: Your mission lives on as you summon, teach, and send us forth. To be your hands and your feet in this small corner of the earth you created is truly a gift for which I am so grateful.

July 14, 2018 – Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Coming Persecutions/Courage under Persecution Matthew 10: 24-33 Jesus gives three points as encouragement to his disciples, each beginning with the words “Do not be afraid.” The kingdom of God will come, and the unbelievers will be revealed. Those who oppose you may destroy your body but not your soul. You will be judged by your fidelity to the mission. Prayer: May we listen to your words of comfort and consolation and believe that you will strengthen us in the best of times and sustain us in the worst of times.

July 13, 2018 – Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Coming Persecutions Matthew 10:16-23 Jesus’ missionary discourse continues. He is telling the disciples to expect the same treatment that he received. They are like defenseless creatures sent out among predators. It is crucial that they are careful but at the same time forthright. Prayer: We pray for all who suffer persecution for your sake. Blessed are they. May they find hope in your promise of salvation.

Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA Lend Their Support to Catholic Charities Agencies Reuniting Families

 WASHINGTON—The Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) today issued the following statement on the ongoing efforts to reunite children separated from their families at the border.

"As we have long done, CCUSA and Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB are lending our experience and expertise to support Catholic Charities agencies in their efforts to reunite families and care for immigrant children during this sensitive time. While we strongly oppose the policies that led to these families being separated, we remain committed to working to ensure their safe reunification. Protection of families is a foundational element of Catholic Social Teaching and this moment calls on all people of good will to lend a hand to reunite these children with their parents."

To learn more about how you can help visit: Justice for Immigrants and Catholic Charities USA

About USCCB Migration and Refugee Services

Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. For more than 50 years, MRS has served and advocated for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking. To learn more about MRS, please visit

About Catholic Charities USA             

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA's members provide help and create hope to more than 8 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at


Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Migration and Refugee Services, MRS, Catholic Charities USA, CCUSA, Justice for Inmigrants.


Media Contacts:

USCCB Contact: Mark Priceman            CCUSA Contact: Patricia Cole                    

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Lucas Koach Named as Director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

 WASHINGTON—Lucas Koach has been appointed as Director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Monsignor Brian Bransfield, USCCB Secretary General, made the appointment, which will take effect July 30, 2018.

Mr. Koach brings over 20 years of experience in Christian ministry and global humanitarian public policy. Since 2011, he has served as the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for Food for the Hungry. Along with extensive interaction with the US Congress and administrative branch, he has participated in multilateral agency policy forums at the UN and the World Bank and has gained a reputation as a respected coalition builder. He serves on the Board of the Accord network, an association of 90 US-based Christian relief and development organizations and also the board of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, which elevates the relief and development capacities of international faith-based organizations among multilateral institutions.

Mr. Koach is a convert to Catholicism, having served many years prior as an associate pastor in the Anglican Church in Florida and Arkansas.

"Mr. Koach brings the kind of experience, relationships, knowledge and managerial acumen necessary for a position of such breadth," said Msgr. Bransfield. "We look forward to working with him on the major international issues that are so important to the Church and the world."

Lucas Koach graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1992. He earned his Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries from the Denver Seminary in 2002. 

For more information on the USCCB Office of International Justice and Peace, please visit: 

Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Office of International Justice and Peace, Lucas Koach, Msgr. Brian Bransfield


Media Contact:

Judy Keane


July 12, 2018 – Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

The Commissioning of the Twelve, cont’d Matthew 10:7-15 The Twelve have been given the gift of discipleship. Now they are to go out and make disciples. Their mission is the extension of Jesus’ mission. If they are rejected they are not to react with anger or violence. They are to move on, trusting in God. Prayer: We pray for all who are called and sent out, that they will rely on the Holy Spirit for the courage to say and do what is right, no matter the cost.

July 11, 2018 – Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot

The Mission of the Twelve/The Commissioning of the Twelve Matthew 10:1-7 In yesterday’s Gospel Jesus instructed the disciples to pray to the Father for an increase in laborers. In today’s Gospel he passes on to the Twelve the power over demons and diseases. They are named and commissioned to go out to serve the Jewish people, the “lost sheep of Israel.” Prayer: Your own people rejected you, Lord, but you did not abandon them. I believe you love the Jewish people as much today as you did then and will them to turn to you.

Pope Francis Names Bishop Oscar Cantú as Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose

 WASHINGTON— Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Oscar Cantú as Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose, California. Bishop Cantú was up until now Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The appointment was publicized in Washington on July 11, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Cantú was born in Houston on December 5, 1966. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas, and received his Masters in Divinity and Masters in Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas, also in Houston. He also attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) as well as his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.). Bishop Cantú was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Houston in 1994.

He spent his priestly career working in parishes throughout the Houston metropolitan area. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Christopher Parish. He also taught at the University of St. Thomas and at St. Mary's Seminary. He served as pastor at Holy Name Parish. He was involved in the Christian Family movement; conducted retreats and worked with the Engaged Encounter ministry. Bishop Cantú was also involved in The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) that addresses social issues in the community.

Bishop Cantú was appointed and then ordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio and Titular Bishop of Dardano in 2008. In 2013, Bishop Cantú was appointed as bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, NM. He was installed as bishop on February 28, 2013.

Bishop Oscar Cantú is the former Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace. He is currently a member of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America and Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.

Most Rev. Cantú was one of two delegates chosen by the Bishops' Conference to represent the USCCB at Pope Francis' visit to Mexico in 2016.

The Diocese of San Jose is comprised of 1,300 square miles in the state of California and has a total population of 1,918,044 of which 620,000 or 32.32 percent are Catholic.


Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Diocese of San Jose, Las Cruces.


Media Contact:

Judy Keane