USCCB on Shutdown: Time to Listen to the Bishops


Out this morning from the Office of Media Relations at the United States Council of Bishops is a strongly worded statement from Sister Mary Ann Walsh which details the USCCB’s current position with respect to the government shutdown: As the government shutdown continues, it may be time to listen to another body – the U.S. [Read More...]

National Council of Catholic Women Event Successful


I wanted to share the following article about this year’s National Council of Catholic Women convention, held recently in Florida. I’ve been to this conference in the past and it is always invigorating to be around so many terrific, holy women. This year’s participants were treated to some fantastic speakers, including Patheos’ own Pat Gohn. [Read More...]

Video: Pope Francis Meets with Cardinal Dolan and USCCB Leadership

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From Rome Reports, we have some terrific firsthand footage of Pope Francis’ meeting today with Cardinal Dolan and the leadership of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops: In attendance with Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop of Louisville Joseph Kurtz, the Archbishop of Seattle Peter Sartain, and the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Michael Bransfield. My favorite aspect of [Read More...]

Venerable Fulton Sheen “Servant of All” Documentary

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A Facebook invitation I was thoroughly sad to decline due to distance beckoned me to a Toronto screening of “Servant of All” on the life of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It’s a great reminder to share with you the trailer for the new documentary: This preview is for the powerful new one-hour documentary, “Archbishop Fulton [Read More...]

California Bishops Visit San Quentin, Death Row with Sr. Helen Prejean


From the website of the California Catholic Conference, a fascinating article on the recent visit by nine bishops (including mine!) to California’s “Death Row”. The article (excerpted here) is a great look at the Bishops’ pastoral interaction with inmates: Just past the canteen, down a small alley enveloped in shadow and behind two sets of [Read More...]

Catholic Military Spouse Weighs in on Government Shutdown


I have an upcoming visit to a mom’s group that meets regularly at their military installation. All of them are married to heroes who daily serve our country. I’m truly honored that they would invite me to meet and pray with them. So Liz and her fellow moms were some of the first souls I [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 10/4/13: The Francis Edition


Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (, we’ve got a full recap of all of this week’s most important action both online and around the world. Before we jump into the tweets, here’s a lovely musical moment from Sarah McLachlan to celebrate St. Francis’ feast day: Papal Tweet: “Do we [Read More...]

CNS: Catholics Decry Government Shutdown

A telling video from Catholic News Service: [Read more...]

Google Doodle’s Shutdown Irony

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I live in the shadow of Yosemite National Park. It’s honestly pure evidence of God’s amazing glory. So today, on Yosemite’s 123 birthday, it’s truly sad that her doors are shuttered due to the federal government shutdown: At least Google is marking the occasion with a special doodle: A question for you: What are you [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 9/28/13: Getting Our Hands Dirty to Help


Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (, we’ve got a full recap of all of this week’s most important action both online and around the world. Papal Tweet: “True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.” (Pope [Read More...]