Holy Father, I want to be a priest!

The Anchoress just posted again the story and video of Nathan telling Pope Francis that he wants to be a priest.  It’s incredible moving.  And its a story that is my own as well.  You see, the same thing has happened to me.  Twice.  The first time, it happened in October of 2002.  I was [Read More...]

Gifts of the priesthood – remembering Gramps.

One of the great blessings of being a priest is being able to offer Mass on the birthdays and anniversaries of family members who have died.  Today my Great-grandfather Richard would have been 103 years old.  I made a visit to his grave and left him some red roses – his favorite.  I also offered [Read More...]

My first anniversary as a priest – a year of blessings!

One year ago today I was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ by Bishop William Murphy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  I celebrated the 11am Mass this morning here in my parish with the parishioners and many friends and family present. I’ve told people that this year has been the best of my [Read More...]

Why I am a Catholic in less than 200 words: Holy Thursday

A perfect storm – Trying to come up with a homily for Holy Thursday evening and a post on why I am Catholic in less than 200 words.  Not until I sat down to prepare that homily did it all click.  It’s all because of Holy Thursday. I’m a Catholic first because God calls me [Read More...]

Living the Dream – National Vocations Awareness Week

This week is National Vocations Awareness Week and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Media Relations will be posting guest blogs by a young priest (ME!!) or religious January 15-19 at http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com. I was very happy to have been asked by the USCCB to write a little piece for this.  Things have been hectic here [Read More...]

New beginnings for the New Evangelization

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 [Read More...]


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