The inaugural year of Encourage and Teach (which launched during Holy Week) was a busy one. We’ve been excited to share with you posts from Bishop Paul Loverde and other contributors, to comment on current events and to discuss hot-button issues.
Here are ten posts that ranked as some of the most-read of 2010. I’d like to share them with you again at the beginning of 2011, as I think they provide a glimpse into the important events and discussions of the past year:
Events in our Diocesan Church:
- This spring, a new diocesan retreat house opened in White Post. Find out more about how to spend some time at this peaceful center: New Spiritual Life Center Open
- Ordination day is always a significant one here in Arlington. Take a look at some of the photos and comments from the popular post: Three Priests Ordained Today!
- The Spiritual Life Center wasn’t the only opening this year. In August, Bishop Loverde dedicated St. Rose of Lima Priests’ Retirement Villa, which is now housing some of our dedicated retired priests: Bishop Loverde Dedicates New Priest Retirement Villa
- This year, parishioners gathered together for the second annual Catholic Heritage Festival. In this post, the director of Multicultural Ministries talks about all the plans for this celebratory event: Catholic Heritage Festival: One Father, One People, One Faith.
- Did you know that for the first time in 20 years there will be a diocesan ordination of permanent deacons? Fr. Thomas Ferguson explains more about this important vocation: Permanent Diaconate: Ever Ancient, Ever New
- This summer, we suffered the loss of a Benedictine Sister who died tragically in a car accident: Statement on the Death of Sister Denise Mosier
- How could we forget that a baby was found at St. Raymond’s parish in Springfield? This post describes the event and the resources that we can offer pregnant mothers: Baby Found at St. Raymond’s Parish a Reminder of Resources Available
- Sr. Clare Hunter, director of the Respect Life Office, explains that we, like frogs in a pot of boiling water, can get too accustomed to an impoverished view of sexuality and life without even realizing it: We are not frogs. But we are in hot water.
- Homosexuality is constantly in the news and the subject of heated discussions. Fr. Paul Scalia, pastor at St. John the Beloved, teaches us about the beauty of the Church’s view of sexuality: Courage: the Truth about Human Sexuality
- Many in the medical profession ignore the benefits of Natural Family Planning. Physicians write a letter defending the merits of NFP stating that it is 100% free of side-effects: Letter to the editor penned by prominent physicians falls on deaf ears
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