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St. Mark, the Evangelist

St. Mark, the Evangelist, is the author of the second Gospel and the patron saint of notaries. He wrote the Gospel in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition says the Romans asked St. Mark to record the teachings of St. Peter about Jesus.St. Mark is also said to have traveled with St. Paul and St. Barnabas, who was Mark's cousin, on their missionary journey through Cyprus. Mark is said to have founded the Church in Alexandria.St. Mark is sometimes called John Mark in the New Testament. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians.

The reopening of the cathedral

Hello and welcome! As I do each year for Holy Week, I am posting my blog a bit earlier than usual to leave myself free to participate in the events and liturgies of the Paschal Triduum. I want to begin this week by noting, even as we were celebrating the dedication of our newly renovated […]

Remembering Marshall Sloane

Hello and welcome, Yesterday, the four diocesan bishops of Massachusetts issued a joint statement on the proposal to expand abortion in the Commonwealth. The statement is part of our efforts to raise awareness of the extreme aspects of this attempt to enshrine late-term abortion and other radical provisions into state law. I invite you to […]

An interfaith meeting on the ROE Act

Hello and welcome! We were very pleased this week to learn that the Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. While the news was welcome, it was not a great surprise, as many of us were hoping for him to be named to that post. Archbishop Gregory is an […]

The ADL’s A Nation of Immigrants Community Seder

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, we had our annual Lenten Morning of Prayer and Reflection for employees at the Pastoral Center, which have always been very well received. We want people to feel that, in working in the Church, there is pastoral care available for them. It can be very challenging working for the Church […]

Meeting with priests, seminarians and religious

Hello and welcome! This week was our meeting of the Board of Directors of The Catholic University of America. Being in Washington gave me the chance to celebrate Mass for St. Joseph’s Day with the Missionaries of Charity, who have a formation program there for about 40 sisters. I also visited the new Chapel at […]

Celebrating the Rite of Election

Hello and welcome, To our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand who are suffering from today’s murderous attacks on innocent people of faith and goodwill during their time of prayer, we stand with you in condemning this horrendous assault on human dignity. We lift up our hearts in earnest prayer to God on behalf […]

Ash Wednesday

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week by sharing my Lenten letter, which was issued earlier today. In order to assure our Catholic people that we are doing everything possible to build on the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, in which the accountability of bishops was weak, and […]

Reflecting on the summit

Hello and welcome, As I concluded last week, we were in the midst of the Vatican’s Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church. This week, I would like to share my experiences of the remainder of the conference as well as offer some thoughts on the gathering as a whole. As I mentioned […]

Beginning the child protection summit

Hello and welcome, This past week I have been in Rome for the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church. The Holy Father has called this meeting of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences from around the world, along with patriarchs of the various Eastern Rite Churches and a number of religious superiors […]