Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington D.C.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington D.C.
By Bishop Robert Kurtz, C.R.

A very important event in the life of the Catholic Church in Bermuda will take place on Friday, 20 February.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington D.C., will address the Annual Diocesan Assembly of the Catholic Church at Mount Saint Agnes Academy Auditorium on Dundonald Street in Hamilton at 7:15 pm.

Challenges

The theme of his address will be "Contemporary Issues in the Church." Although his presentation will address the challenges facing the Catholic Church today, no doubt some of the same challenges affect other Churches as well.

The address to the Assembly is open to the public free of charge and all are invited to attend. After the Cardinal's presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Cardinal McCarrick has travelled the world in the service of the Church. Four years ago in Rome, he participated in the Conclave that elected Cardinal Joseph Razinger to serve the Catholic Church as Pope Benedict XVI.

Even though Cardinal McCarrick is retired from his position as Archbishop of Washington D.C., he continues his pastoral ministry as a member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Relief Services, and the Charity Office of the Catholic Bishops of the U.S.A.

As a Board Member, he has travelled to most areas affected by natural disasters in recent times such as Central America, Sri Lanka as well as the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S.A., making sure that the people in need would receive assistance, spiritual comfort and financial support.

Cardinal McCarrick also continues to serve on several Vatican commissions and councils: Christian Unity, Justice and Peace, Care of Migrants and the Papal Commission for Latin America, among others. Over the years Cardinal McCarrick has shown creative leadership in promoting ecumenical dialogue and cooperation between churches and religions.

He is actively involved in the United States based "National Interreligious Leadership Initiative" as well as with a group of leaders in the Holy Land that seeks to promote peace.

While in Bermuda, Cardinal McCarrick will meet with the lay leaders of the Catholic Church on Thursday evening. He will celebrate a Mass with all the priest-pastors on Friday, 20 February at 12:10pm at St. Theresa's Cathedral.

The service is open to all who wish to attend. After the Mass the Cardinal will join the priests for lunch.

On Saturday morning, 21 February, the Cardinal will celebrate Mass at 9:00am at St. Theresa's Cathedral and a reception will follow the Mass. This service is also open to the public.

The rest of the day will give Cardinal McCarrick the opportunity to take in the sights of Bermuda.

The Cardinal's visit to Bermuda will conclude with the 11:30am Mass at St. Theresa's Cathedral on Sunday, 22 February. He will return to Washington D.C that afternoon.

The liturgical celebrations are arranged to allow as many people as possible to pray with the Cardinal and to meet with him.

I am sure that Cardinal McCarrick's visit, the first visit by a Cardinal to the Catholic Church in Bermuda, will be a source of blessing for the Catholic Community and for our country.