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The Mission Church of Spring Brook

The first church and founding parish community members circa 1888. The church was built by early families shown here. The men donated material and labor.  Remembering the faith and dedication of the early founders of St. Joseph Parish in Elk Mound The town of Spring Brook sits in a broad valley, which can be in […]

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May 15, 2018 – Officials

The Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, D.D., Bishop of La Crosse, makes the following announcement: The Reverend Eric R. Berns, has submitted his resignation as Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Marshfield, and it has been accepted, effective May 12, 2018.

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Dominic Lombardi Named as Executive Director of Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON— Dominic Lombardi has been appointed as Executive Director of the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Based in Washington, D.C., the secretariat assists the bishops in advancing the vocation and mission of the lay faithful, married couples, families, lay ecclesial ministers, and young people.   

Monsignor Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, made the appointment, which will take effect June 11, 2018.

"Dominic brings a wealth of academic knowledge and lived experience in the realms of family life, youth ministry, personal formation, and Church teaching to the Conference" said Msgr. Brian Bransfield. "In his work, he has accompanied the faithful on both an individual basis and as families. I am grateful for his acceptance of this important role in service to the bishops and the Conference."

Since July 2015, Mr. Lombardi has served as Secretary and Director for the Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization in the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From 2012-2017, he has also served as the Director for Adult and Graduate Recruitment, Services, and Partnerships for Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. He has previously worked as the Director of the Office for Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as the Associate Director of Adult Religious Education in the Diocese of Camden, and was Director of Adult Religious Formation in the Archdiocese of Washington.

He has taught theology at several universities since 1994 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Mr. Lombardi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1980. He earned his Master of Arts in Moral Theology from Saint Charles Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in 1990 and his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Washington, D.C., in 1994. He is married and has six children.  

For more information on the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, please visit: http://www.usccb.org/about/laity-marriage-family-life-and-youth/index.cfm.

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Judy Keane

202-541-3200


U.S. Bishops to Discuss Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care and Hear Update on National V Encuentro at June General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, June 13-14

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 13-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 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.

Bishop Nelson Pérez of Cleveland, chairman of the USCCB's Cultural Diversity Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs, will offer the bishops an update on the V Encuentro, as dioceses conclude their regional Encuentro meetings and prepare to attend the national event, September 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas. Thus far, the V Encuentro process has engaged hundreds of thousands of Latino Catholics during local and regionally held Encuentro events across the U.S. Approximately 3000 diocesan delegates are expected to represent them at the National V Encuentro gathering.

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Cultural Diversity's African American Affairs Chair and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, is also expected to provide a brief update to the General Assembly on the Pastoral Letter on Racism and report on the activities of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.  

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration will offer an update on the Share the Journey Campaign and its implementation in the United States.

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 include proposed revisions for the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and a discussion and vote on the statement Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters.

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.    

Added discussion and votes will occur regarding supplementary materials for the Roman Missal and the Liturgy of the Hours for the feast days of Saints John Paul II, John XXIII, and Mary Magdalene.

A joint presentation will be made to the body of bishops on the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, taking place in October. They will also present on World Youth Day taking place January 2019.

Coverage of the meeting is open to credentialed media. Sessions open to the media will be Wednesday, June 13, and the morning of Thursday, June 14. Media conferences will follow open sessions of the meeting as time allows. Reporters seeking to cover the meeting can download a credential application form available in English and Spanish and submit it by June 6 to media-relations@usccb.org or mail to:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Office of Public Affairs
June Meeting Credentials
3211 4th St. NE
Washington, DC 20017-1194


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Pastoral Leaders of Young Adult Ministry from Across U.S. will Gather in D.C. for National Summit, May 15-17

WASHINGTON—The USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY), in collaboration with its ad-hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, will offer a National Young Adult Ministry Summit May 15-17, 2018, at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

Over 130 pastoral leaders in the field of young adult ministry will attend, representing 53 Catholic archdioceses and dioceses, and 26 national organizations, movements, and apostolates.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. of Philadelphia and Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, said, "During these months in anticipation of the global Synod on 'Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment,' it is essential that Catholic leaders gather together to discuss and advance the Church's work with young adults."

The Summit is an invitation-only gathering focused on peer conversation and networking around best practices and emerging models of ministry with young adults, especially in view of the Synod and the increasing number of religiously-disaffiliated young adults in their 20s and 30s.

The ad-hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry was developed in 2016 to assist the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth with efforts related to serving the field of young adult ministry in the United States. The Summit has been organized by the National Advisory Team in their work to advance this mission.

The May 2018 gathering will also be live-streamed so that those unable to attend can still participate in plenary discussions and engage in an online dialogue. This digital opportunity is supported by the Catholic Apostolate Center, which is also providing generous financial support to the Summit.

For more information about the event or the live-streaming, contact the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at 202-541-3040 or email yam@usccb.org

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Media Contact:

Judy Keane

202-541-3200


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