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Aug 31, 2018, 7:30 PM
When Pope Francis established the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation almost five years ago, he declared that this day would provide “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation…
Aug 28, 2018, 1:15 PM
If You See Something, Say Something. This message on billboards, in airport terminals and on buses appears to be as well-branded today as Smokey the Bear’s mantra, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires” was in my youth. We all want to…
Aug 21, 2018, 2:00 PM
Noe Ramirez of Living Hope Wheelchair Association receives the Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award in Houston, TX. Noe has been a quadriplegic for more than twenty years, ever since a drunk driver knocked him off his bicycle as…
Aug 15, 2018, 1:03 PM
As we approach the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry (Sept. 20-23, 2018), we celebrate the leadership and gifts of Hispanic Catholics in the United States.  The USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development is…
Aug 7, 2018, 1:20 PM
As I wrote in the first post of this series exploring the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ resource Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM), “The Church is called to represent the communion of the Trinity,…
Jul 31, 2018, 9:15 PM
In less than two months, I will participate in the V National Encuentro alongside 3,000 other delegates and collaborators who are engaged in Hispanic/Latino Ministry in the United States. Inspired by Pope Francis’ social teaching and actions of…
Jul 19, 2018, 1:00 PM
Bill Scholl, Social Justice Consultant for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas The prophet Nathan knew the power of a well-told story to transform. After King David sinned against God and neighbor by sending a man to die in battle so…
Jul 11, 2018, 8:45 PM
Three years after the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, two of the document’s challenges still resonate as strongly as they did when I first read them: “the use of highly polluting fossil fuels ... needs to…
Jul 2, 2018, 2:30 PM
My husband was working at a parish leading Hispanic Ministry and several times he would have people at the English masses ask him, “How’s ministry going with all those Mexicans?” Being raised in Mexico himself, he was bothered by…
Jun 25, 2018, 12:00 PM
Drive through just about any American town, and you will encounter St. Jeanne Jugan, St. Vincent de Paul, Ven. Dorothy Day, St. Katherine Drexel, or Our Blessed Mother. Under the patronage of these saints—and many others—Catholics in our…