Emergency Help Needed to Support Philippine Typhoon Victims

Friends, please join me today in not only praying for, but also actively supporting our brothers and sisters in the Philippines who are suffering in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Our friends at Catholic Relief Services are on the ground and rallying support and needed resources for those suffering from the monster storm: Catholic Relief [Read More...]

M23 Rebels End Rebellion in Congo

Big news from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as reported by the New York Times: On Tuesday, the rebels, known as M23, announced that they were ending the 20-month rebellion that had brought renewed instability, uncertainty and conflict to the eastern part of Congo. After suffering a string of recent defeats, the group’s chairman, Bertrand [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #13: Interview about #CRSEgan Rwanda Trip is Online

Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Just in case you don’t wake up at the crack of dawn on Thursday mornings to listen to the Sonrise Morning Show with Brian Patrick, you can catch the interview that I did yesterday about our Rwanda trip with Catholic Relief Services online at the CRS Newswire [Read More...]

Do I Contribute to Modern Slavery? Vatican Seminar to Address Critical Issues

Out today from the Vatican is news of a seminar being held November 2nd and 3rd, jointly organized by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (F.I.A.M.C.). Titled “Trafficking in human beings: modern slavery. Destitute peoples and the message of Jesus Christ” will take on a [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #11: SILC, Strategic Support and a Celebration

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. While my body is officially back home in Fresno, California today, my heart and mind remain torn between this place and the green hills of Rwanda, half a world away. Over the next few weeks, I will continue to share my reactions to the experience I’ve enjoyed [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #10: A Bishop, A Bashed Nose, Goodies and Experts

Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. First of all, please accept my apologies for the abbreviated post yesterday. While the hotel we stayed in — the Centre Saint Andre owned by the Diocese of Kabgayi in the Muhanga district was beautiful, the Internet connectivity (and the hot water — as my photos will [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #9: Holy Mass, Coffee Growers, Genocide Memorial and Our Lady of Kibeho

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Mass, Our Lady of Wisdom, Diocese of Butare This day started with an early wake up call — we were off to Mass bright and early at Our Lady of the Miracles, the Cathedral in the Diocese of Butare. As a gift to our group, our celebrant [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #8: Grief, Forgiveness, New Friendships and Selfies

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Today’s journal entry is going to be exceptionally short. While the day was filled with amazing memories, I am operating on three hours sleep (too much Rwandan coffee yesterday!) and less than ideal working conditions. My “office” tonight has me perched on the edge of the bathtub [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #7: CRS Rwanda, Episcopal Conference & Kigali Memorial Centre

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. The more time I spend in Rwanda, the more I see it as an amazing place of both contradictions and of consistencies. Permit me to ponder this for a few moments before I recap today’s amazing highlights. First: contradictions. This came to my mind today when a [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #6: Arriving in Kigali, Rwanda

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Greetings from Kigali, the capital city of the country of Rwanda and our first destination after a very long day of travel. Praise be to God, our flights were completely uneventful. After a four hour layover in Ethiopia, I hit “the wall” — the lack of sleep [Read More...]


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