Coming soon to a pew rack near you…

Look what just arrived in my mailbox: This is a small pamphlet (very small: 15 pages, sized to fit in a purse or pocket) I wrote for the good people at Creative Communications for the Parish. For more information, check out their website. Fun fact: it’s even got an Imprimatur (that’s a first for me) [Read More...]

On Archbishop Kurtz: “He’s very deacon-friendly”

Hearing the news this morning about the election of Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz as USCCB president, a deacon friend dropped me a line to report that the new president is “very deacon-friendly.” He was certainly friendly to this deacon when I met him a couple years ago in Nashville at the annual convention of the [Read More...]

I’m back! And look who I bumped into!

I’m back from my quick jaunt to Washington, which actually was a quick jaunt to Alexandria, Virginia, just across the river. There, I sat on a panel discussing blogging for the regional meeting of the Catholic Press Association (my companions for the session were Matt Palmer from the USCCB and noted “Mommy Blogger” Elizabeth Foss). [Read More...]

Want to nurture young Catholics? Here. Try this.

We installed new altar servers at my parish this morning: 38 kids, the largest class ever. This brings the grand total of servers to something close to 150 (not sure the exact number…it might be 140.)  The picture here shows the new recruits lined up in the main foyer of the rectory, waiting for the [Read More...]

Back from the Magic Kingdom!

Well, Orlando, at least. I spent three days rubbing elbows with the deacons of Orlando and their wives—presenting a series of talks for their continuing education weekend on ways to “glorify the Lord” in liturgy, in ministry, and in the home and workplace.  The conference was held at the diocese’s lovely San Pedro Center, a sprawling [Read More...]

See you in Florida!

I’m headed to the airport this morning, bound for Orlando, where I’ll be giving a series of talks to the deacons there.  (No time for a sidetrip to MouseWorld, but I’ll wave as I fly over.)  I may try to do some blogging while I’m at the retreat center, depending on Internet access. Later! [Read more...]

A night of great beginnings for Brooklyn

Wednesday night, 18 men took part in the Rite of Candidacy for the diaconate class of 2017 in the Diocese of Brooklyn. They were admitted to candidacy at St. Kevin Church in Flushing, New York, with Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto presiding. I’m pleased and proud to report that one of the men, Thomas Jorge, is [Read More...]

Announcing “Naked and You Clothed Me,” a second collection from “Homilists for the Homeless”

Some may remember that last year, Deacon Jim Knipper edited and published a collection of homilies and reflections for Cycle C, “Hungry and You Fed Me.”  The book featured work by (among others) James Martin, SJ; Richard Rohr, OFM;  and, um, me. Today, the second volume in the trilogy (eventually set to cover all three [Read More...]

“You can make a difference”: a terrific stewardship video

We’re just launched a new stewardship drive at my parish. The video below, produced and edited by one of our parishioners, Roger Aguinaldo, was shown at all the Masses this morning. It gives a great glimpse at life in my corner of the world—and features a poignant cameo appearance by my late former pastor.  Take a [Read More...]

“To be a deacon in today’s church is to be busy. Very busy.”

A few words from someone in a position to know, from the next edition of Our Sunday Visitor: On an otherwise unremarkable Sunday in July 2007, I found myself face-to-face with a bewitching young Irish lass, Margaret Flanagan, who would forever change my life. I remember gazing down at her pink cheeks and laughing eyes. [Read More...]