A great night in Buffalo

I’m pleased to announce that CNEWA’s ONE magazine tonight won 12 awards at the annual Catholic Press Association gathering, including 1st Place for General Excellence (Mission Magazines). Among other things, the judges wrote: First-rate journalism. Consistently strong reporting and research, not simply quotes and descriptions. Any one of the news features in a given issue could easily have [Read More…]

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Buffalo gals, a deacon, and a bench

Highlights from yesterday: first, a riveting luncheon speech by the great Sister Rosemary, in which she recounted her heroic working saving girls’ lives using needle and thread. She got a well-deserved standing ovation. A fellow who happened to be sitting at my table for lunch was Deacon René Laprise, Director of Media Relations for the Canadian [Read More…]

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A great dinner companion—in every sense

It isn’t every day you get to dine with one of the most influential people in the world. Last night, I had the privilege of doing just that: sitting at the same table for dinner with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe. If you don’t know Sister Rosemary, you should. Honoring her last year, Forest Whitaker wrote in TIME [Read More…]

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This morning in Buffalo…

Weather has been gorgeous here: mid-70s, with a brisk breeze. Went for a walk this morning to see a few sites around the hotel and convention center. Besides the classic architecture, lovingly preserved, I also saw an iconic figure in the hotel lobby: Msgr. Paul Tighe, who spotted me and came over to say hello. First words [Read More…]

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The obligatory Niagara Falls post

Wherein I’m photographed in the company of the Ann Rogers and Brian Finnerty, Communications Director for Opus Dei. We look like we have the makings of a bad sitcom. But we had a great time. We’re in town for the Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo. More news from that in the days to come…after Brian [Read More…]

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Shuffling off to Buffalo

I’m departing early in the morning for the Catholic Media Conference up in beautiful Buffalo. Looking forward to reconnecting with some old friends and breaking bread with some new ones. If you’re in the nabe, stop by! We’re slated to visit Niagara Falls Tuesday afternoon. Blog post to follow. Photo via Wikipedia [Read more…]

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To all the fathers in my life…

Happy Fathers Day!  With love and gratitude… [Read more…]

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Iraq’s Sister Diana: “We need to gain back our humanity”

I got to meet the now-legendary Sister Diana Momeka this morning and wrote about it over at CNEWA’s blog:   The first thing that struck me about the veiled woman in white standing in our reception area was: “She’s so little.” The petite Dominican sister with the piercing eyes and dark hair didn’t look like someone [Read More…]

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Visiting the Little Sisters in Queens

Wednesday evening, I was invited out to Queens Village to lead a Holy Hour and Benediction for the Little Sisters of the Poor.  I took the opportunity afterward to stroll the grounds, which have some unusual areas for prayer and contemplation, even at night. This statue of the Holy Family struck me for a couple of [Read More…]

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Another giant falls: University of Maryland daily newspaper goes weekly

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, almost 40 years ago, The Diamondback was one of the best student newspapers in America: a daily paper with a circulation of about 40,000 that consistently turned out award-winning journalism from some of the best and brightest young writers around. To write for The Diamondback (or DBK, as we [Read More…]

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