Boy Bishop Tradition Revived

Today at St Joseph’s Catholic School (an the eve of the Feast of St Nicholas) we revived the medieval custom of the boy Bishop. An eighth grade member of our guild of servers was elected by his peers and became bishop for a day. The two runners up served as his canons. They processed at [Read More...]

Advent Retreat

I’ll be leading an Advent parish retreat at St Mark’s in Newberry, South Carolina tonight and tomorrow night starting at 6:30. I’ll be talking about four Advent characters; St Elizabeth, St John the Baptist, St Joseph and the Blessed Virgin, and linking each with a Christian virtue: hope, courage, purity and obedience. All are welcome! [Read more...]

Apostacy and Advent

The major problem in the church today is when Christians exchange the Divine and supernatural economy of redemption for an attempt to change the world. Many Catholics have forgotten that the Church is established for the forgiveness of sins and the proclamation of the gospel, and believe instead that the Church is here to make [Read More...]

A Question for Your Protestant Friends

Without Mary we would not have Jesus, so how can we expect to have Jesus without Mary? [Read more...]


Watched Emma the other evening. Somehow it doesn’t compare with Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility. I think it comes down to the script and direction.  Emma Thompson’s script and Ang Lee’s direction in Sense and Sensibility somehow retained the seriousness, depth and beauty of Austen’s original. The film version of Emma just didn’t come up to the same [Read More...]

Preaching the Word

When I first arrived at St Joseph’s one of the kids was asked what he thought of the new chaplain and he said, “He preaches like a Baptist.” I took it as a compliment….sort of. Anyway, you can judge for yourselves. I am thinking of making my homilies available through podcast, but before I invest [Read More...]