God bless New York

  The young man above is from the Trinity Baptist Church in New York City. I met him on my walk to work today. He set up a folding table and coffee urn beside a busy bus stop on Second Ave. this morning and was passing out free cups of coffee to people who were [Read More...]

After Sandy: we rise, and we kneel

I have one word for my experience today: jaw-dropping. My parish in Queens seats about a thousand people.  At the 12:05 daily Mass today, we had all that and more.  They were standing in the back, and some in the aisles.  We went through four full ciboriums of hosts, which is almost unprecedented. The Mass [Read More...]

The coming storm didn’t worry me until I saw this

Tape on the windows in the lobby of our building. From James Martin, S.J. at America: God of the Universe, at the dawn of creation, your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. You created the oceans and rivers, and all that dwell within them, and at your word the [Read More...]

Patheos peeps!

Blogging has been light the last couple days, but not because I’m battening down the hatches for Stormageddon or Frankenstorm or whatever they’re calling this year’s meteorological catastrophe (though drawing the curtains and breaking out the rosary might be a good idea).  No.  I’ve been away from the keyboard because I took part in a [Read More...]

Planning to be on Long Island this weekend? Stop by and say hello to some Patheosians!

The Society of Catholic Social Scientists is holding its 20th annual conference on Long Island Friday and Saturday, and some familiar names will be there, including Your Humble Blogger. Friday morning, I’ll be moderating a panel  — “And God Said ‘Tweet’: New Media and the New Evangelization” — that will include our own Marc Barnes and [Read More...]

St. Kateri at my church

As I mentioned in my homily this morning, St. Kateri is featured in my parish’s reredos.  Here are a couple pictures I took today to illustrate.  The sacristan is lighting the candles by the image of St. Boniface. Kateri is located in the upper right corner of the Boniface image. [Read more...]

“Pentecost is alive!”

Every now and then, when folks hear where I work, they go…”Huh?” We like to say that  Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is one of the best-kept secrets of the Catholic Church. Well, to try and spread the word, this year we’ve produced our first-ever online multimedia Annual Report, packed with information, photos and [Read More...]

There goes the printed word—or, at least, the printed page

As someone who makes his living in a world populated by paper, ink and staples, I found the Newsweek news both significant and unsurprising.  The death of the print edition was considered inevitable; it wasn’t a question of if, but when.   Now, people are dissecting the cadaver. Jeremy Lott notes:  With today’s news that Newsweek will [Read More...]

And the Catholic empire at Patheos continues to grow…

A big shout-out and welcome to our newest blogger, Lisa Hendey! Check out her new place, the nicely named “A Good Measure.”  Lisa will be familiar to scads of Catholic blog readers for her website CatholicMom.com.  She’s also a terrific speaker and ardent advocate for all things bloggy and social media-y.  I saw her in [Read More...]

50 years after Vatican II, “radically changed relations” between Catholics and other religions

In the current issue of ONE magazine, I chat with Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt, about the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and, in particular, Catholic relations with Islam. A snip: ONE: One of the most significant documents the council produced remains “Nostra Aetate,” which addressed the Catholic Church’s relations with non-Christian religions. How [Read More...]


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