More than 3,200 Hispanic ministry leaders and about 125 bishops from across the country processed into the conference center in Grapevine, Texas, to kick-off the highly anticipated Fifth National Encuentro for Hispanic Ministry, which will continue to unfold over the next three days through Sept. 23. Following a multiyear process of prayerful discernment and consultation in parishes and dioceses in the U.S., leaders from around the country have come together seeking answers to how the Church can respond to the growing Hispanic population and develop a new pastoral plan that will address its many challenges.
Bishop Felipe Estévez and 19 local Catholics will join 3,000 delegates in Grapevine, Texas, Sept. 20-23, for the Fifth National Encuentro – Missionary Disciples, Witnesses of God’s Love. Among the local delegates are young people, new and emerging leaders, and seasoned leaders of the Diocese of St. Augustine.
As we recall that fateful day 17 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, we can’t help but reflect on the horror of those tragic events in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania that claimed the lives of more than 3,000 Americans – men, women and children.
By Lorraine Thompson
In an official ceremony Sept. 5, Bishop Felipe Estévez blessed and dedicated the new St. Enda of Aran Formation Center at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in St. Augustine. With Pastor Timothy Linderfelser and parishioners of all ages participating, the event began with a prayer service in the church followed by the blessing of the new center by Bishop Estévez. The event concluded with a reception in the new building which includes nine classrooms, a nursery, three meeting rooms, a choir rehearsal room and a multipurpose room named St. Jude Celebration Hall.
Bishop Felipe Estévez is calling on the faithful of the Diocese of St. Augustine to join him in a solemn time of prayer and fasting on Sept. 14 (feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross) and Sept. 15 (feast of Our Lady of Sorrows) in response to the tragic and abhorrent news concerning clergy sexual abuse, particularly in the United States.
August 16, 2018
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops this week. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along with initial steps of a plan that will involve laity, experts, and the Vatican. A more developed plan will be presented to the full body of bishops at their general assembly meeting in Baltimore in November.
The third Sunday of September in the United States is celebrated as Catechetical Sunday in honor to acknowledge and commission those who are catechists. In his encyclical Redemptoris Missio, Pope John Paul II, said, “Among the laity who become evangelizers, catechists have a place of honor…Catechists are among those who have received Christ’s command to ‘go and teach all nations.’”
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program and a host of organizations will join together in hosting the 5th Annual Multi-Cultural Celebration on July 22, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 742 Arlington Road in Jacksonville. The festival begins with Mass at 11:00 a.m.