Bishop Kopacz in quarantine following positive COVID test

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Bishop Joseph Kopacz in quarantine following positive COVID-19 test

JACKSON – Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz of the Diocese of Jackson, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, after noticing mild flu-like symptoms.

Fortunately, Bishop Kopacz is fully vaccinated, and a full recovery is anticipated.

Bishop Kopacz has begun the quarantine process and reports his symptoms are mild. He will continue serving Catholics in the Diocese of Jackson, remotely, while in quarantine.

Bishop Kopacz would like to remind the public to take all steps necessary to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19 and strongly encourages all who are eligible to get vaccinated.

The Diocese of Jackson asks that everyone keep Bishop Kopacz, our health care providers and those who have COVID-19 in your prayers.

St. Francis of Assisi School in Greenwood Closing Doors Permanently at End of Academic Year

GREENWOOD (May 13,2022) — The doors to St. Francis of Assisi School will be closed permanently when the academic year concludes next Friday, May 20, bringing an end to an institution that has been part of the Greenwood community for nearly three-quarters of a century. The announcement was made today by the Franklin, Wisconsin-based Franciscan Friars of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province. The Franciscan friars will continue serving St. Francis Parish in Greenwood, an association that began some 70 years ago when Assumption Province was invited by the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson to begin pastoral ministry among the African American community. The school was opened in 1951.

To read more — click here for Full Press Release from the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province [Spanish]

Faithful invited to fast and pray Rosary on Friday in midst of tensions over leaked court opinion

WASHINGTON – In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, some abortion advocates are calling for nationwide demonstrations, disruptions of church services, and the personal intimidation of specific Supreme Court justices. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities invited the faithful to unite in fasting and prayer:

In the midst of current tensions, we invite Catholics around the country to join us in fasting and praying the Rosary on Friday, May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for these intentions:

  • For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death.
  • For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.
  • For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.
  • For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.
  • For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life.

As Catholics, let us witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love, and with our peaceful prayers and our compassionate service to all those in need.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.


Media Contact:
Chieko Noguchi
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops