An interview with Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR was recently published on the NCRegister website.  It was quickly taken down, but not before it caused quite a stir.  The Huffington post and the NY Daily News both picked up on it.  Fr. Benedict is a remarkable priest – one that I’ve looked up to for many years.  His book on Fr. Gene Hamilton helped me decide to become a priest in the early days of discernment.  His comments to the NCRegister… Read more

The Church today celebrates the feast of St. Monica – mother of the great Saint Augustine.  Many of us know the story of Monica – a devout woman who desired nothing more than to see her son converted to Catholic-Christianity.  Through her prayers, tears, and example Augustine as we all know eventually converted and is today one of the great saints of our Church. I couldn’t help but think of Monica’s motherhood and her role in the life of her… Read more

From the NY Times “Recalling the Real Dog Day Afternoon’, 40 Years On.”  The story covers a harrowing experience of being taken hostage during a bank robbery 40 years ago in Brooklyn.  Ms. Goettisheim prayed for protection and felt she received it.  I wonder if in the last 40 years many of us lost this sentiment… She went home, put her navy suit and stockings in the wash, took a bath and put on a new set of clothes without… Read more

Deacon Greg brought it up here – pointing to a recent article in the Tablet.  Joanne McPortland wrote of her experiences in the confessions here. All this got me thinking.  I’m new at this.  Confessions.   It’s a beautiful thing.  I go between loving hearing them and dreading it… but not really.  I could never dread such a beautiful sacrament.  Such a beautiful encounter one has with Christ – which I am privy to as a priest. Hearing confessions can be… Read more

I’ve always loved politics – I even worked in politics during one of my summer breaks during college.  I love the back and forth, I love the debating, the exchange of ideas.  I love the way it can – when done well build us up as a country.  How rarely that happens anymore!  How often do we instead try to tear each other down.  The one up-manship is not only detracting from real issues but is hurting our relationship as… Read more

It’s amazing how a day in the life of a priest covers so many emotions.  This morning I attended the funeral of a brother priest – Msgr. Francis Midura, 67.  He died suddenly of a heart attack on July 30th.  He was a wonderful priest- a priest’s priest.  He was a beloved pastor – and a retired Colonel from the US Army. The turn out for him this morning was remarkable – dozens and dozens of priests showed up to pray for… Read more

America’s newest sweetheart has her head on straight. Missy Franklin won a gold medal in the women’s 100 backstroke final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She is the youngest member of the Women’s swimming team – she is just entering into her senior year of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora.  Speaking to the Denver Catholic Register, Missy said: “My experiences at Regis Jesuit have absolutely impacted my spiritual life, in so many ways. I am considering converting to… Read more

So in the midst of all the fun of launching a blog… parish duties call. One of the first things that strikes me as different between seminary and priesthood… beyond all the awesome stuff… is the lack of a schedule!  Parish Mass in the AM, possible funeral, but then an afternoon of… emptiness!  What to do??  It’s easy to do a whole lot of nothing – but I didn’t get ordained to be lazy.  Priesthood is for the go-getters.  We… Read more

53 days and counting.  I’ve been a priest for 53 days.  They have been some of the best days of my life. I get to wake up every morning and celebrate Holy Mass.  What could be better? What could be more moving that to stand in the person of Christ at the altar each and every day?  Priesthood is amazing!. I was ordained a priest on June 9th and was assigned by Bishop Murphy to the parish of St. Kilian in… Read more

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