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xii • United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

congregations of men and women came from Europe and flourished.

Archbishop Carroll guided the infant Church in the United States with

faith, intelligence, and kindness.

Throughout the text of this

United States Catholic Catechism for


, stories are presented to invite reflection on Catholic teaching. So

it seems appropriate to use the story of Archbishop Carroll as the pref-

ace. He always acted to fulfill his role as a faithful teacher and shepherd,

a concern shared by the U.S. bishops of today.