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By: Michael J. Donohue

Last week, the Catholic Press Association held its annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Catholic media remains a vital component of evangelization and community-building within the Church, as well as an indispensable source of news and opinion, from the parish level to the universal Church, for all Catholics.

Our local Church is blessed to have a very successful diocesan newspaper, the Arlington Catholic Herald, which was once again recognized with numerous awards at the CPA’s annual gathering. Please take a moment to read the article below regarding the Herald’s latest well-earned recognition.

Catholic Herald wins 18 awards

The Arlington Catholic Herald won 18 awards last night at the Catholic Press Association awards banquet, including a third place finish in the general excellence category.

The annual gathering of Catholic media professionals was held in Charlotte, N.C.

Bishop Loverde congratulates the Arlington Catholic Herald staff.

Bishop Loverde congratulates the Arlington Catholic Herald staff.

Nearly every aspect of the paper’s production was recognzied, including graphic design, advertising and writing.

Current staff writers Dave Borowski, Katie Collins and Maria Pia Negro all received individual honors, as did former staff writers Katie Bahr and Gretchen Crowe. Borowski’s honors included a first place award for headline writing.

Graphic designers David Garcia and Ashleigh Buyers also were recognized for their ad designs and graphic work.


Mike is the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Loverde’s spokesperson. A native of New York, he holds a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University. Mike and his wife have two sons and live in Washington, D.C., where they attend Church of the Annunciation.

This article first appeared in The Arlington Catholic Herald. View it here

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By: Michael J. Donohue

The Third Person of the Holy Trinity has always held for me a certain mysterious fascination. Within the profoundest of all mysteries, the Trinity, there exists the Holy Spirit. No mere creature, or lesser part, the Holy Spirit, if we can but know it, is what a short book I read at college called “Our Greatest Friend.” (To be completely accurate, the edifying little book is titled, “The Holy Ghost—Our Greatest Friend,” available from TAN Publishers…one of those great devotional booklets for the layman left out of print and nearly lost in the early post-conciliar period.)

I am just old enough to have first thought upon the Holy Spirit as the Holy Ghost. One of my earliest memories, at the age of three, perhaps four, is of my Irish grandmother teaching me the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Bartolomé_Esteban_Perez_Murillo_003 - Holy Trinity Holy FamilyFather, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen. That traditional first, innocent step into the greater reality of existence, guided by a loved one blessed with faith. Along with Grandma Ella’s tutorial in her wonderful brogue (which had been softened I’m told only marginally after decades in her adopted country) naturally came the shamrock and Saint Patrick’s metaphor of the Trinity. I accepted it, of course, as a child does and because my grandmother told me. However, for a long while, my understanding of the Holy Spirit never really advanced much beyond that simple, happy acceptance.

To some degree, this reflected a certain willingness in me to accept teachings passed to me by those who formed my faith, learned priests, devout family members, and like-minded friends. But in the case of the mysterious Holy Ghost, this left a bit of weakness in my understanding of a central teaching of our faith. For that matter, for many of us, I think the Holy Spirit manifests last of the Three Persons in our intellectual and devotional lives. Perhaps this is fitting given the great work He stands ready to help us realize.

“After Pentecost the Gospel began to be proclaimed by the Apostles, notably by Peter, who spoke in their midst and in their name. Chosen by Jesus during his public life, invested by him with an official mandate, they had received full powers to bear witness to the saving event of the resurrection and to discuss in God’s name the conditions under which men could receive its effects. But it was only after Pentecost that, filled with the Holy Spirit, they began to exercise these powers” (The Christian Centuries, Volume I, Jean Danielou).

We are all called, baptized, and confirmed  to be worthy vessels of the Holy Spirit and do great things, whether seemingly large or small, public or private. The Church was born at Pentecost, and the Third Person of the Trinity, our Comforter, Advocate, and Helper, the Paraclete, was sent by the Father and entered formally into all our lives, as Jesus Christ had told his disciples. It is certainly worth our time to learn more about Him, incorporate Him into the understanding of our faith and our purpose, and yes, pray to Him, “Our Greatest Friend.”

I commend to you our great bishop’s two-part column series this month in the Arlington Catholic Herald on the Holy Spirit and Pentecost, and which was published on the Encourage & Teach blog. Bishop Loverde’s motto as a bishop is this blog’s eponymous Encourage and Teach with Patience, which perhaps is quite apposite when it comes to the Holy Spirit. But as the good pastor, teacher, and spiritual father that he is, Bishop Loverde wants us to fully share in the Love of God. “So, just as the Word of God is the Son of God, so the Love of God is the Holy Spirit” (Exposition of the Apostles’ Creed, St. Thomas Aquinas).

Mike is the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Loverde’s spokesperson. A native of New York, he holds a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University. Mike and his wife have two sons and live in Washington, D.C., where they attend Church of the Annunciation.

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By: Michael Donohue

The Conclave to elect the new pope has begun. At 4:30 p.m. Rome time (11:30 EDT) the cardinals, two by two, chanting the Litany of the Saints, entered the Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace. Now, we keenly feel the  anticipation of the white smoke coming from the Vatican that will indicate that a new pontiff has been selected

This is an exciting time for the universal Church. Many of us would jump at the chance to be in Rome, joining with others in St. Peter’s Square, wondering whether we’d have the opportunity to welcome the new Holy Father. While this isn’t a possibility for most of us, we’re fortunate to live in a digital age that enables the Vatican-philes among us to follow along with the Conclave (well, at least with the parts that aren’t behind closed doors).

While every major news outlet has pieces running daily on the Conclave, I’d recommend the list below for engaging and accurate sources to hear the latest Vatican news:

Here at the Chancery, both in the Communications department and the Arlington Catholic Herald, we are waiting to hear the papal news. If you are looking for a quick update of the latest Conclave news, check out our News and Resources page.

In closing, to borrow a sentiment from Bishop Loverde’s latest column, “The next few weeks will be both historic and momentous for the Universal Church. Hopefully, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will be celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord at Easter with a new pontiff in the Chair of St. Peter”

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By: Michael Donohue

On Monday, February 11th, we will not only celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, but also the World Day of the Sick. Vatican Radio reports that Pope Benedict has sanctioned indulgences for this year’s observance:

Pope Benedict XVI has authorized special indulgences for Catholics worldwide on the occasion of the Catholic Church’s World Day of the Sick next month, during this Year of Faith. The annual day is observed on Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and this Year of Faith it will be observed in a special way from Feb. 7-11 at the Marian shrine of Altötting, in Germany. The theme chosen by Pope Benedict for this 21st World Day of the Sick is: “Go and do likewise,” taken from the Parable of the Good Samaritan in St. Luke’s Gospel.
A decree released on Monday by the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary, which deals with indulgences, said that the indulgences can be obtained by those who after the example of the Good Samaritan, in a spirit of faith and merciful attitude, engage in the service of their suffering brothers, and the sick themselves can obtain indulgences by bearing up the pain and adversity of life, raising their hearts with humble trust to God, giving open witness to faith through the way of the Gospel of suffering. The decree also spells out other ways and conditions for the indulgences. (Source)

Catholic News Service outlines the ways in which the faithful can obtain an indulgence on this occasion.

Bishop Loverde prompts all of us to take this opportunity to unite our sufferings to Christ and offer them as a prayer:

I wish to encourage anyone who is suffering because of illness, especially if it is more painful, or advancing age, or limitations in movement or strength – I encourage each one to join that suffering to the sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In so doing, he or she is sharing in the Lord’s redemptive work, as Saint Paul reminds us: “In my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of His body, that is, the Church” (cf. Col 1:24). In this way, no suffering is wasted or becomes useless; rather, it becomes a redemptive prayer when united with Christ.”


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[This is the last of three posts on the archangels in celebration of their feast day today, September 29.]

When I was nine, my father gave to me the illustrated Lives of the Saints, edited by Rev. Hugo Hoever, S.O.Cist., which my grandparents had given him as a child of nine in 1957. He wanted me to learn about the lives of some of the holy men and women, young and old, that the Church had recognized as saints over the centuries. I naturally thumbed straight to my namesake, St. Michael. My father was, and remains, amused that I had chosen to focus on a saint who had not ever lived an earthly, corporeal life, and, yet, St. Michael teaches us just as any flesh-and-blood saint.

I was enthralled from the first line of Rev. Hoever’s life:

“The name Michael signifies “Who is like to God,” and was the war cry of the good angels in the battle fought in Heaven against Satan and his followers.”

The Church has honored him from the time of the Apostles, and the archangel is mentioned four times in the Bible in the Book of Daniel, Saint Jude’s Epistle, and the Book of Revelation.

Saint Michael, given free will as any human, chose to obey God and reject the entreaties and blandishments of Satan and his fallen angels, and it was he, as Prince of the Heavenly Host, who opposed them and cast them out. And so, since before we were created, he has been our especial defender, as prince of the Jews in the Old Testament and patron and protector of Christ’s Church to the present day.

Saint Michael’s glorious example to us is a part of what J.R.R. Tolkien called the “true myth” of our Lord Jesus Christ and His all-encompassing love for mankind. Saint Michael has ever assisted Him in the work of creation, and we should not fail to ask for his intercession.

Every night that I am able, I pray with my boys the great prayer to Saint Michael written by Pope Leo XIII in the 19th century near the very end of his long pontificate:

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -

by the Power of God -

thrust into hell, satan and all evil spirits,

who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.


I encourage you to learn this prayer and rely on this mighty archangel. Happy Michaelmas!

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