Saying Goodbye to my Dad, My Homily for his Funeral

Permit me to share with you the homily I preached at my father's funeral this morning:Holy Mother Church has been blessed with the example of Pope Francis these last three or so years. He has reminded us to never forget the downtrodden and especially the poor. Mother Theresa was famous for using her five fingers to remind us that whatsoever you do for the least of these brothers and sister of mine "you did it to me".I was blessed to have in my father a man who never forgot the poor. Not … [Read More...]

Guest Post: A Seminarian Reflects on the Vocation to Love

This week, the Church celebrates National Vocation Awareness week*.Here below is a post written by Louis Cona, a Pre-Theologian for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.“I saw and realized that love sets off the bounds of all vocations, that love is everything, that this same love embraces every time and every place. In one word, that love is everlasting.”- Saint Thérèse of LisieuxOur vocations are about only one thing: love. Vocation, which comes from the Latin word “vocare,” means “to ca … [Read More...]

This priest auditions for X-Factor Australia and stuns everyone!

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Want to prepare for the Papal visit? Watch this!

Friends, don't miss this remarkable video "Pope Francis - The Man" with Cardinal Dolan and Fr. Matt Malone from America Media.  It's a tremendous way to get hyped and prepared for the visit of the Holy Father to our country! … [Read More...]

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 Ch … [Read More...]

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 c … [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...]