Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DAY 11 Thursday Jan 14 morning: Appointment with Congregation for Clergy

 BELOW:  Here we are on Thursday January 14 at our 10 AM appointment with the Congregation for Clergy.  Center; Bishop George, born in Mexico, Grandparents from China.  Far Right; Msgr. Richard from Diocese of Peoria, IL.

In the Roman Curia, there are currently 7 major congregations.

  1. Doctrine and Faith
  2. Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
  3. Bishops
  4. Clergy
  5. Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
  6. Catholic Education
  7. Evangelization of Peoples

Congregations exist to assist the Pope in governing the Church and Administrative affairs.  They are somewhat comparable with Departments that assist the President of the U.S. in Washington D.C. (i.e. The Department of Agriculture).

After learning about the general affairs of the Congregation for the Clergy from Msgr. Richard, we were blessed to have time to meet and present questions to Bishop George regarding our expectations and challenges in our future priestly ministry.  What a gift!  The Bishop responded with a wealth of wisdom for us who are preparing for ministry in our year of priestly ordination!

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