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U.S. Ordination Class 2014

Ordination Class 2014 Is 15 Percent Hispanic, Includes Many Catholic School Graduates, Median Age, 32

May 15, 2014

About 31 percent of new priests foreign-born, 15 percent Hispanic
Half attended Catholic grade school; 41 percent, Catholic high school; 45 percent, Catholic College
Median age 32, youngest 25, oldest 70

 
WASHINGTON—The 2014 class of men ordained to the priesthood includes 15 percent Hispanic/Latino. This reflects a gradual increase of Hispanic/Latino priests in the U.S. church over decades, but is about half the percentage of Hispanics in the Catholic Church in the U.S. overall.

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U.S. Bishops to Meet in New Orleans for Spring General Assembly, June 11-13

May 6, 2014

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet June 11-13, in New Orleans, for their annual Spring General Assembly. The opening Mass of the June general session will be celebrated by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president, at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis.The second day of the general session will include presentations and discussion on two special topics: “Marriage and the Economy” and “the New Evangelization and Poverty.” Other agenda items include:•  A presentation on the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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Asian Pacific Catholics to Hold 12th Annual Pilgrimage at National Shrine of the Immaculate Concepti

April 25, 2014

WASHINGTON—Asian and Pacific Catholics will hold their 12th annual Marian Pilgrimage Saturday, May 10. This one-day pilgrimage is a celebration of faith and heritage held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington and is open to everyone.

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Novena to the Divine Mercy: 9-Day Devotion Begins Today April 18, 2014

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.  He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:

"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy."

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U.S. Bishops Call For Action on Immigration

Echoing Pope Francis, Cardinal O’Malley and Brother Bishops Decry Indifference to Suffering of Migrants Under U.S. Immigration System, Call For Action on Immigration Reform

April 1, 2014

Celebrate Mass and lay wreath at border to remember dead migrants; Call upon Congress to move quickly to end family separations; Request Administration to limit deportations of family members

NOGALES, Arizona—Led by Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border April 1, and celebrated Mass in remembrance of migrants who have died attempting to reach the United States. This Mission for Migrants included a wreath laying ceremony and a tour of the border. It was inspired by the trip by Pope Francis to Lampedusa, Italy, last year to pray for migrants who died attempting to reach Europe by boat.

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