MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs
June 21, 2019 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Having recently returned from the Spring Assembly of the bishops of the United States, I offer here a summary of the work done to ensure that any reported accusations of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults by bishops will be followed up in a timely and effective manner.
(Bishop Sheridan’s homily at the Chrism Mass on April 16 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.)
May 3, 2019 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Praised be Jesus Christ our great High Priest!
Bishop Hanifen, my brother priests and deacons, seminarians, religious sisters and brothers and all of you, brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to welcome the Holy Cross novices and our own diocesan seminarians. Please pray for them that they will persevere in their vocations.
April 19, 2019 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Today — Good Friday — our thoughts and prayers will focus on Christ crucified. At the center of every Catholic church is displayed the crucifix, the visible reminder of Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation.
April 5, 2019 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
We are about to enter the last days of Lent. I pray that all of us are continuing to make good use of this grace-filled time. The message of Lent is the same every year. It is the invitation to conversion.
March 1, 2019 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Among the unique privileges of a bishop is that of conferring the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Orders. There is another very special joy for the bishop, however. It is the opportunity of presiding at the annual Rite of Election, which will be celebrated next week on the first Sunday of Lent.
February 14, 2019 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Pornography is not a topic that most adults are comfortable speaking about. This is especially the case when it comes to parents addressing it with their children.
Regrettably though, it’s the topic that’s becoming more and more necessary to address in our digital age. Too many parents, grandparents, and guardians think that internet-based pornography is beyond the interest of their children. We need to be informed on this matter because statistics tell us another story.
February 1, 2019 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Feb. 2 is the World Day for Consecrated Life. Below is (in part) the homily given by Bishop Sheridan to the assembled religious men and women and the consecrated virgins living in the world during a special Mass on Jan. 26 at Benet Hill Monastery:
We are here to proclaim the value of the consecrated life and of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. We are here to show our esteem for those who live it faithfully; to express our gratitude for God’s grace that has triumphed in generations of generous women and men religious in this part of the state of Colorado; and to express our own gratitude for the years of service given by those here present and all those dedicated religious men and women who came before you.
January 18, 2019 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
On Jan. 27, the Church throughout the United States will begin the annual week-long celebration of Catholic Schools Week. This is a time in which all of us can give thanks for the gift of Catholic schools, which have played such an important role in the lives of many of us.
December 21, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
What is it that we celebrate on Christmas? It is nothing less than the almost incredible miracle of the eternal Second Person of the Blessed Trinity’s taking to Himself our human nature so that he might destroy the power of sin and death and redeem all mankind from the power of Satan.
December 7, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
When the priests of the diocese and I gathered for several days in November, we decided unanimously to encourage the observance of the Ember Days throughout the diocese — at least during this new liturgical year. The decision came from a discussion about the scandals that have erupted in the Church over the past months.
November 2, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
On most days of the Church’s liturgical year, one or more saints are presented for our veneration and celebration. On Nov. 1, we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints — all the holy men and women of every time and place who now enjoy the fullness of life and joy with God in heaven.
October 19, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
We continue to be deeply saddened — and, yes, angry — as news continues to come in concerning the sins of sexual abuse by priests and bishops. Just a week ago Pope Francis removed two Chilean bishops from the clerical state for their crimes against minors.
October 5, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul encourages the new Christians there with these words: “Let us not grow weary of doing good; if we do not relax our efforts, in due time we shall reap our harvest” (Gal. 6:9).
September 21, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Twenty-five years ago, on August 6, 1993, Pope St. John Paul II published what is arguably his most important encyclical, “Veritatis Splendor” (The Splendor of Truth). The encyclical dealt with what the Pope called “a decline or obscuring of the moral sense” (#106.2).
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