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Friday

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The full statement follows:

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.

Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.

I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions.

Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.

Thursday

On June 27 Redemptorists worldwide begin a yearlong celebration honoring the 150th anniversary since Pope Pius IX entrusted the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to them, asking the Congregation to "make her known throughout the world."

Below, see the video announcement by Superior General Father Michael Brehl.

Tuesday

Provincial Superior Father Paul Borowski has announced the following transfers and assignments for the Baltimore Province, effective August 6, 2015 (except where noted):

Father Matthew Allman
From St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
To Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Appointed Province Vocation Director

Father Thomas Barrett
From Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, N.Y.
To St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, Timonium, Md.
In residence

Father Richard Bennett
From Immaculate Conception Church, Bronx, N.Y.
To St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
Appointed Pastor

Father George Blasick
From Our Lady of Lourdes, Seaford, Del.
To St. Clement’s Church, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Appointed Rector/Pastor

Father Alfred Bradley
From St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
To Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Approved for doctoral studies

Father Blas Caceres
From St. Mary’s, Annapolis, Md.
To St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
Appointed Associate Pastor (in charge of Hispanic ministry)

Father Gordon Cannoles
From St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
To St. Clement’s Mission House (OMPH), Ephrata, Pa.
Appointed Associate Pastor

Father Andrew Carr
From Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baltimore
To St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, Timonium, Md.
In residence

Father Gerard Chylko
From Holy Redeemer College, Washington, D.C.
To St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
Appointed Associate Pastor

Father Raymond Collins
From Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston
To St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
Appointed Rector/Shrine Director

Father Luyen Dau
From St. Clement’s Church, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
To Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
On loan to the Diocese of Victoria, Canada

Father Lenin Delgado
From Most Holy Redeemer, 3rd St., New York
To Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pursuing entrance into
Voluntas Dei Institute

Father Pierre Desruisseaux (Region of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti)
From student community, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston
To Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston
Appointed Associate Pastor

Father James Dowds
From Holy Redeemer College, Washington, D.C.
To Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Chaplain at Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, Ridgecrest, Calif.

Father Jack Jason Fiske
From Our Lady of Fatima, Baltimore
To St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, Timonium, Md.
In residence

Father Arthur Gildea
From Our Lady of Fatima, Baltimore
To Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baltimore
Appointed Associate Pastor for Our Lady of Fatima

Father James Gilmour
From Diocese of Metuchen, N.J.
To Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 59th St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Appointed Pastor

Father Eugene Grohe
Mount Saint Alphonsus Community, Esopus, N.Y.
Appointed Rector
Reappointed administrator of Sacred Heart Church, Esopus

Father John Hamrogue
From St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
To Immaculate Conception Church, Bronx, N.Y.
Appointed Associate Pastor

Father John Harrison
From St. Mary’s, Annapolis, Md.
To St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, Timonium, Md.
Appointed Rector

Father Robert Harrison
From Our Lady of Fatima, Baltimore
To Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 59th St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Appointed Rector and Associate Pastor

Father Eric Hoog
From St. Clement’s Mission House (OMPH), Ephrata, Pa.
To Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Chaplain at Marine Corps Air Station New River, Jacksonville, N.C.

Father Joseph Francis Jones
Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, N.Y.
Appointed Rector

Father John Kingsbury
From Holy Redeemer College, Washington, D.C.
To Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baltimore
North American Conference Coordinator

Brother Stephen Lendvay
From St. Clement’s Mission House (OMPH), Ephrata, Pa.
To St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, Timonium, Md.
In residence

Father Bruce Lewandowski
From Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Philadelphia
To Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baltimore
Appointed Rector/Pastor, effective January 1, 2016

Father James McDonald
From San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch, N.J.
To Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Chaplain at Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Father John McLoughlin
St. Clement’s Mission House (OMPH), Ephrata, Pa.
Reappointed Pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church

Deacon Anthony Michalik (to be ordained to the priesthood June 27, 2015)
From student community, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston
To St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
Appointed Associate Pastor

Father Kevin Moley
From Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn, N.Y.
To Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton Grove, N.C. (Vice Province of Richmond)
Appointed Pastor

Father James O’Blaney
St. Clement’s Mission House (OMPH), Ephrata, Pa.
Reappointed Pastor of St. James Church, Lititz, Pa.

Father Robert Pagliari
From Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
To Most Holy Redeemer, 3rd St., New York
Approved for specialized ministry/sabbatical

Father Richard Poetzel
From Our Lady of Fatima, Baltimore
To Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baltimore
Appointed Pastor for Our Lady of Fatima

Father Henry Sattler
From St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage, N.Y.
To Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Appointed Province Secretary and Assistant Procurator

Father Michael Sergi
From Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, N.Y.
To St. Gerard, Lima, Ohio
Appointed Associate Pastor

Father Francis Skelly
Immaculate Conception Church, Bronx, N.Y.
Appointed Rector of Immaculate Conception
Reappointed Pastor of Immaculate Conception

Father Thomas Sullivan
From Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston
To St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, Timonium, Md.
In residence

Father Gerard Szymkowiak
From St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, Timonium, Md.
To St. Clement’s Mission House (OMPH), Ephrata, Pa.
Appointed Rector and Associate Pastor

Father Joseph Tizio
From Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 59th St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
To Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston
Appointed Rector/Pastor

Father Yvon Tremont (Region of Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
From student community, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston
To St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
Appointed Associate Pastor

Father Clement Vadakkedath (Liguori Province)
Our Lady of Lourdes, Seaford, Del.
Appointed Rector/Pastor

Father Richard Welch
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 61st St., New York
Appointed Rector

Father Arthur Wendel
From Most Holy Redeemer, 3rd St., New York
To St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, Timonium, Md.
In residence

Father Mark Wise
From St. Peter’s/St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia
To Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton Grove, N.C. (Vice Province of Richmond)
Appointed Associate Pastor

Father Robert Wojtek
From Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baltimore
To St. Mary’s, Annapolis, Md.
Appointed Associate Pastor, effective January 1, 2016

Brother DeSales Zimpfer
From Our Lady of Fatima, Baltimore
To Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baltimore
Appointed Parochial Minister for Our Lady of Fatima

The following confreres were re-appointed as Rector for the 2015–18 Quadrennium:

Father Francis Gargani
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Father Francis Mulvaney
St. Alphonsus Formation Residence, Bronx, N.Y.

Father James Wallace
San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch, N.J.

The following confreres were re-appointed as Rector/Pastor for the 2015–18 Quadrennium:

Father Sean McGillicuddy
Most Holy Redeemer, New York

Father John Olenick
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Philadelphia

Father James Szobonya
St. Gerard, Lima, Ohio

Father John Tizio
St. Mary’s, Annapolis, Md.

Father Patrick Woods
St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage, N.Y.

Saturday

May 31-June 1, 2015, St. Gerard Church, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Thursday

Redemptorist missionary Father Thomas Brendan Loftus died on May 31, 2015, at St. John Neumann Residence, located at Stella Maris in Timonium, Md. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer and spent the final days of his life under the medical care of hospice nursing and the spiritual care of the prayers of his confreres.

 

Read or download Father Bob Pagliari’s full obit here.