May-June issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published, with the theme of 'celibacy and chastity'

The May-June issue of Catholic Herald magazine has been published. The theme for this issue is "celibacy and chastity." The digital edition of the magazine is available at

This issue also includes a special commemorative section on "Remembering Bishop Francis A. Quinn," seventh bishop of Sacramento who served from 1979 to 1993, who died on March 21. The special section is available to view at

This section includes coverage of the vespers service and funeral Mass for Bishop Quinn on March 31-April 1, a detailed look back on his 97 years of life, and statements by Bishop Jaime Soto and Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand sharing their reflections about Bishop Quinn.

In the cover story of the May-June issue, Catholic Herald interviews four priests of the diocese who, in their own words, discussing embracing and living the promise of celibacy. They are Father Blaise Berg, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Vacaville; Father Andres Emmanuelli, parochial vicar of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Vallejo; Father William Kinane, pastor emeritus of St. Dominic Parish in Colfax (retired since 2008); and Father Guillermo Hernandez, pastor of St. Rose Parish in Sacramento and director of vocations for the Diocese of Sacramento. The four priests say that living the promise has its challenges, but celibacy is also a source of great joy, life and vitality for the church and God's people.

Other stories in this issue include a feature on Dan and Justine Gemo, youth and young adult ministers at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Vallejo who married in August 2018, who say chastity is "possible and beautiful"; on Luz Manrique, religious education director at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacramento since July 2005, who on Aug. 15, 2015 entered into the ancient but little-known vocation of a consecrated virgin; on seminary formators from St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park and Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon, discuss how priesthood candidates prepare for chaste lives as priests; and on how the recent Echoes of Worth retreat for teens in the diocese imparted to them the main themes of the Theology of the Body.

Bishop Jaime Soto is the publisher of Catholic Herald magazine, which is published six times each year and includes moving faith stories and high-quality photography about Catholics in the diocese, as well as news and events of the local church. Individual faith stories are the cornerstone of the magazine and columns also explore the Catholic faith and education about church teachings. To donate $15 per year to receive Catholic Herald, call 916-733-0266 or visit To view the archives of past issues of Catholic Herald magazine, visit

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