So long, Springfield!

Thanks for a wonderful retreat. Praying for you all as you journey forward to “go and announce the gospel of the Lord!” Thanks to Fr. Barry Harmon and all the good people in the diaconate formation program for inviting me and making me feel so welcome. Below, a last shot with the new lectors and [Read More...]

Headed to Springfield!

Illinois, that is. I’ll be giving a retreat to deacon candidates this weekend, as they receive the ministry of lector from Bishop Thomas Paprocki. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello. Here’s a blast from the past, meantime: a picture from March of 2005, when I was instituted in the ministry of [Read More...]

Happy Anniversary. And yeah: I’d still walk 1,000 miles to fall down at your door

On May 24, 1986, my life became complete. Happy 28th Anniversary, Siobhain! I think I’ve crossed some weird existential threshold: I’ve now been a married man for more years than I was a single one.  How did that happen? Wasn’t it just last week we were picking out china patterns and sampling wedding cake? The [Read More...]

May 19, 2007

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A great night in Brooklyn: dedicating the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph

A little history was made in the Diocese of Brooklyn last night, as Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio dedicated the new Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph on Pacific Street, just a stone’s throw (or a long free shot) from the shiny new Barclay Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets. The 100-year-old parish church has been freshly renovated—stunningly so, [Read More...]

Happy birthday, dear Patheos, happy birthday to yooooouuuu….

Patheos is pretty big for a five-year-old, don’t you think? Today marks the five-year anniversary, or birthday, or whatever you want to call it, of this remarkable little enterprise. I joined in 2010, bringing “The Deacon’s Bench” over from Beliefnet. Patheos back then was just a year old. The paint was still damp and the [Read More...]

Happy Easter

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Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil rehearsal

My Holy Saturday always begins with coffee and bagels with the RCIA folks in the rectory basement, followed by a two-hour rehearsal in the church of the Vigil, led by Deacon Bill McNamara (my ordination classmate and my parish’s DRE) and Father Frank Passenant, our administrator.  Also on hand is David James the head of [Read More...]

Deacon, on a mission from God

The third Blues Brother has been discovered. Palm Sunday vigil Mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Forest Hills, Queens. Photo by Rosalind Chan-Ganzhi [Read more...]

Queens street renamed for Pope John Paul II

From the In My Backyard Desk, via the New York Daily News: Years before he donned his papal robes, John Paul II spent time at a Maspeth church with ties to the Polish community. That visit to Holy Cross Church will be honored when 59th Road in Maspeth is co-named “Pope John Paul II Way..” [Read More...]


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