Monday, May 20, 2013, was the first day in its new location for the central administration of the Diocese of Raleigh. The three-story building, at 7200 Stonehenge Drive in Raleigh, is on the corner of Stonehenge Drive and Creedmore Road. Built in 1987, the new facility replaces the current Catholic Center, located on the Nazareth property, originally purchased by Fr. Thomas F. Price in 1897 and now designated as the site for the Cathedral Campus. The Stonehenge Drive building has approximately 42,000 usable square feet, allowing the Tribunal, the Pro-Life Office and the Office of Divine Worship, previously located at three different sites, to be in the same building as the rest of the Catholic Center staff.
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On Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on approximately 90 adults at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill. The candidates received the sacrament during a bilingual Mass celebrated by the Bishop.
“How providential,” the Bishop told the candidates in his homily, “that you are confirmed on the beautiful Solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church....”
On Saturday morning, May 18, 2013, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge led Morning Prayer at the annual convention of the North Carolina State Council of the Knights of Columbus. Approximately 500 Knights and their wives attended the event, which was held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham.
In his remarks at the conclusion of prayer, the Bishop expressed profound gratitude to the Knights for all their charitable work and especially their support of religious liberty and freedom of conscience.
April, May and June of the Year of Faith focus on the third of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Christian Morality. Living a Christian moral life is our response to God’s love and our cooperation with God’s plan in human history.
One of the most important components of that moral life is the Eucharist. Pope Benedict XVI declared the Year of Faith as a time to deepen the celebration of the faith, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed…and also the source from which all its power flows” (14) Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will meet slum-dwellers and powerful politicians, pay homage at a Marian shrine and celebrate with participants at World Youth Day when he visits Brazil in late July.
More than three-million Catholics from around the world, including 22 young adults from the Diocese of Raleigh, will converge on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the five day event.
The 2013 Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) is underway with parishes in the Diocese conducting the campaign through May 19, 2013. The annual appeal supports more than 30 Diocesan ministries. One of the ministries is Catholic Charities, which has offices in the eight Deaneries of the Diocese. The social outreach agency of the Diocese operates with a staff of 52 in the eight regional offices and a volunteer force who gave more than 53,000 hours of service last year.
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