My Place in the Sun

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Youth: Open to the Faith

Let me begin by wishing a Blessed New Year to all who are reading this column and to all those you cherish.  The start of a new year reminds us that our lives are made of days and nights, of seasons and years.  We mark ends and we make beginnings…


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The Bishop and His Priests

The psalmist says it well, “Behold how good it is, and how pleasant, when  brothers dwell as one!” (Ps. 133:1) That phrase has often found a place in my prayer life dating back to my seminary days. It is evident when the bishop gathers with his priests during the course…


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What does January offer us?

Christmas decorations have been put away for another year.  In the life of the Church, the liturgical season of Christmas ends with the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.  We find ourselves once more in the season known as Ordinary Time.  While that might fit well with the liturgical…


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Mission Sunday

As Mission Sunday approaches each year, my mind goes back to earlier carefree days when missionary priests and sisters visited my elementary school classroom. They told stories about life in faraway places — sometimes in the cold of northern lands, like Alaska or Antarctica; sometimes in the tropical islands or…


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Catholic Men’s Conference

On Sat., April 2, 800 men gathered at the Oncenter for the third annual Ignite Men‘s Conference. It was a grace-filled day that began with Mass. What follows is the homily which I gave that morning.    My Dear Brothers, The Lord blesses each of us in many ways each day. …


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Ordinary time and the new evangelization

The Christmas decorations have been put away. The weeks before the celebration are full of much preparation, but the day itself passes quickly. That is why the Church extends its celebration for 12 days and, in reality, several more until we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord….


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The Saints Among Us

Lectio Divina is a Latin term familiar to many on the journey of faith.  Translated it simply means divine reading, holy reading, spiritual reading.  The methodology consists in the regular reading of Sacred Scripture, the Fathers of the Church or other spiritual reading material.  When the person reading comes upon…


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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…


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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…


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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…