May 2018


Catholic Dioceses contribute more than $58.7 million to recovery efforts in the wake of 2017 hurricanes and Mexico earthquakes

Washington, D.C. – In response to the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and earthquakes in Mexico, Catholics across the United States have contributed nearly $59 million to relief and recovery efforts. Initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), special collections and funds were launched last year to support humanitarian […]

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine approves $46,729 in grants to “foster practical responses” to Biblical literacy

Washington, D.C. – This spring, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) awarded grants in the amount of $46,729 for three projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation. The CCD works with the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) to offer these grants accepting applications only from the […]

Cardinal Timothy Dolan says separating abortion from Title X family planning program is “greatly needed” and “deeply appreciated”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, made the following statement in response to the news that the Trump Administration intends to separate abortion from the Title X family planning program: “The news that the Trump Administration will be issuing new regulations to separate abortion from […]

U.S. Bishops’ chairmen applaud Kansas and Oklahoma for enacting laws that keep kids first in foster care and adoption services

Washington, D.C. – By enacting laws protecting the conscience rights of adoption and foster care providers, “Kansas and Oklahoma are keeping kids first,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of […]

Chair of USCCB International Committee says “violence is not the answer” to conflict between Israelis and Palestinians

Washington, D.C. – In response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, stated the following: “The violence in Gaza that has led […]

Dominic Lombardi named as executive director of Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Washington, D.C. – 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 secretariatassists the bishops in advancing the vocation and mission of the lay faithful, married couples, families, lay ecclesial ministers, and young […]

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announce publishing of 50th anniversary edition of Blessed Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae

Washington, D.C. – In honor of the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae (On the Regulation of Birth), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is making available a special 50th anniversary edition that includes reflections from succeeding popes on the prophetic teaching that honors the spiritual and sensory elements found in conjugal love. […]

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, D.C. – 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 […]

Bishop Swain to lead pilgrimage to Poland in October

Bishop Paul J. Swain will lead a pilgrimage to Poland from Oct. 12-20. “Forty years ago this year St. John Paul II was elected by the Cardinals under the guidance of the Holy Spirit as the 263rd Pope. He served for over a quarter century,” Bishop Swain said in announcing the pilgrimage. “His leadership, courage, […]

Diocese to ordain Permanent Deacons May 24

Four men of the diocese will be ordained, God willing, as Permanent Deacons on May 24 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. They are Timothy Dickes, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Sioux Falls; Maurice Barrett of St. James Parish, Chamberlain; Glenn Ridder of St. Mary Parish, Sioux Falls; and Thane Barnier of Christ the King Parish, […]