A sister writes from Iraq: “The sisters and priests are a sign of hope among the people”

 Sister Maria Goretti Hanna, O.P., and Good Shepherd Sister Marie-Claude Naddaf meet with workers creating shelters for refugees in Erbil, Iraq. (photo: CNEWA) From CNEWA’s blog, One-to-One,  a letter from a nun in Iraq paints a picture of what they are confronting: St. Paul says in the first letter to the Corinthians, “And when I [Read More...]

A wonderful vocations tool: novena to St. John Vianney

Once again, my parish is in the midst of a great tradition, offering the annual novena to St. John Vianney —patron saint of parish priests—and praying for vocations to the parish priesthood. Every year, we open the novena with a Mass celebrated by a jubiliarian, and bring it to a close with a Mass celebrated by a [Read More...]

Want to know how you can help Iraqi Christians? Here.

I preached about it last weekend. Now, there’s more. This just in, from My Day Job Desk: Catholic Near East Welfare Association has launched a campaign to rush emergency assistance to tens of thousands of Christians forced to flee their homes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ordered by ISIS extremists of the self-proclaimed Islamic [Read More...]

Flying to Ohio! Again!

Wasn’t I there just a few weeks ago?  (Yes!)  I’m about to head out the door for LaGuardia, again, so blogging may be light over the next couple days. I’m headed to the lovely campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I’ll be the keynote speaker at the annual gathering of deacons for the [Read More...]

Walking with Jesus

Scenes from my parish’s Corpus Christi procession on Sunday, with our pastor, Bishop Paul Sanchez. We had a beautiful day, and a wonderful turnout: about 300 people who joined us after the 1 p.m. Mass. The Blessed Sacrament was venerated at three separate outside altars along a route that took us around the parish block. [Read more...]

Team Patheos!

A little group of us, representing part of the Patheos Catholic Channel, gathered to lead a panel discussion this afternoon at the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte. The topic: “Blogging About Faith Without Losing Your Soul.”  After the talk, we posed for a class picture. It’s Sister Rose, Your Humble Blogger, Fr. Eric Sundrup, Frank [Read More...]

Gospel and BBQ in Charlotte!

No one can say the visit to Charlotte has been dull. This evening’s Mass was celebrated at St. Peter’s Church, a Jesuit parish in downtown Charlotte that happens to be the oldest Catholic church in Charlotte. The mural behind the altar appears to depict Jesus’s appearance to Peter after the Resurrection. And one of the [Read More...]

Happy Father’s Day, Dad

Love you and miss you. [Read more...]

Where it all began

A little early Throwback Thursday action, for those of you who follow such things… The picture below is Your Humble Blogger in April of 2002 with Dom Bernardo Olivera, at the time the Abbot General of the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), commonly known as Trappists.  We met each other at [Read More...]

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...]