My Place in the Sun

My Place in the Sun, June 7: A special day!

On Saturday, June 2, I conferred the sacrament of Holy Orders on Matthew Rawson at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The following is the prepared text of the homily I preached on that occasion. Please join me in praying for Father Rawson that he may be a faithful priest,…


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My Place in the Sun, May 31: Called to Holiness

Gaudete Et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”) is the name of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation. “The Lord . . . wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. . . . My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in…


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My place in the Sun, May 24: Moving On

Saturday I celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass at Le Moyne College. In June, I will join Bishop Grimes, Bishop Ludden, and Seton Catholic at their Baccalaureate Masses. During this season of graduations, I offer my congratulations and prayerful support to all graduates who are entering a new phase in their lives….


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My Place in the Sun, May 17: Random Thoughts

This week, rather than addressing a single topic, I decided to write about some events that are generally associated with May: First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and ordinations. May is the month of choice for First Communion. I received my First Communion in May and through the years I have noticed…


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My Place in the Sun, May 10: Honoring Mothers

As soon as I turn my calendar to the month of May, I think of mothers. I think of May as Mary’s month, recalling May Altars decorated in her honor and May Crownings that acknowledged her as Queen of Heaven and Earth.    My favorite Joyful Mystery of the Rosary…


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My Place in the Sun, May 3: Protecting God’s Children

This past Sunday was Blue Sunday, a national day of prayer for victims of sexual abuse and those who rescued them. How fitting that many of the faithful gathered with me for the celebration of the Eucharist at our Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. As I noted in my homily…



My place in the sun, April 19: Take the Time

Have you noticed that your signature is no longer needed when your use your credit card? If not, know this change is coming soon. This past week, I learned that four major credit card companies would stop requiring signatures on purchases. The articles I read noted that it is unlikely…



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My Place in the Sun, April 5: Easter Season

It is the evening of Good Friday. I have just returned from Christ the King Retreat House where a number of people gathered with me to walk and pray the way of the cross. As is true of many Good Fridays, the day has been gray and cloudy. The evening…