Christopher Ruggiano

  1. Portland Archbishop joins national conversation on racism

Portland, OR – The Archdiocese of Portland’s Archbishop, Alexander K. Sample, participated in a national conversation on racism as part of the virtual USCCB Fall General Assembly in mid-November.  The prelate encouraged the church to move away from using secular phrases and lean on its own Social teachings for terminology and discussions.  Read more here:

  1. Archbishop Gregory created Cardinal

Vatican City – On the late Roman afternoon of Saturday, November 28, 2020, Washington DC Archbishop, Wilton Gregory, was created and proclaimed a Cardinal in a Consistory convoked by Pope Francis.  Cardinal Gregory becomes the first African-American Cardinal in the US.  Since the first Cardinals were Roman priests, tradition holds that each Cardinal created is to be assigned a Titular Church, where they must celebrate Mass every time they visit the Eternal City.  In this case, the Church of the Immaculate Conception was assigned to him—fitting as Our Lady under her Immaculate Conception is patroness of the United States.  Read more about his elevation here:

  1. Washington, DC Auxiliary named as Buffalo Ordinary

Buffalo, NY – On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Pope Francis named Washington, D.C Auxiliary Bishop, Michael W. Fisher, to serve as the next Bishop of Buffalo, NY.  Having been ordained as a Bishop in June 2018, he replaces Bishop Richard Malone who resigned as Bishop of the scandal-ridden diocese on December 4, 2019.  Current Albany Bishop, Edward Scharfenberger, will continue serving as Apostolic Administrator of Buffalo until Fisher’s installation on January 15, 2021.  Read the Diocese of Buffalo Press Release here: 

  1. Advent Reflections with L.A. Auxiliary Robert Barron

Santa Barbara, CA – Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop, Robert Barron, is providing a series of Advent Reflections.  Advent, of course, is the liturgical season that prepares us to celebrate the Birth of Our Lord Jesus at Christmas.  To pray these reflections, please see this link:

  1. Beaumont Bishop Toups interviewed

Beaumont, TX – Beaumont, TX Bishop. David Toups, was a recent guest on “The Catholic Talk Show” with hosts Ryan Dellacrosse, Ryan Scheel, and Fr. Richard Pagano.  The hour long interview covered various topics such as how does one become a bishop, what is the life of a bishop, and what are the theology behind the episcopacy.  To view the wide-ranging piece, please click here: