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When A Seminarian Dies

My heart has been heavy these past few days after hearing of the death of a young seminarian from North Carolina.  Twenty year old Michael Kitson died on early on Divine Mercy Sunday after having gone to confession and served Holy Mass Saturday evening.  His funeral Mass was held earlier today at St. Ann church in Charlotte.  The homily was delivered by Michael's pastor, Fr. Timothy Reid and is well worth a watch below.  I grieve for the Kitson family, for Michael's parish family, for his dio … [Read More...]

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Unexpectedly shaven for St. Baldrick’s

I went to show my support and say a prayer and offer a blessing.Then things got crazy.  The organizers of the local St. Baldrick's event wanted to know if I would have my head shaved.  Absolutely not I said.  Then, they asked, what if they raised $1,000 cash.  With a bar full of people looking on, how could I say now.  I wasn't really sure they could do it.  In FIFTEEN minutes they had the cash on hand, and the rest is history.I'm happy to have been a part of such a good event.Now, wh … [Read More...]

A New Auxiliary Bishop for Rockville Centre!

This morning it was made public that the Holy Father, Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski, [pronounced "Anjay Skley-chev-ski"] 52, to be an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He was also assigned by the Holy Father to be the Titular Bishop of Nicives.Until n … [Read More...]

A Cathedral grows in Brooklyn

The Diocese of Brooklyn, the mother diocese of my own, has undertaken an extensive renovation of their new Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.  This renovation places Catholic art work and artisanship at the center.  It proves to all that beautiful churches can still be built or renovated.  No more wh … [Read More...]

CATHOLICISM Captivates!

On Monday evening my parish’s Adult Faith Formation committee hosted the first episode of Fr. Robert Barron’s CATHOLICISM series.  It was a fantastic success.  We turned the auditorium into a movie theatre - popcorn and all.  We priests spoke about it at all the Masses, I even tied it into my homily … [Read More...]

New Video: Inside Pope-Emeritus Benedict’s residence

Check out this incredible video.  It is to my knowledge the first time we've ever really seen anything beyond the chapel of Pope Emeritus' Benedict XVI's private residence.  It is in German, but the images are remarkable.  The video features both Pope Benedict and his brother Georg who was ce … [Read More...]

VIDEO: Everyday Holiness: The Life of Fr. Joseph Muzquiz

From http://www.josephmuzquiz.org: In 1949 Fr. Joseph, a young Spanish priest, arrived in Chicago to start Opus Dei’s activities in the United States. He spoke little English, had only a few dollars in his pocket, and Opus Dei was almost totally unknown.  But, encouraged by St. Josemaría Escrivá, he … [Read More...]

For the Love of Money: The NY Times prompts me to reflect on money

In Sunday’s edition of The New York Times Review an article appeared titled “For the Love of Money.”  It is an article written by a former Wall Street trader who had given come to see his desire from more money as an addition, a wealth addiction.  After millions of dollars in salary and bonuses he wa … [Read More...]

Pope Francis: Scandal should cost us.

Pope Francis this morning gave an incredibly powerful homily on the scandals that have plagued the church.  While not mentioning them by name he went so far as to say that it was good that they have cost the church money.  Scandal should cost, should be a source of shame.  He again tells us the im … [Read More...]

Vatican Clarifies False Statements Attributed to Pope Francis

The News.Va Facebook page posted this update that I thought was important to share. FALSE STATEMENTS ATTRIBUTED TO POPE FRANCISDear friends, we have been notified by many readers that there are stories currently circulating all over the Internet spreading statements by Pope Francis with regard … [Read More...]

Pope Francis gives to priests an examination of conscience: Don’t be Smarmy!

Pope Francis this morning gave a sort of examination of conscience to priests in his morning homily.It is a powerful reminder to me and to each of my brothers of the need to stay close to Jesus.He reminds us that each of us has limits, we are each sinners.  But if we go to Jesus Christ, if … [Read More...]

An ancient call to be witness – A beautiful homily on monsignors

A lot has been said in the last day about Pope Francis' reform of the naming of monsignors.  I don't really have an opinion either way on the new reform.  I think it was a nice custom and a nice honor for the individual priest and for his parish and diocese.  Could clericalism and careerism take ho … [Read More...]

Joining Fr. Barron and Fr. Morris on In The Arena

A few weeks ago I was asked by my friend, Msgr. Kieran Harrington to appear on his radio talk show In The Arena.   Msgr Kieran is Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn. He also serves as the President and Chairman of DeSales Media Group, a full-service media company that includes NET N … [Read More...]

Praying for and to the great Sister Margaret

I came across this great picture from 2001, from Pentecost Sunday, when I was confirmed.  I am pictured immediately following the Mass with Sister Margaret Quinn, CSJ.She was the person that prepared me for confirmation, one on one.  I think in a lot of ways, she also prepared me for ordination m … [Read More...]


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