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Horror and condemnation of the massacre in Orlando

Pope Francis and USCCB President issue statements

"The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity." Holy See Press Office

"Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act. The merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person." Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Conference welcomes new superintendents for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati & Diocese of Cleveland

Susan Gibbons named in Cincinnati; Chris Knight moves to Cleveland

  • Posted: Jun. 13, 2016
  • Categories: Education

Dayton native Susan M. Gibbons has been appointed Director of Educational Services and Superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

“Susan Gibbons has devoted her entire career to Catholic education in our Archdiocese,” said Archbishop Schnurr. “She will be a steady hand as Superintendent, just as she was as Interim Superintendent, insuring that the strong forward movement of our schools will continue.”


Christopher M. Knight, who has served as the senior director of Catholic education/superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, has been chosen to serve as the next secretary for catechetical formation and education and superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

“The future of our Catholic schools represents a major priority for our diocese,” said the Most Reverend Richard Lennon, bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland.  “I am pleased that Chris has chosen to help us continue to the good work of Margaret Lyons and further strengthen our schools in the teaching of core subjects and catechetical formation of students in our Catholic faith and tradition.”


Start Talking!

Resources to help talk about the importance of living healthy, drug free lives

An effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug use among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Start Talking! gives parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

Children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are up to 50% less likely to use.

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Ohio Dept of Health Creates Website on Recreational Water Quality

"BeachGuard" lists health advisories for Ohio beaches and boat ramps

Ohio's BeachGuard website as the single resource for advising the public about recreational water quality, consolidating information previously posted separately on multiple agency websites. BeachGuard lists any recreational public health advisories and water quality data for some toxins and E. coli bacteria for Ohio state park lake beaches and boat ramps as well as participating non-state public and private beaches.

Bishop John M. Kudrick of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma Retires

Archbishop William C. Skurla of Pittsburgh named as Apostolic Administrator

  • Posted: May. 31, 2016
  • Categories: Welcome

Bishop Kudrick was ordained the fourth bishop of Parma in 2002. Born in Lloydell, Pa., in 1947, he was ordained a priest in 1975 for the Third Order Regular of St. Francis (Franciscan Friars, T.O.R.) in Loretto, PA. He was incardinated in the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Pittsburgh in 1987, serving in Pennsylvania until his episcopal appointment to Parma. He was 68 at the time of his resignation.

The clergy and faithful of the Eparchy of Parma are saddened by the unexpected news of Bishop Kudrick’s retirement. He was appreciated as a prayerful leader, who loved the Church and the Eastern Catholic Tradition. Among his accomplishments, he showed great pastoral vision in trying to restore Eastern monasticism by establishing a women’s monastery in the eparchy. He also created a new pastoral plan, aimed at invigorating parishes and encouraging efforts for evangelization.


Archdiocese of Cincinnati establishes a "Civility Campaign" for election dialogues

"Civilize It" campaign a model for other dioceses

The Civilize It Campaign invites people to consider taking a three-part pledge to respect civility, to reflect clarity in their point of view and to encounter others with compassion. Civility in politics is a virtue. The campaign stresses that respectful dialogue can take place among people of differing political views. It compliments the USCCB's Faithful Citizenship Program.


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in Support of Compassionate and Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 10 AM 
Downtown Cleveland
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