My Dear Parishioners,
Next week our Second collection will be for the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Archbishop Chaput has asked that the following letter be communicated to each of the parishes in preparation for this collection.
Please note that while the collection is scheduled for next weekend (August 18-19), we will also have a Mission Co-op speaker at all the Masses next weekend. The collection for the Mission Co-op will be the following weekend, (August 25-26). Thank you for your generous support of both of these worthy causes.
God Bless You!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I appeal to you today to give generously to the National Collection for The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
As the only institution of higher education founded by the U.S. bishops and chartered by the Vatican, Catholic University is the national university of the Catholic Church, charged with educating the future leaders of the Church, the nation, and the world. Here are just two ways Catholic University is educating the next generation of clergy, religious, and young lay men and women from every geographical region of the United States:
• Catholic University serves the Church by engaging its students to discover knowledge and truth through excellence in teaching and research. The University continues to expand its academic and research offerings and through new programs in business and music; classical architecture; intelligence studies; neuroscience; Spanish language and Hispanic ministry; social service; and Catholic clinical bioethics, the University strives to be the voice of our Church in response to the issues facing society today.
• Catholic University trains the leaders of the Church. Through its national seminary, the University provides graduate degrees for seminarians sponsored by numerous Catholic dioceses in the U.S. More than one-third of all the active and emeritus bishops and archbishops in the country are Catholic University alumni, including five of the six sitting cardinal archbishops.
Our national university is educating an important generation of lay and ordained leaders within the United States. The Collection for The Catholic University of America will be held in parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the weekend of August 18 and August 19, 2018. Thank you and God bless you for supporting America’s Catholic university and the countless number of students who will experience an education grounded in Catholic tradition.
Sincerely in Christ,
+ Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia