Archdiocesan Offices

The Archbishop

The Office of the Archbishop is charged with supporting the ministry and service of His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Carroll Media

Secretariat for Communications

Publishes the official archdiocesan newspaper, and El Pregonero, the metro area’s oldest Spanish language newspaper, as well as their websites.

Canonical Services/Tribunal

Grants marriage dispensations, approves files to be sent to other dioceses and assists with canonical questions that arise in parishes or agencies of the archdiocese.

Child & Youth Protection

Implements and ensures compliance with the archdiocesan Child Protection Policy; point of entry for victims of abuse; assures that appropriate services are provided.

Communications

Secretariat for Communications

The Secretariat for Communications was created as part of a focus in the archdiocese on the “New Evangelization,” encouraging Catholics who participate in the Church to reinvigorate their own faith and invite others whose faith has grown stale to reconnect and rediscover Christ. It includes the Office of Media and Public Relations, Office of Digital Media, Office of Multimedia Production and Carroll Publishing.

Consecrated Life

Secretariat for Ministerial Leadership

Liaison between the archbishop and women and men religious, members of secular institutes and persons in other forms of consecrated life; a resource for canonical, spiritual, personal and professional assistance to communities or their members; and a contact for women discerning a vocation in consecrated life. Coordinates the Retirement Fund for Religious.

Cultural Diversity & Outreach

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Advancing the unity of the Body of Christ through supporting the apostolic works of the Archdiocese of Washington in its evangelization, planning, coordination, ministry, and outreach in relation to the various racial, ethnic, and cultural communities within its pastoral care.

Development

Secretariat for Development

Coordinates archdiocesan development and fundraising efforts and oversees the Cardinal’s Appeal, parish resource development, planned giving, major donors, grant writing and the Forward in Faith campaign.

Education

Secretariat for Education

The Archdiocese of Washington has a long and faith-filled history of passing on Christ’s Gospel from generation to generation through Catholic education, which has brought hope to tens of thousands of lives.

Evangelization

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Advances the Church’s evangelizing mission through initiatives such as Find the Perfect Gift, The Light is ON for You!, and Light The City. Engages young adults in their 20s and 30s through Theology on Tap, the Seven Church Walk, and an annual Young Adult Mass, assists parishes in developing their evangelizing capacity and their ministry to young adults, and supports chaplaincies on university campuses and in prisons and hospitals.

Family Life

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Provides programs, training and resources for parish family life efforts. Provides regional marriage preparation training for engaged couples, leader training and instruction on Natural Family Planning.

General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel serves to advise and assist the Archdiocese and its parishes and schools on civil legal issues.

Hospital Ministry

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Life Issues

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Promotes respect for human life and dignity from conception to natural death through support and programs, including advocacy, education, pastoral care and prayer devoted to the sanctity of human life. Also promotes chastity education.

Moderator of the Curia

The office of the Moderator of the Curia coordinates the exercise of the administrative duties and provides oversight of the offices of the Central Pastoral Administration in support of the work of the Archbishop of Washington.

Missions

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Promotes a universal missionary spirit in the hearts and minds of the people of God, including children, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Holy Childhood Association, the Society for St. Peter Apostle and Missionary Cooperative Plan. Animates, educates and enables the faithful to respond concretely to the universal call of Christ to, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Makes the sending and supporting of missionaries to foreign lands possible.

Pastoral Planning

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

The Office of Pastoral Planning assists parishes in short term and long term planning directed toward increasing their capacity for evangelization. The Office offers workshops for parish pastoral councils and planning committees that helps address ministry strengths and opportunities for growth as well as help connect parishes with tools and programs that can support their mission.

Permanent Diaconate

Secretariat for Ministerial Leadership

Identifies and prepares men academically and spiritually for ministry as deacons, provides ongoing educational and spiritual support, makes recommendations on ministry and assignments and deals with concerns on pastoral effectiveness.

Priesthood Vocations

Secretariat for Ministerial Leadership

The Office of Priest Vocations assists those who are discerning a call to follow Jesus in the sacred priesthood, as one of his closest collaborators in his continuing mission on earth to lead and sanctify his people and draw them towards their homeland in heaven.

Prison Ministry

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Provides training and support to lay people, clergy, and religious who provide pastoral care to incarcerated persons.

Project Rachel Ministry

Department of Life Issues in the Secretariat of Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Post-abortion healing ministry offers one-on-one referrals to priests and deacons to professional Catholic counselors for emotional and psychological healing as well as group healing events. Staff and volunteers are available for speaking engagements on healing awareness, general post-abortion healing information for the parish and witness talks. The ministry services are available in English and Spanish to anyone affected by an abortion decision, including couples who faced adverse prenatal diagnosis and terminated the pregnancy.

Special Needs Ministries

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Pastoral care and sacramental preparation for Catholics who have special needs, are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or deaf and blind, physically or developmentally disabled.

Worship

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

Oversees the Liturgical Norms and Policies of the Archdiocese of Washington. Promotes liturgical formation and celebration in parish communities; provides formation for liturgical ministers, such as Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The Office assists with planning liturgies and ceremonies for bishops, diocesan offices and special events.

Young Adult Ministry

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

The vision of DCCatholic (Office of Young Adult Ministry) is to connect young adults to Jesus Christ, the Church, the mission of the Church in the world, and our peers. DCCatholic hosts many social, spiritual and service opportunities for young adults throughout the year.

Youth Ministry and CYO

Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns

The Office of Youth Ministry/Catholic Youth Organization (OYM/CYO) seeks to help young people find true happiness by coming to know and love Jesus Christ in His Church.