WASHINGTON (CNS) -- This year's National Catholic Prayer breakfast took on a decidedly Kansas flavor, as Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City and Sam Brownback, a former House and Senate member and governor of Kansas, addressed nearly 1,000 gathered at a Washington hotel May 24.
Catholics who participate in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August or pray with their families during the Aug. 21-26 event can receive a plenary indulgence, the Vatican announced.
"Effective in action, gentle in ministry, constant in prayer – that’s the job description for the three of you for the rest of your lives,” said Bishop Schlert.
“We educate about who Jesus is and how he defines himself. He is the way, the truth and the light,” said Bishop Schlert, who was the principal celebrant for the Mass and presided at the special Marian devotion that paid tribute to the Blessed Mother as the “Queen of May.”
“Today is a day of accomplishment, but it is also a day of aspiration. It doesn’t end here. No one stops here today,” said Bishop Schlert while celebrating Baccalaureate Mass in the university’s Physical Education Center.
Royal wedding fever has caught on in many places, but it has a particular soft spot at Immaculate Heart Middle School and High School outside Los Angeles, the school Meghan Markle attended from seventh to 12th grade.
“We love human life in all of its forms and at all of its stages, and we seek its legal protection from conception until natural death,” said Father Stephan Isaac, assistant pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Sinking Spring.
It’s our way to make an extra effort to raise vocation awareness in our homes and to increase our prayer effort for vocations,” said Carolyn Tenaglia, parish director of religious education.
“Forgiveness, mercy and grace are available to you from God at every moment and in every circumstance ... even when they are not available to you from others,” said Deacon James Russo sharing the words of Pope Francis in saying, “God never tires of forgiving.”
“God has given us the perfect tool kit to live that life of holiness. He gives us the feminine genius, our charisms, the Holy Spirit, sacred Scripture and the Eucharist,” said Kelly Wahlquist, one of the keynoters at “Women: Hearts Afire – Be Who God Made You to Be,” the second annual Diocesan women’s conference May 5 at DeSales University, Center Valley.