Bishop's Column

October 16, 2018
USCCB statement aims to restore trust, purify church and remain mindful of victims’ sufferings
USCCB statement aims to restore trust, purify church and remain mindful of victims’ sufferings

As the church and those called to be shepherds continue to address the sexual abuse crisis that has so tragically scarred innocent lives and deeply wounded the faith of our Catholic communities, I now wish to share with you the September 19, 2018, statement of the Administrative Committee of the United States Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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September 11, 2018
Letter to faithful addresses abuse
Letter to faithful addresses abuse

I deeply regret that I must write to you about a subject so very disturbing and tragic within the Church. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing clerical sexual abuse of minors has been shocking and very upsetting to members within the Church and those who are not members of the Church.

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August 14, 2018
Transfiguration provides strength for daily living
Transfiguration provides strength for daily living

On August 6 we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. What an extraordinary event it must have been for the apostles Peter, James and John.

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June 12, 2018
Focus on the Eucharist endures beyond 12 months
Focus on the Eucharist endures beyond 12 months

The spring season for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation has concluded, and I would be remiss if I did not extend my gratitude for all who brought our candidates to such an important moment in their lives: the reception of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit and bestowing upon them the seven-fold gifts of His Holy Spirit, namely, “the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of the fear of the Lord (which is the spirit of wonder and awe in Lord’s presence)” (The Order of Confirmation). 

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May 16, 2018
Everyone in the Christian community must promote vocations
Everyone in the Christian community must promote vocations

Over the last several months, I have been working with our Priests’ Personnel Board in preparation for the June assignments of clergy. 

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April 17, 2018
Dedication of new St. Pius X Church offers example for young people
Dedication of new St. Pius X Church offers example for young people

On March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, we celebrated the dedication of the new St. Pius X Church in Chili. As you recall, the previous church was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Day in 2015. Such an event could destroy the spirit of a parish, but such was not the case for the good and faithful parishioners of St. Pius X Parish.

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March 16, 2018
Lent deepens our understanding of the sacrifice of the cross
Lent deepens our understanding of the sacrifice of the cross

We are now well into the holy season of Lent. The days pass very quickly, and it is possible that our resolutions to deepen and enrich our faith have not progressed as we had hoped.

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February 13, 2018
Grateful for installation anniversary, diocese’s devotion to the Eucharist
Grateful for installation anniversary, diocese’s devotion to the Eucharist

January 3, 2018, the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, marked the fourth anniversary of my installation as the Bishop of Rochester. These four years have passed very quickly and each year filled with many and varied activities

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December 12, 2017
The infant Jesus beckons us to renew our faith in him daily
The infant Jesus beckons us to renew our faith in him daily

On Sunday, December 3, we began the liturgical season of Advent in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth on Christmas Day. In the first reading from Isaiah proclaimed on that day, we heard these words: “No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for Him” (Isaiah 64:3). 

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November 14, 2017
Come to the Eucharist in mourning and thanksgiving
Come to the Eucharist in mourning and thanksgiving

During this month of November, the church particularly draws our attention to our deceased loved ones and asks that we unite in praying that the Lord grant to them eternal peace and eternal life in His abiding presence.

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