Monday, June 30, 2014

Synod Results

Synod Results

Hundreds of Catholics representing more than 200 parishes, schools and Catholic organizations throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee gathered the weekend of June 6-8 for “Synod 2014” to deliberate on and determine the priorities of the Catholic Church in southeastern Wisconsin for the next decade and beyond. Below are graphs of the voting results. For a full description of the Key Initiatives and voting percentages, click here.


Vatican City, 30 June 2014 (VIS) – The Pope's universal prayer intention 
for July is “that sports may always be occasions of human 
fraternity and growth”.

His prayer intention for evangelisation is “that the Holy Spirit may support 
the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries”.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Synod: Catholics Gather to Re-energize for the Future of The Church

MILWAUKEE – Hundreds of Catholics representing more than 200 parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will gather the weekend of June 6-8 for “Synod 2014” to deliberate on and determine the priorities of the Catholic Church in southeastern Wisconsin for the next decade and beyond.

“We are approaching a great moment in history,” said Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki. “Despite some of the challenges we’ve faced in recent years, I truly believe that for us, this will be a new Pentecost; a time of spiritual renewal to create a more inviting Church that reaches out to all people with our Lord’s message of hope, love and forgiveness.”   
Randy Nohl, chairman, Synod Preparatory Commission, explained how the Catholic Church, like many denominations, faces great challenges from preserving the dignity of marriage and family to fostering a culture of life, to renewing a climate that nurtures the call to vocations and bringing fallen away Catholics back to active participation in their faith community.  All of these topics will be discussed during the weekend-long Synod.
The entire Synod process began over 18 months ago. More than 15,000 parishioners from across the archdiocese have been integrally involved, praying, discerning and discussing what the Church can do better to bring people closer to Christ, as well as what the Church needs to consider to renew herself. 
“I’m grateful for the thousands of people who put their heart and soul into these efforts.  The faithful in Milwaukee have told me that our Church is alive and well! This provides great hope and promise for the future of our Church,” said Archbishop Listecki.
“What can Catholics expect from this Synod?  Renewal, revitalization and refreshed ways of doing things is my greatest hope,” said Margie Mandli, Synod Preparatory Commission member. The Synod preparatory efforts have allowed the Church to listen to the people in the pews. We’ve heard the needs and cries of our Church; and now the prayers and discussions will culminate at this Synod, resulting in a Spirit-filled plan for our Church to grow, thrive and serve.”
Nohl outlined the three pastoral focus areas for the Synod:
  • Catholic Identity:  Fostering a greater understanding of what it means to be Catholic, and how to create a love for the mystery, sacramentality and communion of our Church.  It is in greater understanding of our identity that we can transmit the true beauty of the Church.
  • Evangelization:  Creating a missionary spirit whereby all Catholics understand the “discipleship call” to bring the Gospel message to people in their workplaces, communities and parishes. 
  • Stewardship:  Creating an inspiration and a call for all Catholics to share their gifts and talents in a more intentional way to build the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Within these three categories, eight missionary areas will be discussed in depth including: the liturgy, cultural diversity, evangelization, formation, Catholic social teaching, marriage and family, leadership and stewardship. The delegates will ultimately present priorities of focus from each of these areas to the archbishop, who plans to issue a Synodal Declaration, outlining the vision for the archdiocese, sometime this September.
The opening Mass for the Synod will take place at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson, Milwaukee, June 6 at 7 p.m.  The Mass is open to the public.  Synod meetings will be held Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cousins Center, 3501 S. Lake Drive, Milwaukee.  The Sunday session will run from 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. culminating with a closing Mass for delegates in Mater Christi Chapel.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee was established in 1843, and became an archbishopric in 1875. It covers 4,758 square miles in southeast Wisconsin and includes the following counties: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha. Almost 600,000 Catholics are registered as members at 204 parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
The last Archdiocesan Synod took place in 1987.


Vatican City, 30 May 2014 (VIS) – Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for June is: “That the unemployed may receive support and find the work they need to live in dignity.”.
His intention for evangelisation is: “That Europe may rediscover its Christian roots through the witness of believers”.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for May 2014

Vatican City, 30 April 2014 (VIS) – Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for May is: “That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace”.

His intention for evangelisation is: “That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations”.

Monday, March 31, 2014


Vatican City, 31 March 2014 (VIS) - This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the initiatives forming part of the preparations for the canonisations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II, to be celebrated on 27 April. The speakers were Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar of His Holiness for the diocese of Rome, along with Msgr. Giulio Dellavite, secretary general for the Curia of Bergamo, Msgr. Walter Insero, head of the Office for Social Communications for the Vicariate of Rome, and Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office.
The initiatives will include a digital platform, the aim of which is to enable the faithful and pilgrims to have access to news and information regarding the ceremonies as well as a series of spiritual reflections on the life and teachings of both popes. Indeed, the official site is an almost-completed portal which offers contacts, sections for press offices, information, videos and images as well as biographical documentation on John XXIII and John Paul II. It will be available in five languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and Polish.
The application entitled "Santo Subito", which may be downloaded free in both Android and IOS formats (in Italian, English, Spanish and Polish) and whose title draws on the famed saintliness of both Popes even during their lifetimes, will offer logistical information, as well as access to the main news on the canonisations, and will allow material relating to the various liturgical events to be downloaded.
Existing media include:
Official page of the Postulation with content in five languages:
Official Twitter page with content in five languages:
YouTube channel for the Postulation:
This latter, developed in 2011 for the beatification of Karol Wojtyla, gives a detailed illustration of the stages in the canonical process leading to the recognition of the saintliness of John Paul II and is available in several languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Romanian.
The parallel project #2popesaints, realised in collaboration with the students of communication sciences from the Roman university LUMSA involves a series of networks enabling young people to get to know the lives, teachings and testimony of faith of the two new saints. There will be a Facebook page entitled 2popesaints; on Twitter, the account @2popesaints; on Instagram, #2popesaints; and on YouTube, 2popesaints. Every day each one of the above will propose a theme relating to both popes in the media, starting from 16 April until the canonisation, and each event will be transmitted live on each network.
On Google+ there will be the possibility of following in a "hangout" the daily briefings during the week leading up to the canonisation. A QR code will also be created to allow rapid access to the site The initiative "Rome connecting to the World", a form of "twinning" between the faithful arriving in Rome and the young people of the city, will make it possible to get to know the most important locations in Rome along with the history of John XXIII and John Paul II, providing information on the Facebook page.
In the diocese of Rome, on 22 April in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Cardinal Agostino Vallini will preside at a meeting addressing young people, with the postulators for the causes of both saints: Msgr. Slavomir Oder (John Paul II) and Fr. Giovangiuseppe Califano (John XXIII). On 26 April, starting at 9 p.m., there will be a "White night of prayer" and the churches throughout the centre of Rome will remain open for prayer and confession in various languages.
Similarly, the diocese of Bergamo will pay homage to XIII with the initiative "Le Opere Segno", a series of activities dedicated to charity, human development and solidarity which affect daily lives. They include an aid project for Haiti to guarantee three years' education in the John XXIII school; an invitation to priests to contribute a month's salary and all the alms collected by the parish communities on 27 April to a fund set up in aid of families afflicted by the economic crisis; and the commemoration, on 12 April, of the publication of the encyclical "Pacem in Terris", to be attended by ambassadors representing the countries where Angelo Roncalli carried out his diplomatic mission as an apostolic nuncio (Bulgaria, Turkey, Greek and France), and which will be presented by Jacques Delors, former president of the European Commission.

Pope Francis' Universal Prayer Intentions for April 2014

Vatican City, 31 March 2014 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for April is: "That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources".

His intention for evangelisation is: "That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness".