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  • Seminarian ordained transitional deacon - Thursday October 3rd, 2013 Seminarian Peter VanLieshout ordained transitional deacon October 3, 2013 – Diocese of Rochester seminarian Peter Van Lieshout was ordained a transitional deacon at the North American College in Rome, Italy, today. Deacon Van Lieshout is scheduled to be ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rochester in June 2014. He was ordained by Cardinal James Harvey, archpriest ...
  • Red Mass to be held Oct. 18, 2013 - Thursday October 3rd, 2013 Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark will celebrate the Red Mass,  invoking the help of the Holy Spirit on judges, prosecutors, civil attorneys, canon lawyers and local governmental officials and all those in the legal community, on Friday, October 18, 2013, at 12:15 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester. Bishop Clark cordially invites ...
  • 2013 Respect Life Month Statement - Tuesday October 1st, 2013 Respect Life Sunday opens year-long program of education, prayer, advocacy 2013-14 Respect Life Program theme: “Open your hearts to life!” USCCB Pro-Life chairman: “Share the truth about human life”
  • Blue Mass Oct. 27 - Tuesday October 1st, 2013 Blue Mass to pray for law enforcement personnel Oct. 27 The annual Blue Mass honoring law enforcement personnel in our community will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at 11:15 a.m., at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Most Rev. Matthew H. Clark, Bishop Emeritus, will preside. Representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout our community will ...
  • Statement on Casino Gambling - Monday September 30th, 2013 On November 5, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to decide an important matter affecting our communities. A statewide referendum of the people will be the final say on whether or not to amend the state’s Constitution to authorize casino gambling. As pastors and as citizens, we call on all voters to very carefully consider ...
  • Catholic Ministries Appeal begins - Monday September 23rd, 2013 Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Rochester, today appealed to all Catholics in the 12-county Diocese to support the 2013/14 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA), which is launching this week with the theme, “We Are God’s Helping Hands.”
  • September 11: Patriot Day - Monday September 9th, 2013 911. For years, those numbers simply meant a call for help. Now they also remind us of September 11, 2001, the date of the worst terrorist attack on the United States of America and one of the deadliest days ever on American soil. To mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in 2011, we gathered reflections ...
  • USCCB Statement on Labor Day - Friday August 30th, 2013 Every human being enjoys a basic right to be respected, not because of any title, position, prestige, or accomplishment but first of all because we are created in the image and likeness of God. From an ethical and moral perspective we embrace the exhortation of St. Paul “to anticipate one another in showing honor” (Rom ...
  • Immigration Reform: The Time is Now - Thursday August 15th, 2013 A Statement from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo Archbishop Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life. The Attorney General’s recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection. These vulnerable women will ...
  • Statement from the USCCB on court rulings - Friday July 26th, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and ...

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