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Pope Francis Names Rev. Msgr. Gerald L. Vincke as Bishop of Salina

 WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed the Rev. Msgr. Gerald L. Vincke as a Bishop of Salina, Kansas. Monsignor Vincke is a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, MI, and currently serves as pastor of Holy Family Parish, Grand Blanc, Michigan.

The appointment was publicized today in Washington, D.C, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Monsignor Vincke was born July 9, 1964 in Saginaw, Michigan, ninth of ten children. He holds an associate degree in Journalism (1985) from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, MI. Monsignor Vincke also holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations/Advertising from Ferris State College (1986). Monsignor Vincke also studied Philosophy at Thomas More College in Crestview, KY, 1986, and Theology at Athenaeum Seminary in Cincinnati, OH. In 1999, Rev. Msgr. Vincke received a Master of Divinity from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI.

Rev. Msgr. Vincke was ordained a priest on June 12, 1999 in the Diocese of Lansing.

In 2001-2002 Msgr. Vincke attended Creighton University, Omaha, NE, (Spirituality Courses). April 2012, he attended a course on Exorcism at the Congregation for the Clergy, Rome. In 2015, he studied at Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome (STL, Spirituality).

Assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Anne Arbor (1999-2001); director, Bethany House Youth Retreat Center, Lansing (2001-2004); director of seminarians/vocation director, Diocese of Lansing (2003-2010); weekend ministry, St. Thomas Parish, East Lansing (2005-2010); chairman, Formation Department (for priest, deacons, laity and seminarians) at Diocese of Lansing (2006-2010); spiritual director, Pontifical North American College, Rome (2010-2015); pastor, Holy Family Parish, Grand Blanc, Michigan, 2015 to present.

Currently, Monsignor Vincke also serves on the Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors. In 2012, he was named Chaplain to his Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI. He was appointed a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis in 2016.

The Diocese of Salina is comprised of 26,685 square miles in the state of Kansas and has a total population of 337,072 of which 44,369 or 13 percent are Catholic.
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Keywords: Bishops appointment, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Rev. Msgr. Gerald Vincke, Diocese of Salina.

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Update From Peru

Monsignor Joseph Hirsch has news from Casa Hogar and special music!  Airdate 6/9/18

A countryside disciple

Nonagenarian is a term which refers to a person who has reached age 90. But fancy words aren’t needed to describe Virginia Nix of St. Raymond of Penafort Parish in rural Fall Creek. Born in 1928, she was raised in the countryside near Strum. Virginia (nee Otto) never moved far from her roots. She grew […]

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USCCB Votes For 2018

Pope Francis has appointed the Rev. Msgr. Richard G. Henning as Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre and Rev. Msgr. Michael Fisher as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington.

Monsignor Henning is a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and currently serves as Rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, NY, and Director of the Sacred Heart Institute for the Ongoing Formation of Clergy. Monsignor Fisher is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and currently serves as Secretary for Ministerial Leadership and Vicar for Clergy.

The appointments were publicized today in Washington, D.C, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Rev. Msgr. Richard G. Henning was born October 17, 1964 in Rockville Centre, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History (1986) and a Master of Arts in History (1988) from St. John University, New York.  He attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, and was ordained a priest on May 30, 1992 at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. He received a licentiate in Biblical Theology in 2000 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a licentiate in Biblical Theology in 2007 from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, in Rome.

Assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar at St. Peter of Alcantara Church, Port Washington, New York, 1992-1997. He was assigned to graduate studies from 1997 to 2002. During this time, he served as weekend, summer and vacation help in a number of parishes including Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Wyandanch, NY; Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, VA and; St. Patrick Parish in Washington, DC.

Msgr. Henning served as Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture, Immaculate Conception Seminary, 2002-2007; Full Professor of Sacred Scripture, Immaculate Conception Seminary, 2007-2012; and was the Formation Adviser at Immaculate Conception Seminary, from 2002-2012. Monsignor Henning also serves as a weekend assistant, St. Patrick Church, Bay Shore, NY, 2002-present. He also was weekend assistant (Spanish Language), St. Mary Church, Roslyn, NY, 2002-2016; weekend assistant (Spanish Language) at St. Matthew Church, Dix Hills, NY. Since July 2015 to present, Rev. Msgr. Henning has been an Administrator at Our Lady of the Magnificat, Ocean Beach, Fire Island, NY. He has also received Papal Honors of Chaplain to His Holiness (2008) and Knight of the Holy Sepulcher (2012).

Currently he is a Consultor and a Trustee at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY; adjunct professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Joseph Seminary in Dunwoodie, NY; and Episcopal Vicar, Central Vicariate of Rockville Centre.

Rev. Msgr. Michael Fisher was born March 3, 1958, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest on June 23, 1990, in the Archdiocese of Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (1985) from University of Maryland, College Park and M. Div., and M.A., in Church History from Mt. St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD (1990).   

Assignments after ordination include: Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in La Plata, MD, (1990-1995); Pastor, Sacred Heart in Hillcrest Heights, from 1995-1999. Msgr. Fisher was then Pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Gaithersburg (1999-2005). From 2005-2006, he was Vicar General (residing in St. Mark Parish, Hyattsville, MD). Since 2006 to present, he has served as Vicar for Clergy and Secretary for Ministerial Leadership for the Archdiocese.

In 2005, Msgr. Fisher was named Chaplain of His Holiness, with title of Monsignor. He has been a member of Priest Retirement Board, Priest Council, College of Consultors Diaconate Review Board, Deacons Council, Formation Board, Continuing Formation Board, Priest Convocation Board and Chairman of the Clergy Personnel Board.

In 2006, Msgr. Fisher was Ecclesiastical Consultor to members of the Foundation Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice. Since 2016, he has also served on the Redemptoris Mater Seminary Pastoral Council.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is comprised of 1,198 square miles in the state of New York and has a total population of 2,889,841 of which 1,524,639 or 52 percent, are Catholic.

Bishop John O. Barres, is the current bishop of Rockville Centre.

The Archdiocese of Washington is comprised of 2,104 square miles in the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles Counties in Maryland. It has a total population of 2,980,005 of which 655,601 or 22 percent, are Catholic.

Donald Cardinal Wuerl, is the current Archbishop of Washington.

Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishops of Rockville Centre and Washington

 WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed the Rev. Msgr. Richard G. Henning as Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre and Rev. Msgr. Michael Fisher as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington.

Monsignor Henning is a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and currently serves as Rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, NY, and Director of the Sacred Heart Institute for the Ongoing Formation of Clergy. Monsignor Fisher is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and currently serves as Secretary for Ministerial Leadership and Vicar for Clergy.

The appointments were publicized today in Washington, D.C, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Rev. Msgr. Richard G. Henning was born October 17, 1964 in Rockville Centre, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History (1986) and a Master of Arts in History (1988) from St. John University, New York.  He attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, and was ordained a priest on May 30, 1992 at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. He received a licentiate in Biblical Theology in 2000 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a licentiate in Biblical Theology in 2007 from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, in Rome.

Assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar at St. Peter of Alcantara Church, Port Washington, New York, 1992-1997. He was assigned to graduate studies from 1997 to 2002. During this time, he served as weekend, summer and vacation help in a number of parishes including Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Wyandanch, NY; Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, VA and; St. Patrick Parish in Washington, DC.

Msgr. Henning served as Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture, Immaculate Conception Seminary, 2002-2007; Full Professor of Sacred Scripture, Immaculate Conception Seminary, 2007-2012; and was the Formation Adviser at Immaculate Conception Seminary, from 2002-2012. Monsignor Henning also serves as a weekend assistant, St. Patrick Church, Bay Shore, NY, 2002-present. He also was weekend assistant (Spanish Language), St. Mary Church, Roslyn, NY, 2002-2016; weekend assistant (Spanish Language) at St. Matthew Church, Dix Hills, NY. Since July 2015 to present, Rev. Msgr. Henning has been an Administrator at Our Lady of the Magnificat, Ocean Beach, Fire Island, NY. He has also received Papal Honors of Chaplain to His Holiness (2008) and Knight of the Holy Sepulcher (2012).

Currently he is a Consultor and a Trustee at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY; adjunct professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Joseph Seminary in Dunwoodie, NY; and Episcopal Vicar, Central Vicariate of Rockville Centre.

Rev. Msgr. Michael Fisher was born March 3, 1958, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest on June 23, 1990, in the Archdiocese of Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (1985) from University of Maryland, College Park and M. Div., and M.A., in Church History from Mt. St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD (1990).   

Assignments after ordination include: Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in La Plata, MD, (1990-1995); Pastor, Sacred Heart in Hillcrest Heights, from 1995-1999. Msgr. Fisher was then Pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Gaithersburg (1999-2005). From 2005-2006, he was Vicar General (residing in St. Mark Parish, Hyattsville, MD). Since 2006 to present, he has served as Vicar for Clergy and Secretary for Ministerial Leadership for the Archdiocese.

In 2005, Msgr. Fisher was named Chaplain of His Holiness, with title of Monsignor. He has been a member of Priest Retirement Board, Priest Council, College of Consultors Diaconate Review Board, Deacons Council, Formation Board, Continuing Formation Board, Priest Convocation Board and Chairman of the Clergy Personnel Board.

In 2006, Msgr. Fisher was Ecclesiastical Consultor to members of the Foundation Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice. Since 2016, he has also served on the Redemptoris Mater Seminary Pastoral Council.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is comprised of 1,198 square miles in the state of New York and has a total population of 2,889,841 of which 1,524,639 or 52 percent, are Catholic.

Bishop John O. Barres, is the current bishop of Rockville Centre.

The Archdiocese of Washington is comprised of 2,104 square miles in the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles Counties in Maryland. It has a total population of 2,980,005 of which 655,601 or 22 percent, are Catholic.

Donald Cardinal Wuerl, is the current Archbishop of Washington.  

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Keywords: Bishops appointment, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio,

Rev. Msgr. Richard G. Henning, Diocese of Rockville Centre, Rev. Msgr. Michael Fisher, Archdiocese of Washington, Auxiliary Bishop, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Bishop John O. Barres

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Spring General Assembly, June 13-14, to be Live Streamed, Carried via Satellite

Washington—The 2018 Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) being held in Fort Lauderdale, will be live streamed on the Internet, June 13-14, 2018. The livestream will be available at:  www.usccb.org/meetings. News releases, texts of addresses, presentations and other materials will also be posted on this page as they become available.  

Follow live conversation on Twitter with #USCCB18. Press conferences will also be streamed live on Facebook and Twitter.

Media outlets interested in taking the meeting's satellite feed may request coordinates by email at media-relations@usccb.org.

The live stream and satellite feed is expected to run from 8:45am (assembly starting time) to 5pm on Wednesday, June 13. On Thursday, June 14, the satellite feed will run from 8:45am to 2:00pm.

During the assembly, the full body of bishops will address a variety of topics including ethical and religious directives for Catholic healthcare services, a pastoral response to Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the US, and the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment as well as the V National Encuentro.

Bishop Robert J. McManus, Chairman of the Committee on Doctrine's Subcommittee on Health Care, will discuss proposed revisions to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services regarding collaboration with non-Catholic entities in the provision of health care services. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, will give a brief update on activities of the Committee, including the committee's promotion of Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week.

Items for discussion and votes will also include proposed revisions for the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Discussion and votes will also be proposed regarding new translations of various components of the Liturgy of the Hours including certain antiphons and intercessions. This will be one of several votes due to occur for this project over the next few years. Translations of the Liturgy of the Hours Grail Psalms have already been approved for U.S. dioceses.    

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Spring General Assembly, Fort Lauderdale, live stream, satellite

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Fr. Matthew O’Donnell is Winner of 2018 CCHD Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award

WASHINGTON—Fr. Matthew O'Donnell has been named as the winner of the 2018 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award, sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). CCHD is the anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  Fr. O'Donnell will be honored at a reception Wednesday, June 13, during the bishops' annual Spring General Assembly in Ft. Lauderdale.

Fr. O'Donnell is the pastor of St. Columbanus Parish in the Park Manor neighborhood of Chicago's South Side. In this role, he has helped the parish food pantry become the one of the city's largest, implemented efforts to address the systemic causes of poverty, created a new parish Community Service Center that offers GED prep, employment readiness, and career counseling; and, with the help of a CCHD grant, is opening a café to provide job training and hospitality. Fr. O'Donnell also works to counter neighborhood violence through parish efforts to console loved ones and lead prayers for peace after local shootings, and by regularly hosting events at the parish that bring together community members and law enforcement officers.

"At St. Columbanus, Fr. Matt O'Donnell has built a living example of Pope Francis' vision of a field hospital church that exists to serve humankind and spread the Gospel of a loving God. By his caring presence, his limitless energy for good works and his compassionate ministry, he has made St. Columbanus a beacon of hope in its community and an example of faith in action far beyond its borders," said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago.

Each year, the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award honors a Catholic between the age of 18 and 40 who demonstrates leadership in fighting poverty and injustice in the United States through community-based solutions. It is named for the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who served as archbishop of Chicago from 1982 till his death in 1996. He served as the first general secretary of the U.S. bishops from 1968-1972 and as third president of the U.S. bishops from 1974-1977.

More information about the award is available online: www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/cardinal-bernardin-new-leadership-award.cfm.

Fr. O'Donnell's remarks will be available at www.togoforth.org on June 13 following the award reception. 

If you would like a photo image of Fr. O'Donnell, please contact media-relations@usccb.org


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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Father Matthew O'Donnell, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award, New Leadership Award, June General Assembly, poverty, injustice, Pope Francis, community

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June 5, 2018 – Officials

The Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, D.D., Bishop of La Crosse, makes the following announcement: The Reverend Fernando Lara Hernandez, Associate Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Arcadia and Most Sacred Heart Parish in Pine Creek is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Parish and St. Stephen Parish, both in Stevens Point, effective July 5, […]

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Trading Security for service

Sister Yvonne Hiess ponders her day as she sits at her teacher’s desk at St. Elizabeth School in Milwaukee. One woman’s call to the ministry of a lifetime Meet Yvonne Rosemary Hiess, An admittedly shy little girl growing up in Eau Claire County in the 1940s. Surrounded by her brothers and sisters, she attended a […]

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World Youth Day Cross and Icon to travel around United States

WASHINGTON—The official World Youth Day (WYD) Cross and Marian Icon, entrusted to the youth and young adults of the world by St. John Paul II in 1984, will make a multi-city tour of the United States in August 2018, the first time in twenty-five years such a coordinated journey has occurred.

The USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY), in particular its World Youth Day USA (WYDUSA) initiative, is coordinating the national tour.

The Cross and Icon will travel across the country from Sunday, August 19 to Monday, August 27, 2018. The five stops along its U.S. journey will include, in order: Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles, California. 

Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, O.S.A., Metropolitan Archbishop of Panama and host of the next international World Youth Day gathering in January 2019, extended the Latin American tour of the WYD symbols to include the United States.

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport and WYD Episcopal Liaison for the USCCB, said, "We are grateful for this opportunity to host these incredible and unifying symbols in our country. I hope that young people and young adults will have an encounter with Christ and his mother Mary through the Cross and Icon, just as many have during World Youth Day. This summer tour is also very timely because August 2018 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the last time the pilgrim cross made a journey across the United States in advance of WYD 1993 in Denver."  

The Cross has traveled around the globe since 1984, when St. John Paul II gave it to young people. It has been part of every World Youth Day celebration beginning with the first official WYD event in Rome in 1986. In 2002, the Cross came to Ground Zero in New York City for a brief visit to bring comfort to the nation's young people in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2003, St. John Paul II presented the world's youth and young adults with a Marian Icon, under the title of Salus Populi Romani, which has accompanied the WYD Cross for the past fifteen years.

The USCCB is coordinating efforts with local dioceses, institutions, and pastoral leaders in each of the five hosting locations. More information about the nationwide journey of the WYD symbols will be released, as details are known, on the USCCB's World Youth Day website, www.wydusa.org and social media channels (@wydusa).

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