Sunday Reminiscing: Sister Clarissa and the Baltimore Catechism

Michael Smith

I admit it:  I'm a sucker for some good folk music.  And on my short list of favorites is Chicago-based singer-songwriter Michael Smith.As a child, Smith attended Catholic schools (Our Lady of the Valley and Our Lady of Sorrows), and the values-based education he received there colors his writing even today. An example of that: His sentimental ballad, Sister Clarissa.If you are a product of Catholic schools... if you love nuns... if you have a sentimental fondness for the '50s... … [Read more...]

Bishop Libasci, Named to Manchester, Remembers the Baltimore Catechism

Yesterday was a big day for the 300,000 Catholics in New Hampshire.  Pope Benedict XVI named Most Rev. Peter Anthony Libasci as the tenth bishop of Manchester.A New York native, Libasci has served since 2007 as Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  Bishop Libasci is bi-ritual—that is, he is able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Ruthenian Rite as well as in the more familiar Latin Rite.Bishop Libasci’s coat of arms will bear his motto “Arise and Walk.”  The … [Read more...]