Catholic Church News

A National Discernment Day on Catholic Correctional Ministries, co-hosted by the USCCB and Catholic Mobilizing Network, was held on April 24, 2018 at Catholic University. It was prompted by the consensus that leadership structures for U.S. Catholic prison ministry are very weak, which is especially concerning given our country’s incarceration rate, the highest in the world. The meeting was catalyzed by Pope Francis’ question on the state of U.S. Catholic prison ministry. Prison ministry and correctional leaders participated, along with three bishops, other relevant leaders, and the Order of Malta.

A three-year collaborative effort called The National Dialogue was recently launched to support high level conversation about pastoral ministries to youth and young adults. The National Dialogue has emerged just before the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment” and the V Encuentro. It is a partnership between the USCCB, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, and the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (LaRed).

Recent FADICA speaker Molly Burhans, the 26-year-old Founder and Executive Director of GoodLands, is on a mission to map the global Catholic Church and help local communities learn how to best utilize their land and prepare for natural disasters and combat social issues.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.

Laudato Si' (On Care for Our Common Home) turned two on June 18, just after the world celebrated World Environment Day on June 5.