Cuba Set to Open New Seminary

US Bishops to Attend November Opening

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WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 26, 2010 ( The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will send a delegation of its Church of Latin America Subcommittee to Cuba in recognition of the new seminary to be opened in early November.

The National Seminary, located approximately 30 miles from Havana, is the first religious structure built in Cuba in half a century.

Subcommittee member Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami will lead the delegation to Cuba on Nov. 3-6. Also in attendance will be Oblates of Mary Immaculate Father Andrew Small, the National Collections Office director for the Church of Latin America, Thomas Quigley, counselor to the subcommittee, and local clergy from the Archdiocese of Miami.

While in Cuba, the group will also visit parishes and missions in Havana supported by the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Each year, dioceses across America collect money, which supports pastoral projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The new seminary is just one of the projects in Cuba supported by the collection.

The delegation will also visit the Diocese of Pinar del Rio.

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