My Place in the Sun

My place in the sun

My Place in the Sun, April 13: An Easter message

An Easter message from Bishop Robert J. Cunningham Dear Friends in Christ, “Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness” (The Exsultet). This joyous Easter Proclamation…


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My Place in the Sun, April 6: Forgiveness and Peace

The Prodigal Son is one of the most familiar Gospel parables. The younger of two sons collects his inheritance from his father and leaves home to make his way in the world. Perhaps the popular adage about “the grass being greener” beyond the confines of the familiar prompted his desire…


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My Place in the Sun, March 30: IGNITE Conference

   On Saturday March 25, more than 800 men from our diocese attended the ninth annual IGNITE Conference at the SRC Arena. It was a fine day that nourished the hearts and minds of the dedicated, faith-filled men who participated. The homily I preached on that occasion is printed below….


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My Place in the Sun, March 23: Stations of the Cross

For many of us the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week and, especially Good Friday. The devotion is also known as the “Way of the Cross,” and the “Via Dolorosa.” The tradition for this devotion dates back to the ancient practice of making a pilgrimage to…


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My Place in the Sun, March 16: Remembering Bishop Moynihan

A few hours before writing this week’s article, we celebrated the funeral liturgy for Most Rev. James M. Moynihan. Since his death on March 6, our diocesan website, the Catholic Sun, and the secular media have provided us with much information about his life, his priestly ministry and his 14-year…


My Place in the, Sun March 9: Rite of Election

   The first two Sundays of March are joyous occasions for those preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. On Sunday, March 5, I celebrated the Rite of Election at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for 48 catechumens who are in the final stages of preparation for the reception of…


My Place in the Sun, March 1: Heroes of March

“The history of the Church has not been driven by theologians, or priests, or nuns, or bishops. Maybe in part, but the true heroes of the Church are the saints. This is those men and women who devoted their lives to making the Gospel a reality” (Pope Francis, Interview in El…



My Place in the Sun, February 16: Marriage Jubilee

Sunday, February 12, was a joyous occasion! Married couples from throughout the diocese joined me at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the celebration of their jubilees. Gathered at the Eucharist we gave thanks to Almighty God for their example of fidelity and enduring love. The Marriage Jubilee is…


My place in the sun, February 9: Welcome the Stranger

   On Sunday, Feb. 5, I celebrated a special Mass in Solidarity with Refugees and Exiles at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The prepared text of the homily I preached on that occasion is printed below. Let me begin with a warm welcome to those from other lands who…