Sr. Paula and Sr. Margaret: May They Rest in Peace

I join with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky in mourning the violent death of Sr. Paula Merrill, SCN.

I also extend my deepest sympathies to the School Sisters of St. Francis on the death of Sr. Margaret Held, SSSF.

Sr. Paula has spent the last 30 years ministering in Christ’s name to the poor and vulnerable as a nurse, and she and Sr. Margaret served together as nurse practitioners in central Mississippi.

They leave a legacy of dedication to their consecrated […]

2016-08-25T18:59:49+00:00August 25th, 2016|Archbishop's Blog|

Statement on the Appointment of Bishop Martin D. Holley as Bishop of Memphis

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I give thanks to God for the exciting news that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Martin D. Holley as the fifth Bishop of Memphis. Bishop Holley is a friend whom I know to have a pastoral heart and a wealth of experience, having served as auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and in a variety of ministries in his home diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. […]

2017-10-13T15:52:38+00:00August 23rd, 2016|Archbishop's Blog|

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Vatican Radio today presents a very good summary of the document of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops entitled, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”  Below is both the written script and the actual audio version.  In this heightened political climate, it is well worth your listening as it leads you and me to prayerfully study  the priorities in the document as we form a good conscience.  Below the text and link is also a link to the full text […]

2017-10-13T15:52:40+00:00August 9th, 2016|Archbishop's Blog|

World Youth Day Homily From Bishop Caggiano

On Saturday, July 30, I had the privilege to be the principal celebrant at a Mass in Krakow for the U.S. participants in World Youth Day.  At that Mass, Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport in Connecticut shared a fine and inspiring homily.  I felt the power of Jesus alive in and through Bishop Caggiano’s words and pastoral presence as these thousands of pilgrims were sent forth.  Below is his homily.

My sisters and brothers in the Lord, if […]

2017-10-13T15:52:40+00:00August 4th, 2016|Archbishop's Blog|