July 8, 2020

Una conferencia de prensa se llevará a cabo a las 10:00 AM hoy en el Centro Pastoral Católico, Savannah SAVANNAH, GA – 8 de julio de 2020 – Esta mañana Su Santidad el Papa Francisco anunció su nombramiento del Reverendo Stephen D. Parkes para servir como el 15° Obispo de la Diócesis de Savannah. Qué: Esta mañana a las 10:00 a.m. se llevará a cabo una conferencia de prensa en directo para presentar al Obispo Electo Parkes a los fieles… Read more

July 8, 2020

This morning His Holiness Pope Francis announced the appointment of Reverend Stephen D. Parkes to serve as the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah. A live-streamed news conference will be held this morning in Savannah at 10:00 AM to introduce Bishop-Elect Parkes to the faithful of the diocese and to address questions from the media.  You can access a link to the press conference live here: www.diosav.org The Very Reverend Daniel F. Firmin, Diocesan Administrator stated, “today, Pope Francis has… Read more

July 5, 2020

Este año celebré mi aniversario de sacerdocio de una manera única: participando en la ordenación de los dos sacerdotes más nuevos de nuestra diócesis, el Padre Robert Phillips y el Padre Carlos Rivero. Después de que Monseñor Hartmayer fue nombrado Arzobispo de Atlanta en marzo, lo primero que pregunté cuando conocí a su nueva asistente fue si Monseñor podía regresar a Savannah para ordenar a nuestros diáconos y sacerdotes. Me alegró saber que si podría regresar. Como Director Vocacional de… Read more

July 2, 2020

This year I celebrated my priesthood anniversary in quite a unique manner: by participating in the ordination of the two newest priests of our diocese, Father Robert Phillips and Father Carlos Rivero.  After Bishop Hartmayer was appointed Archbishop of Atlanta in March, the first thing I inquired when I met his new assistant was if he could return to Savannah to ordain our deacons and priests.  I was very happy to learn he would be able to return. As Vocation… Read more

June 18, 2020

A 5-4 ruling written by Chief Justice John Roberts has upheld the DACA Program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  This is welcomed news to the 800,000 young men and women who have benefited from DACA in the past several years! In 2012, in the absence of congressional action to provide relief to about 800,000 young people who were brought into the United States as infants or children by their parents without authorization, the Department of Homeland Security announced that those… Read more

June 16, 2020

Much is being said and written about the events of these past few weeks.  Some state that systemic racism does not exist, others that it does.  Some say that not everything that happens is fueled by racism while others decry “racism” for the slightest offence. I recently watched the movie Just Mercy which is based on the true story of Harvard trained lawyer Bryan Stevenson who in the late 1980s went to Alabama to fight for inmates on death row. … Read more

June 12, 2020

Crecí en medio de disturbios y conflicto social. Hasta cumplir los nueve años, coches bomba, toques de queda, asesinatos, puntos de control militares, secuestros y apagones eran comunes. A finales de la década de 1980, la ciudad donde vivía estaba bajo asedio. En 1991, la violencia forzó que mi familia salga del Perú, y esta continuó aun durante varios años. Estas últimas semanas han sido turbulentas con protestas, disturbios, violencia y muerte en los titulares. Como cuando era niño, todo… Read more

June 11, 2020

I grew up in the midst of social unrest.  Until I was nine years old, car bombs, curfews, murders, military roadblocks, kidnappings, and blackouts were common.  By the late 1980s, the city where I lived was under siege.  In 1991, the violence and turmoil forced my family out of Peru, and continued to rage for many years. The last few weeks have been turbulent with protests, riots, violence, and death plastered all over the headlines.  As when I was a… Read more

June 3, 2020

This afternoon, I read a message Archbishop Viganò sent to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.  Even if the content of the message is true, it is out of line for a prelate to openly address the faithful of the diocese of another.  He is sticking his nose where it does not belong. I have never mentioned Viganò in my blog, but I decided to do so today.  He has rightly been critical of McCarrick and other American bishops, yet… Read more

June 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Here is a statement from Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory regarding the planned visit today from the president at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine: “I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree. Saint Pope John Paul II was an ardent defender of… Read more

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