February 11, 2014

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 now, Msgr. Andrzej was the director of the Office of Worship and Co-Chancellor of the Diocese. Andrzej, as he is known to all is a true gift to the Church.  He is a… Read more

February 5, 2014

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 whitewashes.  Take a look at this video the Brooklyn Tablet just uploaded. From The Tablet: The highlight of the church’s renovations is the new American saints and candidates for sainthood mural that… Read more

January 29, 2014

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.  We had enough chairs for 300 people.  We ran out.  We had about 350 show up.  Some were expected to be there – half of the 7th grade… Read more

January 20, 2014

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 celebrating his 90th birthday. Ad mutlos annos to Msgr. Georg Ratzinger! Click here to watch the video, It’s worth it! Read more

January 20, 2014

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 worked with quiet determination for many years. Through his influence many young Americans committed their lives to spreading Opus Dei’s message of finding and serving God in everyday life. With his death in… Read more

January 19, 2014

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 wasn’t fulfilled, the money didn’t complete him.  Ultimately he gave it all up, the bonuses and the high paying job to do something more with… Read more

January 16, 2014

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 importance of remaining close to the Lord, of not disconnecting ourselves from the Word of God, From Jesus, from prayer.  Christ must remain the center… Read more

January 14, 2014

The News.Va Facebook page posted this update that I thought was important to share. FALSE STATEMENTS ATTRIBUTED TO POPE FRANCIS Dear 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 to a number of issues, concerning the Bible’s content, the relations between religions, the renewal of the Church’s doctrine, and even the calling of an alleged “Third Vatican Council”, which are FALSE. These statements… Read more

January 11, 2014

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 we seek the Lord in prayer, then we are good priests even though we are sinners. “”We are anointed by the… Read more

January 5, 2014

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 hold, sure.  But know this, no one becomes a priest, gives up a natural family to wear red buttons.  I became a priest to… Read more


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