Archbishop Wuerl Begins Parish Visits

July 05, 2006

Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, the new Catholic Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate Mass – his first parish Mass since his June 22 installation — this weekend in Southern Maryland:

Sunday, July 9, 2006
10:00 a.m.
St. Peter Catholic Church
3320 St. Peter’s Drive
Waldorf, MD 20601

During the Mass, Archbishop Wuerl will wear the pallium that Pope Benedict XVI gave him last week. The pallium, a strip of wool that hangs over the shoulders, is woven from the wool of specially-blessed lambs. It is given to new metropolitan archbishops (a metropolitan heads the lead diocese within a province, or group of dioceses) only once, on June 29, the Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul. The archbishop wears the pallium when celebrating Mass within his archdiocese as a visible sign of his pastoral authority within the province, and of his communion with the Holy Father as the successor to St. Peter and the shepherd of the universal Church.

On Sunday, July 16, Archbishop Wuerl will celebrate Mass at 11:00 a.m., Our Lady Queen of the Americas, 2200 California Street, NW, Washington, DC. Bishop Francisco Gonzalez will be the homilist at this Spanish-language Mass.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 560,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 112 schools located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s. St. Peter’s, one of 11 parishes in Charles County, serves over 1,500 families and includes a 400-student elementary school.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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