USA – Following his visit to California, Archbishop Pizzaballa continued his pastoral visit to various dioceses in the United States from May 9 -14, 2017. He met with religious and political figures, the Good Shepherd Arabic American community and many Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher.
Arriving in Texas on May 9, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem met with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and H.E. Thomas Standish of the Southwestern Lieutenancy of the Knight of the Holy Sepulcher; Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus; Bishop George Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, and Bishop William Michael Mulvey from the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
On May 10 and 11, 2017, Archbishop Pizzaballa visited Washington, DC, where he was welcomed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, Bishop Emeritus Denis Madden of Baltimore and H.E. Michael Ruck with some Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher from the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy. Later in the day, he also met with Mr. Jason Greenblatt, Assistant to President Trump for International Relations.
On May 11, Archbishop Pizzaballa met with Ms. Pamela Pryor of the State Department Office of International Religious Freedom and Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia.
Parish Community of the Good Shepherd and Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers
Archbishop Pizzaballa celebrated Mass on Sunday, May 14, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Yonkers, New York with the Arab American community on the occasion of its 42nd founding anniversary.
Father Fares Hattar, priest-in-charge of the community assisted, as Archbishop Pizzaballa administered the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation to a number of children, and later with visits to some elderly and sick members of the community. Later that day, a gathering was held to celebrate Mothers’ Day and to honor several members of the Good Shepherd community.
While in New York, Archbishop Pizzaballa attended a Formal Convocation at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers and also met with the Faculty.