Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

A Parish Priest Reacts to the SCOTUS Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Permit me to share with you the statement released by my own bishop, Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre: Today’s wrongly decided decision by the United States Supreme Court does nothing to alter the truth on the meaning of Holy Matrimony, a sacrament given to us by Jesus Christ. Holy Matrimony is a Sacrament, a covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life. It is clear that the US Supreme Court has chosen to accept a cu … [Read More...]

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A First Mass Homily and The Gift of a New Priest

This was a glorious weekend.  On Saturday, my diocese saw five men ordained to the priesthood!My good friend, Fr. Andrew Garnett asked me to preach the homily at his first Mass.  It was a tremendous honor and privilege.Here below is the homily as prepared for delivery.The readings can be found here.Your Excellency,  Father Kevin, Father Garnett, Brother priests, Dear family of Fr. Garnett, Friends all,It’s a remarkable thing.  That an ordinary man would be chosen by God to … [Read More...]

I’m Taking the #Biking4Vocations prayer challenge, Will You? UPDATED!

  Friends, I've been following along as two priests and three seminarians travel from St. Augustine Florida to Rockville Centre, New York raising awareness for vocations to the priesthood.  They've been doing a fantastic job - check out their progress at and make sure to p … [Read More...]

My Parish Started Offering THIS and What Happened Next Amazed Me!

I strongly believe that the best thing the Catholic Church has is the Holy Eucharist.  That Jesus Christ would leave behind himself for each and everyone of us continues to amaze me.  It is was drew me to the priesthood.  It is what continues to nourish me as a priest.A few weeks ago my pastor an … [Read More...]

Reconciliation Monday: Thousands Came, Thousands Were Saved

I walked into the church at ten to three and already fifty people were waiting.  I went into the priest’s sacristy, took my coat off and put on my surplice and violet stole.  Walking into the church I could feel the eyes of everyone in the church looking at me, wondering where I would go to begin hea … [Read More...]

Watch: The Most Important Thing is Getting to Heaven!

Permit me to introduce you to one of the priests that has had the greatest influence in my life.  This great man eats, lives, and breathes the priesthood.  He was influential in helping me to accept my vocation to the priesthood, mostly because of his own zeal for souls.  These videos are brief, but … [Read More...]

Hail Hail! The value of an underscore, Evangelization, and a new Celtic fan!

For some time now I’ve been on Twitter and have quite enjoyed the interaction there.  I use it more for news consumption than for anything else.  Late last week however, I started getting a lot more mentions than usual.  It seems that I’m not the only Michael Duffy around!  I already knew of a few ot … [Read More...]

Respecting the Blessed Sacrament: A Model for those that are not in Communion with the Church

I was struck by this picture of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio at St. Patricks Cathedral during Communion yesterday.  It is clear from this picture Hizzoner has done his homework and knows how to be respectful to the Church's teachings.  While he was baptized a Catholic, Mayor DeBlasio does not practice th … [Read More...]

Video: Even Santa needs to pray

It's short, simple, and profound.  Even Santa needs to pray.  Make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament this Christmas Season to really celebrate the birth of Our Lord. … [Read More...]

Comfort Ye! Today’s first reading by Handel

Whenever I hear the reading from Isaiah that was proclaimed at Mass this weekend I can't help but think of Handel's Messiah.Watch the clip and never hear this reading the same again:Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to … [Read More...]

Maybe I don’t have to hate the person I disagree with online

Every so often a need arises to remind ourselves of what we are doing here on social media, on the internet, in the public sphere.  Having engaged in a number of discussions and witnessed a number of tirades on social media recently I am moved to think that today may be a good time for such a … [Read More...]

Gays not welcome, or not welcomed enough? Paragraph 55 from #Synod14

Paragraph 55 of the synod document released today didn't get the necessary 2/3s votes to pass.  This paragraph deals specifically with homosexuality.  Buzzfeed translates the Paragraph for us:55. Some families live the experience of having members who are of homosexual orientation. In this r … [Read More...]

The grace of Rome, the Synod’s opening Mass, and the electricity of the Holy Spirit

This was my fourth visit to Rome, but my first as a priest.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect, all I can say is that it was quite overwhelming.  I used part of my summer vacation to lead a pilgrimage to Lourdes and Rome and then to stay in Rome a few days with just some priest friends.  It was an i … [Read More...]

National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors to Meet on Long Island in Huge Conference!

While I was in seminary, I was blessed to be able to come to know an organization that does a tremendous amount of good behind the scenes for vocations.  The executive offices for NCDVD - the National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors were located in the building where I went to seminary. … [Read More...]