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Encyclopedia > Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is home to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, dedicated to the patron saint of the United States.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is home to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, dedicated to the patron saint of the United States.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is a particular church of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. It is comprised of the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's and Saint Mary's Counties in the state of Maryland. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... A Particular Church , in Roman Catholic theology and canon law, is any of the individual constituent ecclesial communities in full communion with the Church of Rome and thus make up the Catholic Communion. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Catholicism. ... ... Calvert County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. ... Charles County is a county in the south central portion of the U.S. state of Maryland. ... Montgomery County is a suburban county located in the state of Maryland north of Washington, D.C.. The county, sometimes referred to informally as MoCo, is the most populous and affluent jurisidiction in Maryland. ... Prince Georges County is a suburban county located in the U.S. state of Maryland immediately north, east, and south of Washington, D.C. It is home to the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Andrews Air Force Base, the University of Marylands flagship... Saint Marys County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Official language(s) None Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,417 sq. ...


The Archdiocese of Washington is home to the The Catholic University of America, the national Catholic university operated by the United States bishops. It is also home to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a prominent minor basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. In some Christian churches, the diocese is an administrative territorial unit governed by a bishop, sometimes also referred to as a bishopric or episcopal see, though more often the term episcopal see means the office held by the bishop. ... The Catholic University of America The Catholic University of America (abbreviated CUA), located in Washington, DC, is unique as the national university of the Roman Catholic Church and as the only higher education institution founded by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops. ... Image:Basilicaofthenationalshrine. ... The Basilica of St. ... In several forms of the church of Christianity, but especially in Roman Catholicism, a patron saint has special affinity for a trade or group. ...

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The ordinary of the Archdiocese of Washington is an archbishop whose episcopal see is located at St. Matthew's Cathedral in the City of Washington. The Archbishop of Washington concurrently serves as metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Washington. Its sole suffragan bishop is the Diocese of Saint Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. Pope Pius XI, depicted in this window at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu, was ordinary of the universal Roman Catholic Church and local ordinary of Rome. ... In Christianity, an archbishop is an elevated bishop. ... A see (from the Latin word sedem, meaning seat) is the throne (cathedra) of a bishop. ... The Cathedral of St. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... In hierarchical Christian churches, the rank of metropolitan, pertains to the bishop of a metropolis; that is, the chief city of an old Roman province, ecclesiastical province, or regional capital. ... An ecclesiastical province is a unit of religious government existing in certain Christian churches. ... A bishop is an ordained person who holds a specific position of authority in any of a number of Christian churches. ... The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Thomas encompasses the U.S. Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint Croix and Saint John. ...


The first Archbishop of Washington was Michael Joseph Curley in 1939. On May 16, 2006, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the resignation of Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, the current Archbishop, who had held the post since 2000. It was also announced that Cardinal McCarrick's successor would be Donald Wuerl, the current Bishop of Pittsburgh. Michael Joseph Curley (October 12, 1879 - May 16, 1947), son of Michael Curley and Mary Ward, was a leader in the Roman Catholic Church. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (137th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: , born Joseph Alois Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th[1] and reigning Pope, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, and sovereign of Vatican City State. ... Theodore Edgar McCarrick (b. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Donald William Wuerl (1940–) was the 11th Roman Catholic Bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the sixth Archbishop of Washington, DC. Wikinews has news related to: Wuerl appointed Washington, D.C.s new bishop Born November 12 in Pittsburgh, he attended St. ...


History

The Archdiocese of Washington often prides itself in sharing the fact that the Society of Jesus celebrated the first Mass in the United States on its shores in 1634. During the colonial era however, Catholics would remain a persecuted people suffering the wrath of oppression allowed by local penal laws. The Society of Jesus (Societas Iesu (S.I. or S.J.) in Latin) is a Christian religious order of the Roman Catholic Church in direct service to the Pope. ... Mass is the term used of the celebration of the Eucharist in the various liturgical rites of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglo-Catholic tradition of Anglicanism, and in some Lutheran regions which are largely High Church: the main Lutheran service is still known as the... Events Moses Amyrauts Traite de la predestination is published Curaçao captured by the Dutch Treaty of Polianovska First meeting of the Académie française The witchcraft affair at Loudun Jean Nicolet lands at Green Bay, Wisconsin Opening of Covent Garden Market in London English establish a settlement...


Upon the establishment of the United States by its founding fathers, the Holy See appointed a Jesuit, John Carroll, to be the first bishop of the newly created diocese which would later become the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Prefecture Apostolic of the United States, as the entity was known then, had jurisdiction over all American Catholics including present-day City of Washington. The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu), commonly known as the Jesuits, is a Roman Catholic religious order. ... John Carroll (January 8, 1735 – December 3, 1815) was a priest of the Catholic Society of Jesus. ... The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore is a particular church of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. ...


In 1939, Pope Pius XII separated the City of Washington from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and created the joint Archdiocese of Baltimore-Washington. The process of separation was officially concluded on November 15, 1947. The independent Archdiocese of Washington was established on October 12, 1965, becoming a metropolitan see of its own. 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Pope Pius XII (Latin: ), born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (March 2, 1876 – October 9, 1958), reigned as the 260th Pope, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, and sovereign of Vatican City State from March 2, 1939 until his death. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


Ordinaries

  1. Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle (19471973)
  2. William Wakefield Cardinal Baum (19731980)
  3. James Cardinal Hickey (19802000)
  4. Theodore Cardinal McCarrick (20002006)
  5. Donald Wuerl (2006present)

Patrick Aloysius OBoyle (1896 - August 10, 1987) was the first Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington DC, serving from 1947 through 1973. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... William Wakefield Cardinal Baum (born November 21, 1926 in Dallas, Texas) is the senior living Roman Catholic Cardinal from the United States and was the senior Cardinal Priest to participate in the 2005 Papal conclave. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... James Aloysius Hickey (October 11, 1920 – October 24, 2004) was a Cardinal for sixteen years and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC for twenty years. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Theodore Edgar McCarrick (b. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Donald William Wuerl (1940–) was the 11th Roman Catholic Bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the sixth Archbishop of Washington, DC. Wikinews has news related to: Wuerl appointed Washington, D.C.s new bishop Born November 12 in Pittsburgh, he attended St. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Resources

  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington
  • Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • Catholic Hierarchy Profile of the Archdiocese of Washington

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