Hail to the Chief

Some three years ago, we seminarians in Huntington threw a party for the surprise election of then-Archbishop Dolan as the president of the USCCB.  As far as excuses go for throwing a party, it was a pretty good one!  There was food, prosecco to toast the new Prez, Häagen-Dazs ice cream and Dunkin Donuts – the [Read More...]

Titles and Cassocks and Vestments, oh my!

Fr. Dan Horan, for whom I have tremendous respect, has written a new article for America magazine titled “Lead us not into clericalism.”  It’s well written and I agree with most of it.  Pope Francis himself, as Fr. Dan points out, has condemned clericalism.  I do, too.  There is no place in the Church for [Read More...]

Wherein Andrew Sullivan Inspires Me

Andrew Sullivan is a popular blogger and commentator with whom I find myself disagreeing at times.  Recently though, I have been moved by his comments and expressions of admiration for Pope Francis.  Today, he wrote a post about being Christian vs. Christianist.  Make sure to go read the entire post.  Below are two quotes that [Read More...]

Antonin Scalia, Catholic

Justice Antonin Scalia sat for an interview with nymag.com.  The result is some of the most entertaining reading I’ve done in a long time.  Justice Scalia, whose son is a Priest speaks at length about his Catholic faith.  He speaks in a delightful tone and with remarkable clarity on the faith.  see below the excerpts [Read More...]

Blessing of Animals at St. Kilian’s

Today is a favorite feast day of mine.  I took Francis as my confirmation name back in 2001 and have always had a special devotion.  I was thrilled to be able to bless the animals at my parish this afternoon. We had a great turn out, almost double of last year.  We saw birds, some [Read More...]

Finding answers in the mountains and solace in the confessional

Take a look at this remarkably powerful conversion story and testimony to the goodness of God’s mercy found in the confessional.  The mountainscape makes me think of Blessed John Paul II as a young priest. The story: In the proposition of a 21st century life’s journey, how often do we Americans stop to appreciate a [Read More...]

Beautiful vestments, grace and the priesthood

My blogging neighbor, Leah Libresco sets out to review Gary Wills’ book on the priesthood “Why Priests? A Failed Tradition”.  I haven’t read the book, But I’ve heard enough about it and him to know that I don’t want to. Leah addresses Wills’ critique of vestments: A priest doesn’t vest to draw attention to himself, [Read More...]

Sr. Joan on the papacy in a new key

I had the pleasure of knowing Sr. Joan Roccasalvo, C.S.J. while I did my undergraduate studies at Fordham University.  She is a remarkable woman with a great love for the Church.  Her article on Pope Francis is something new and fascinating. When composers begin a new work, they choose a key that will suit an overall [Read More...]

The Papal Interview – an Invitation of Joy and Love

I”ll be speaking at a Faith on Tap event here on Long Island on Monday.  The topic for the evening is “Living the joy that comes from knowing and following Christ …. The Center of the New Evangelization.”  Its quite a wide ranging topic.  Well, it seems it just because even wider and more intense. [Read More...]

On Eagle’s Wings. Literally!

Apparently someone thought to attach a GoPro video camera to the back of an eagle.  The incredible video is found below.  The words of the popular funeral song “On Eagles wings” will never be the same again! [Read more...]


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