Rest in peace, Msgr. Joseph Funaro

Yesterday, I asked for prayers for my pastor emeritus, Msgr. Joseph Funaro. Early this morning, his earthly journey came to an end.  He was 76. O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, Joseph, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal [Read More...]

A prayer for Joe Funaro

Msgr. Funaro, seated, with the parish clergy, just before Midnight Mass 2012.  My pastor emeritus, Msgr. Joseph Funaro, is gravely ill.  Please whisper a prayer for him and all who love him. He mentored me through diaconate formation, and helped make me the deacon I am today. Across the years, he has been a gracious [Read More...]

“Nothing short of a miracle”: mystery priest appears at crash site

You never see stories like this in the mainstream media, but here’s one from Missouri this week: Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning. Emergency crews spent an hour and a half trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in crushed car on [Read More...]

Open wide: Hundreds show up for Catholic Charities free dental clinic

From my Shamelessly Proud of Where I Came From file…a great story involving my alma mater in Maryland, St. Vincent Pallotti High School:  The first two people in line arrived within 10 minutes of each other Friday evening, ready to sleep on the sidewalk overnight for free dental care at a high school in Laurel on [Read More...]

Thank you, George and Mary Kandra

 George and Mary Kandra, my grandparents, with their daughter, Anne, in the backyard of the their home in Taylor, Pennsylvania. Date unknown. A long time ago you came to this country in the bottom of a boat, from a far-flung corner of Slovakia. I never knew much more than that; your home town, I think, [Read More...]

A Visit to “Busted Halo”

So, as I mentioned earlier today, I was invited to be a guest this afternoon on the “Busted Halo” radio show, on the Catholic Channel at Sirius XM Radio.  I’ve done the show a couple times before, and also paid a visit to the Sirius studios to chat with another staple of the channel, “The [Read More...]


If you have satellite radio, you can hear Your Humble Blogger this afternoon on the Busted Halo Radio Show, on Sirius XM. From their Facebook page: Friday, we are live 2-5p East. Guests: author of Dead Man Walking Sister Helen Prejean, Deacon Greg Kandra of The Deacon’s Bench blog, and one of the Catholics Next [Read More...]

Stuff I Did in Denver

As you may recall, I spent most of last week at the 2013 Catholic Media Conference in Denver. If you missed my Facebook posts — what, you weren’t hanging on my every word? —here’s a quick photographic recap. Moments after we landed at the Denver International Airport on Tuesday, a tornado hit. They sent everyone [Read More...]

Just Hanging Out in Denver

It’s not often that I find myself sandwiched between two archbishops, but I did Friday night, when I had the privilege of serving as deacon for a Mass concelebrated by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila. The occasion was the closing liturgy for the 2013 Catholic Media Conference in Denver. Archbishop [Read More...]

Quiz: Which One is the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver?

  Okay, it’s not the second guy from the left. Shown above at the Catholic Media Conference in Denver, from left to right: J.D. Flynn, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver; Your Humble Blogger; John Miller, Associate Director of the Liturgy Office; Deacon Chuck Parker, Director of the Liturgy Office. J.D. tells me he went [Read More...]