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Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, right, answers questions July 20 at Creighton University in Omaha from the executive director of the Institute for Priestly Formation, Father Richard Gabuzda, during an annual gathering of IPF supporters and newcomers titled “A Reason for Your Hope.” Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Cardinal Wuerl credits spiritual strength of Institute for Priestly Formation

An institute devoted to the spiritual formation of seminarians and priests has a strong role to play in the new evangelization, Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said July 20 at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) in Omaha.

With Christ at the heart of all relationships, bringing priests and seminarians to a stronger love of Jesus helps them lead the faithful with joy and bring the Gospel to greater fruition, Cardinal Wuerl said. He spoke to about 80 people from around the country – supporters and people newly introduced to IPF – at the institute’s annual gathering on the Creighton University campus titled “A Reason for Your Hope.”

And lay people, assisted by priests and bishops, will help lead others to the truth of Christ’s love, Cardinal Wuerl said. That will happen through courage and boldness, with strong connections to the church, a sense of urgency and compassion, he said.

Cardinal Wuerl spoke at a breakfast and participated in a question-and-answer session with the institute’s executive director, Father Richard Gabuzda. He also presided with Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss at a Mass attended by seminarians participating in the institute’s summer program of spiritual formation, classes and service projects.

Read more about the cardinal’s visit in the Aug. 11 issue of the Catholic Voice.

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