Volume 3 - Issue 5  



July 25, 2013

Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith)
“Idols exist, we begin to see, as a pretext for setting ourselves at the centre of reality and worshiping the work of our own hands. Once man has lost the fundamental orientation which unifies his existence, he breaks down into the multiplicity of his desires; in refusing to await the time of promise, his life-story disintegrates into a myriad of unconnected instants. Idolatry, then, is always polytheism, an aimless passing from one lord to another. Idolatry does not offer a journey but rather a plethora of paths leading nowhere and forming a vast labyrinth. Those who choose not to put their trust in God must hear the din of countless idols crying out: "Put your trust in me!" Faith, tied as it is to conversion, is the opposite of idolatry; it breaks with idols to turn to the living God in a personal encounter.”

Lumen Fidei #13


Full text of the encyclical in English

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The Nature and Identity of Catholic Education

(The following was presented by Archbishop Allen Vigneron on February 8, 2012 as the keynote address at the O’Meara Ferguson symposium, “Catholic Education: Sustaining the Mission”)

I would like to say, first of all, that I count it a great blessing to be with all of you today. I want especially to thank my brother bishop(s), my brother priests, diocesan school administrators, the staff of O’Meara Ferguson, who organized this very significant symposium, and all of you here present who desire so ardently and work so diligently for the flourishing of Catholic schools here in the United States.
Some of my own most satisfying years as a priest have been those I spent as a teacher at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and at the Gregorian University in Rome during the 1980s and 1990s. I know from this experience, as do all of you who are teachers, the great truth contained in the well-known motto of Blessed John Henry Newman, “Cor ad cor loquitur,” or “Heart speaks to heart.” Just one way of summarizing my aim for this presentation is to say that I would like to speak about what needs to live in our hearts as educators and leaders of Catholic education and how urgent it is that we make the very best use possible of our Catholic schools, so that we might faithfully and effectively  
communicate the wisdom and virtue alive in our hearts to the hearts of our students ...

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Financing Program for Agricultural Land

The Conservation Reserve Program was established by Congress to encourage owners of agricultural land to remove a portion of the land from production as a method to conserve natural resources. As an incentive to set aside the land and forgo production the Farm Service Agency makes irrevocable non-cancellable guaranteed payments for a 10 – 15 year period. Thirty-one million acres are currently in the program. A financing program has been devised to monetize ...

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Good Steward Newsletter – July 2013
Marriage is a Gift from God for Life

If we needed further proof that marriage, which we believe is a gift from God and the most basic, foundational principle of human society, is being undermined by the forces of modern culture, the June 26 Supreme Court decisions striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 confirm this. According to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, these decisions mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation.”

Of course, we are no strangers to tragic Supreme Court decisions. In 1973, the Supreme Court’s tragic ruling in Roe ...

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O'Meara Ferguson Welcomes Jimmy Lago

O'Meara Ferguson is proud to announce the addition of Mr. Jimmy M. Lago as the new Managing Director of Client Relations and Communications.

Jimmy recently completed four terms as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was appointed by Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I. in July 2000 to manage and coordinate the departments and agencies/offices within the Pastoral Center and oversaw specific functions under the headings of planning, management and communications. Prior appointments included several years as executive director of Catholic Charities, and executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, the public policy arm of the Bishops of Illinois. A summary of Jimmy’s biography is available here.

“Jimmy’s role will be to use his great experience and history of leadership to assist us with supporting and extending the ministerial goals of the many Catholic dioceses, schools, universities, religious communities and more that we have the privilege to work with”, said O’Meara Ferguson president and founder Patrick O’Meara.

“I am very excited about this new opportunity to work along with Patrick and others at O'Meara Ferguson in strengthening the capacity of Catholic leadership and institutions to do the mission entrusted to them by the Lord,” Jimmy said. “I hope to reach out to those I know and those I don’t yet know across this country, to collaborate with them in these sacred tasks.”

As Managing Director, Jimmy is responsible for O’Meara Ferguson’s business development and client engagements.

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