Bishop Blog: Mary, Evangelization, and Synod Update

Bishop Blog: Mary, Evangelization, and Synod Update

Immaculate Conception Today, December 8, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Catechism beautifully summarizes the Immaculate Conception this way: “No sin would touch her, so that she would be a fitting and worthy vessel of the Son of

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Bishop’s Blog: USCCB Fall General Assembly Recap

Bishop’s Blog: USCCB Fall General Assembly Recap

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland. It was good that we could gather again as a conference and brother bishops to spend a few days together. New this year, a

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Bishop’s Blog: November Events

Bishop’s Blog: November Events

2021 US Bishops’ Fall General Assembly This week I am in Baltimore, Maryland, for the General Assembly of US Bishops, also known as the November 2021 Plenary Assembly. It is nice to be back in person again after two years of meeting via Zoom. Connecting with and

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Bishop’s Blog: Many Ways to Leave a Legacy

Bishop’s Blog: Many Ways to Leave a Legacy

  In Part 2 of my recent Pastoral Letter, Presenting the Future, I begin by asking a question, “What Church will we leave behind?” Have you considered how you might respond? Whether you have been worshipping as a Catholic your entire life or only entered the Church

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Bishop’s Blog: Steps Forward

Bishop’s Blog: Steps Forward

  Mass to Open Synod Process Last Sunday, I opened the diocesan phase of the Synod —For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission—in the Fall River Diocese in the context of Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. A synod indicates the way that the members of the

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Bishop’s Blog: Release of New Pastoral Letter

Bishop’s Blog: Release of New Pastoral Letter

  Journeying Together Last Friday, on what was the 7th anniversary of my installation as Bishop of Fall River, I released a new Pastoral Letter, “Journeying Together: With Jesus on the Path of Faith and Hope.”  This letter introduces three areas of focus for the Diocese, as

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