My Place in the Sun

Cunningham_formal_robes

World Day of Prayer for the Sick

Each year the Church designates Feb. 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, as the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. This commemoration gives us an opportunity to reflect upon, pray for and encourage our brothers and sisters who are ill. The Church’s concern for the sick has…


Cunningham_formal_robes

October happenings

A quick review of the calendar is the clearest indication that autumn brings with it a full schedule. The lazy, hazy days of summer are over. My activities during this month have been as varied as the colors of the leaves. I think of that often as I travel on…


Cunningham_formal_robes

Catholic Educators

The National Catholic Education Association has been providing leadership and service to Catholic education since 1904. NCEAS’s mission is to advance the educational and catechetical mission of the Church and provide leadership and service to its members. This week many Catholic educators will attend the annual National Catholic Education Association…


Cunningham_formal_robes

The role of the bishop now and then

A few weeks ago, a fine young college student in our diocese who has been studying the Church Fathers innocently asked me what I thought the difference was between the role of a bishop today and in the time of St. Gregory the Great (540-604). I think he was politely…


Cunningham_formal_robes

Catholic Charities: A century of service

On the weekend of September 25- 26, many parishes throughout the U.S. will be celebrating National Catholic Charities Sunday.  This celebration takes place as we commemorate the 100th  anniversary of Catholic Charities USA.  How fitting that the Gospel for that Sunday is from Luke 16. It is the familiar story…


Cunningham_formal_robes

Opening liturgy for Catholic school administrators

Catholic school administrators, faculty and staff gathered on September 7th for Mass at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt to mark the beginning of the new school year.  Bishop Cunningham was the main celebrant and homilist for the liturgy. In addressing the specific character of Catholic schools as “a person not…


Cunningham_formal_robes

Respecting Life

The measure of love is to love without measure is the theme for this year’s Respect Life Sunday.  It is a theme, however, that should not be reserved to that day only. It should be evident in our lives every day. On Respect Life Sunday and on all the days…


Cunningham_formal_robes

Catholic schools — An enduring witness

When we arrive at mid-August, we realize that summer days, with different schedules, some extended vacation time with family and friends, family picnics and trips to the beach are soon coming to an end. School age children and young people know that school days are just around the corner! As I…


Cunningham_formal_robes

The Knights of Columbus

Pilgrims visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are always impressed with its magnificent and expansive space and the beautiful chapels that celebrate the love and devotion given to the Blessed Mother embedded in the culture of the many nationalities that now are at home here…


Cunningham_formal_robes

Natural family planning

At our semiannual meeting in November of 2009, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved and released a pastoral letter entitled: Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.  In this letter, we stated: “While marriage is a special blessing for Christians because of the grace of Christ, marriage…