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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.

The bishops themselves constitute the membership of the Conference and are served by a staff of approximately 315 lay people, priests, deacons, and religious located at the Conference headquarters in Washington, DC. There is also a small Office of Film and Broadcasting in New York City and a branch office of Migration and Refugee Services in Miami.

The Conference is organized as a corporation in the District of Columbia. Its purposes under civil law are: "To unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the United States; to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad; to aid in education; to care for immigrants; and generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction the objects of its being."

The USCCB Statement of Mission 

Brief History of the USCCB

In 1917 the bishops of the U.S. formed the National Catholic War Council (NCWC) to enable U.S. Catholics to contribute funds and commit personnel to provide spiritual care and recreation services to servicemen during World War I. In 1919 Pope Benedict XV urged the hierarchy to join him in working for peace and social justice. In response, the bishops organized the National Catholic Welfare Council in 1919 and set up the first Administrative Committee of seven members to handle the Council's business between plenary meetings. At that time the headquarters were established in Washington, DC and a general secretary with some staff was appointed.

USCCB Centenary Timeline: 1917-2017

The word "Conference" soon replaced "Council" in the organization's title, underlining the fact that it was consultative rather than legislative. At the same time, in 1922 the National Catholic Welfare Conference was created to address such concerns as education, immigration and social action.

This model continued until 1966 when the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) were established. The NCCB attended to the Church's own affairs in this country, fulfilling the Vatican Council's mandate that bishops "jointly exercise their pastoral office" (Decree on the Bishops' Pastoral Office in the Church, #38). NCCB operated through committees made up exclusively of bishops, many of which had full-time staff organized in secretariats. In USCC the bishops collaborate with other Catholics to address issues that concern the Church as part of the larger society. Its committees included lay people, clergy and religious in addition to the bishops.

Read a presentation about the USCCB Centenary with images and view a video about the USCCB's history.

On July 1, 2001 the NCCB and the USCC were combined to form the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). USCCB continues all of the work formerly done by the NCCB and the USCC with the same staff. The bishops themselves form approximately 17 committees, each with its own particular responsibility.

The staff work is overseen by the General Secretariat.

Acknowledgements

 

 

“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want”

(Psalm 23:1)

 

 SIMON LONG VO

(01-10-1927 – 11-3-2015)

Laid to rest on November 14, 2015 at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Orange, California

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We are grateful to Almighty God for the gift of life of Simon.

We, the Vo Family, would like to express our profound gratitude to:

Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville

Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta

Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland

Most Reverend John Cummins, Emeritus Bishop of Oakland

Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu

Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange

Most Reverend Dominic Luong Thanh Mai, Auxiliary Bishop of Orange

Most Reverend Joseph Linh Chi Nguyen, Bishop of Thanh Hoa

Most Reverend Michael Oanh Duc Hoang, Bishop of Kontum

Most Reverend Joseph Tri Ngoc Chau, Bishop of Da Nang

Most Reverend Joseph Dao Duc Dinh, Coadjutor Bishop of Xuan Loc

Most Reverend Alphonsus Long Huu Nguyen, Auxiliary Bishop of Hung Hoa

 

Mrgs. Joseph Tri Minh Tri, President of the Federation of Vietnamese Catholics in the U.S.A.

Very Reverend Joseph Liem Thanh Nguyen, Former President of the Federation

Very Reverend Joachim Hien Quang Le, Former President of the Federation

Msgr. Francis Phuong Van Pham, Former President of the Federation

Rev. Anthony Chinh Dinh Ngo, Vice President of the Federation

Rev. Peter Quynh Xuan Nguyen, Treasurer of the Federation

Deacon Joseph Anh Nguyen, Vice President of the Federation

Sister Theresa Hao Thanh Nguyen, Lovers of the Holy Cross of Los Angeles, Vice President

Sr. Mary Trinh Thi Nguyen, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Portland, Oregon, Former Vice President

Rev.  Peter Luc The Phan, President of the West Region

Rev. Michael Hoan Khai Mai, President of the South West Region

Rev. Joseph Chau Thanh Nguyen, President of the South East Region

Rev. Joseph Huynh Cong Nguyen, President of the Middle East Region

Rev. John Vianny Thu Ngoc Nguyen, President of the South Region

Rev. Vincent Ninh An Nguyen, President of the Central Region

Rev. Dominic Tuan Anh Nguyen, President of the North West Region

Very Reverend George Mockel, Vicar General of Oakland

Very Reverend Paul Schmidt, Vicar for Clergy of Oakland

Rev. Robert Herbts, OFM Conv., Chancellor and Judicial Vicar of Oakland

Rev. John Direen and Fr Dante Tamayo, St. Joseph Church, Pinole

Rev. Dominic Thuong Hoai Nguyen, St. John the Baptist Church, El Cerrito

Rev. Joseph Duong Phan, Director of the Apostleship of the Sea, Oakland

Rev. Michael Van K. Dinh, St. Michael Church, Livermore; Rev. Joseph Tri Tran, Chaplain of the U.S. Air Force

Rev. Joseph Bich Nhu Nguyen, Tribunal of Oakland; Rev. Joseph Quang Nguyen, St. Leo the Great, Oakland

Rev. Thomas Khue Trung Le and Fr Dinh Thuc Tran, St. Felicitas Church, San Leandro

Rev. Mark Hoc T. Kieu, St. Anthony, Oakland; Rev. Peter Dung Ngo, Our Lady Queen of the World, Bay Point

Rev. Peter Tu Nguyen, St. Patrick Church, Rodeo ; Rev. Anthony Huong Le, St. Joseph Church, Fremont

Rev. Peter Thi Hoang, St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda; Rev. Glenn Naguit, St. Margaret Mary Church, Oakland

Fr. Fernando Cortez, Former Vocation Director of Oakland; Fr Tuan Nguyen, St. Paul Church, San Pablo

Rev. James Sullivan, Chaplain Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland ; Rev. Lee Champoochang, Holy Spirit Church, Fremont

Msgr. Daniel E. Cardlli, Danville, California; Rev. Herman H. M. Leong, San Lorenzo, California

Priests of the Diocese of Oakland

Rev. Hy Khac Nguyen, P.S.S., the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

Rev. John Nghi Cong Tran, Director of the VietCatholic Network, Los Angeles, California

                                                                              Very Rev. Gladstone H. Steven, Rector, Vincent Bui Doan & St. Patrick Seminary & University

Rev. Quang Minh Dong, Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lavang, Las Vegas

Very Rev. Joseph Hao Dinh, St. Martin, Sunnyvale, California; Rev. Peter De Ta Vo, SVD, Techny, Illinoi

Rev. Hung Le, Pastor of Nhuong Nghia Church, Da Nang, Vietnam

Msgr. Joseph Tuan Quoc Pham, Holy Spirit Church, Fountain Valleys, California

Rev. Thomas De Nguyen, Holy Spirit Church, Fountain Valleys, California

Rev. Joseph Son Nguyen, Chaplin of the UCI Medical Center, Orange, California

Rev. John B. Bao Quoc Thai, St. Cecilia, Tustin; Rev. Joseph Minh Duc Nguyen, Orange, California

Rev. Peter Tuyen Van Nguyen, Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove, California

Rev. Paul Cuong Quang Phan, St. Maria Goretti, San Jose, California

Rev. Vincent Truyen Nguyen, Our Lady of Refuse, San Jose, California

Rev. Peter Loi Huynh and Fr Andrew Thong Nguyen, Our Lady of Lavang, San Jose, California

Rev. Nghia Phan, OMF, St. Elizabeth Church, Oakland, California

Rev. Andrew Vu Nguyen, Holy Family, San Jose; Rev. Justin Tuong Trung Le, St. Elizabeth Church, Milpitas

Rev. Gilberto Escobedo, St. Boniface Church, Anaheim; Rev. Hoan Tuan Trinh, OFM , San Francisco

Rev. Joachim Thanh Xuan Dao, Holy Vietnamese Martyrs, Seattle, Washington State

Rev. Bartholomew Dat Huu Pham, SDD, Our Lady of Lavang Church, Portland, Oregon

Rev. Anthony Hanh Pham, Ocist and St Joseph Monastery, San Bernadino, California

Rev. Lo Xuan Dam, Mary Knoll; Rev. Joseph Trong Duc Nguyen, Santa Ana, California

Religious and Diocesan Priests

 

 Deacon Joseph Minh Tong, St. Boniface Church, Anaheim, Deacons and Seminarians

Sr Felicia Sarati, CSJO, Office of Ethnics of Oakland

Sr. Rosaline Nguyen, Director of the Vietnamese Pastoral Center of Oakland

Sr Celine Pathiaparambil and Sr. Christine Chi Le, St. Joseph Church, Pinole

Sr Anna Huong Thi Le, Superior the Lovers of the Cross of Hue, Vietnam

Sr Agnes Chau Mai, OP, Superior of the Dominicans of Rose Lima, Saigon, Vietnam

Religious Sisters and Brothers; The Knight of Columbus

Mrs. Arlene Marseille, Principle & St. Joseph School, Pinole, California

Mr. Chi Nang Nguyen, Chairperson, and the people of God of St. Boniface Church, Anaheim

Mr. Peter Lam Le, Chairperson, and the People of God of St. Anthony Church, Oakland

Dr. Cathia Walters-Knight, Chairperson and the People of God of St. Joseph Church, Pinole

Relatives, Friends and the many people who have prayed, and supported us during this difficult time of loss.

 

  Through the intercession of the Holy Vietnamese Martyrs, may

“the Blessings of the Lord be upon you”

(Psalm 129:8)

 The Vo Family & Fr. Peter Son Vo

FUNERAL ARRRANGMENTS OF SIMON VO LONG

 

“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want”

(Psalm 23:1)

 

SIMON LONG VO +

Born in Jan. 10, 1927 into a very Catholic family in Vietnam; his ancestors are martyrs,

passed away on Nov. 3, 2015 at the West Anaheim Medical Center, Anaheim, California

Vigil Masses:

Family Residence in Anaheim & St. Joseph Church, Pinole, California

Fr Peter Son Vo

Friday, November 13, 2015

Peek Family Funeral Home

7801 Bolsa Avenue, Westminster, CA 92683

Phone: (714) 892-3525

Blessing of the body: 9:00 am-10:00 am    

Fr Peter Son Vo

 

Visitation: 10:00 am-1:00 pm

St. Patrick Chapel (Opposite Peek Family Funeral Home)

7820 Bolsa Avenue, Midway City, CA

Phone: 714-897-8181

Vigil Service: 5:00-6:00 pm – Fr. Michael Hoan Khai Mai

(St. Boniface Community and All)

Vigil Mass: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Presider and Homilist: Bishop Dominic Luong Thanh Mai

Saturday, November 14, 2015

St. Boniface Catholic Church

120 N. Janss Street, Anaheim, CA 92805

Phone: (714) 956-3110

 

Funeral Mass: 8:30 am

Presider: Msgr Joseph Tri Minh Trinh

Greeting and The Rite of Blessing at the doors of the Church: Fr. John Nghi Cong Tran

Homilist: Fr Anthony Chinh Dinh Ngo

Final Commendation: Msgr. Joseph Tuan Quoc Pham

Deacons: Joseph Anh Nguyen & Deacon Joseph Tong Minh

 

Burial Service

Fr Thomas De Dang Nguyen, Fr Joseph Son Thanh Nguyen

Holy Sepulcher Cemetery

7845 East Santiago Canyon Road

Orange, CA 92869

Phone: (714) 532-6551

Please join with us in prayers and the celebration of the Holy Masses to pray for Simon Long Vo.

Fr Peter Son Vo & The Vo Family

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