My Place in the Sun

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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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A journey for life

This week’s article is based on the homily given on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Many of those attending boarded buses immediately after the Mass to begin their journey to Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life and other activities supporting life…


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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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Child abuse prevention month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  As caring adults, we know that all children have the right to be safe and protected from harm in all environments — home, school, religious institutions, neighborhoods and communities.  We are all called to be protectors of young children and vulnerable adults. Preventing…


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Celebrating Catholic Schools

It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this week’s column that I am convinced our Catholic schools provide quality education for all who attend them.   Committed to the education of the whole person, they offer outstanding academic programs that provide our children and young people with the knowledge…


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World Mission Sunday sends timeless message

Each year on the third Sunday of October the Church Universal celebrates World Mission Sunday. From the earliest days of the Church, men and women have answered the command of Christ to “go and teach all nations,” bringing His message of salvation to people of every time and place. On…


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The Legacy and the Hope

The recent issue of America magazine featured an article by Father Francis X. Hezel, S.J. which resulted from a recent trip to his native city, Buffalo. He wrote of older areas of the city; stores in which his family had shopped; schools and churches that once served as the cornerstone…