27 February 2015
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Let me begin by asking your forgiveness and indulgence. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sent out a document from the Vatican in January regarding the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. In the press of activities following my ordination I have only this week been able to review it. I am now sending it out to you to review and discuss with your parishes and communities.
Unfortunately, I must send our diocese's reflections on the Lineamenta back to the USCCB by 20 March. Thus, I must ask you to send me your comments and reflections by 13 March. I recognize two weeks is a short period to reflect and bring your thoughts to bear on the weighty questions found in the survey. I apologize for that quick turnaround. However, I thank you in advance for taking up this challenge.