My Place in the Sun

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…


My place in the sun, Feb. 2: Catholic Schools: A Great Gift

We are in the midst of Catholic Schools Week! Last Friday evening, as has been the custom for 11 years, the Light the Way Scholarship Dinner was held at the Oncenter. We honored Bishops Moynihan and Costello, Donna Skrocki, Patrick Kinne, and three educators who have served in our Catholic…


My place in the sun, Jan. 26: March for Life

   Thousands of people, including hundreds from our diocese, will travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the March for Life on Friday, January 27. The homily I plan to preach in the crypt at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is printed below. “Snowflakes are…


Respect life

Each year as we prepare for the annual March for Life in our nation’s capital, I am reminded that the march occurs just a few short weeks after the Solemnity of Christmas. On Christmas, and the days immediately following it, I often found myself (and I hope you did, too)…


Instruments of Peace

Christmas trees are down and stored away until next year or waiting curbside to be picked up. Holiday decorations are packed away. Little remains visible of Christmas 2016. Stores have moved on from Christmas bargains and are prepared for the next holiday. Walking into a store the other day, I…


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Extraordinary Synod on the Family

This past February, Pope Francis wrote a letter to families in which he noted his desire to “come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being…


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Catechetical Sunday

Every year on the third Sunday in September, parishes across the United States celebrate Catechetical Sunday. This year, the celebration falls on September 21 and will focus on the theme “Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness.”    Two thoughts came to my mind as I considered Catechetical Sunday: the mercy…