Cardinal Wuerl to Celebrate Mass for Archdiocese of Washington’s 75th Anniversary

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON – Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a special Mass for the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Mass for the 75th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
11:30 a.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(Media outlets wishing to cover this Mass are asked to please RSVP to the archdiocese.)

Following the Mass, Cardinal Wuerl will recognize several individuals and organizations with special awards on the occasion of the archdiocesan anniversary. The Cardinal’s Award honors those who promote the Gospel, uphold the faith and manifest the Kingdom of God in the local Church of Washington. The recipients of the award have contributed significantly to the life and mission of the Archdiocese of Washington, and the award recognizes their exceptional service.

Celebration of the Archdiocese of Washington’s 75th anniversary began in January when Cardinal Wuerl presented the Manifesting the Kingdom award to 204 individuals who exemplify the New Evangelization from parishes and Catholic organizations across the archdiocese.

On June 8, Cardinal Wuerl concluded the first Archdiocesan Synod, which gave the faithful from across the archdiocese the opportunity to reflect on the mission of the Archdiocese of Washington during its diamond jubilee as well as to provide their insight on the life of the local Church and how best to carry out its work in the future.

As part of the year-long celebration for the 75th anniversary, Cardinal Wuerl also celebrated two special Masses in June at historic sites in Southern Maryland that serve as powerful reminders of the area’s legacy as the birthplace of religious freedom in the United States.

Additionally the Archdiocese of Washington produced a new publication, Catholic Impact 2014, which chronicles the local church’s rich history of serving those in need in the Washington area, in celebration of the archdiocese’s 75th anniversary.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 95 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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