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Greg Kandra
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Deacon Greg Kandra is a Roman Catholic deacon serving the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. A veteran broadcast journalist, Deacon Greg worked for 26 years as a writer and producer for CBS News in both New York and Washington. He has been honored with every major award in broadcasting, including two George Foster Peabody Awards, two Emmy Awards, and four awards from the Writers Guild of America. Follow Deacon Greg on Twitter and Facebook

Works by Greg Kandra
Smacking You into Sainthood
Greg Kandra | June 07, 2011
Forty years or so ago, Confirmation in the Catholic Church involved receiving a slight......
What Does the Marriage Want?
Greg Kandra | May 17, 2011
In forgetting that a marriage creates "one flesh," we may weaken our ability to weather......
The Ordination at Dachau
Greg Kandra | November 19, 2010
Christ showed us The Way of sacrificial love, and countless have followed, including......
Corapi's 10 Percent Solution
Greg Kandra | June 21, 2011
In his first audio broadcast, John Corapi said the sacramental life was only 10 percent......
Katie Couric: What Went Wrong?
Greg Kandra | May 24, 2011
A former writer at CBS news remembers Katie Couric's debut at the Anchor Desk -- the......
Seven minutes to turn a heart; how one Catholic deacon prepares and preaches a Sunday......
You. Did. This. To. Me.
Greg Kandra | August 10, 2010
Remember those five words. Count them on your fingers. And then, find a way to make them......
A Crying Shame
Greg Kandra | August 02, 2011
A church with a crying baby is a church that is alive, with a promise of tomorrow....
Between the Crucifix and the Pews
Greg Kandra | November 01, 2011
Imagine walking for miles, stopping overnight to sleep, in order to attend mass -- and......
Underground Prayer
Greg Kandra | May 10, 2011
Subways are mysterious; they shouldn't work, but they do. And sometimes their mysteries......
What Catholics Don't Know
Greg Kandra | February 23, 2011
Catholics may not know what they don't know, but they know enough to embrace mystery,......
No Flip-Flops in the King's House
Greg Kandra | July 26, 2011
Sometimes it seems like Catholics dress better to go to a restaurant than to take......
I Spy
Greg Kandra | April 19, 2011
What is Spy Wednesday, and what does Judas's betrayal of Jesus have to do with us?...
Bracing for "The Week That Was"
Greg Kandra | April 12, 2011
We find the work of Lent culminating in the worry and wonder of Holy Week; seven days......
Bless This House
Greg Kandra | April 26, 2011
The days after Easter bring a spate of house-blessings -- a spark of newness, and "extra......
The Beads
Greg Kandra | October 09, 2012
If you haven't used your Rosary in a little while, the Year of Faith is an opportunity......
Good As New: Understanding Reconciliation
Greg Kandra | March 15, 2011
In confession, we name what we are -- proud, greedy, lustful, petty, selfish, untruthful......
Citizens of a World on Fire
Greg Kandra | March 18, 2011
We believe in beginning again. We believe in something better to come: redemption, and......
All Things New
Greg Kandra | February 16, 2011
This place of suffering and hardship and want is also a place of unending possibility.......
The Writing on the Wall
Greg Kandra | May 31, 2011
Projecting hymns on a church wall excludes the near-sighted and the stiff-necked, and it......
Don't Let Christmas Steal Your Advent!
Greg Kandra | December 01, 2010
Jesus is coming. But until he comes, we wait, and watch, and wonder, and pray....
The Future Priest: Married with Children?
Greg Kandra | July 19, 2010
The Church will eventually have married priests, for reasons that are as much pastoral......
Black Box: My Week Without TV
Greg Kandra | March 02, 2011
When the laugh track of one's life is lost, one rediscovers a new normalcy that is......
Ashes: What We Wear
Greg Kandra | March 09, 2011
We are a culture obsessed with labels and branding. This Ash Wednesday, what labels you?......
The Splash of Recognition
Greg Kandra | April 05, 2011
Beyond the water and the tears, the flashing cameras and ritual, the Rite of Baptism,......
In the Weiner's Circle
Greg Kandra | June 14, 2011
A constituent and neighbor of the beleaguered congressman on how the neighborhood is......
What We Save
Greg Kandra | February 16, 2011
Leaving a job brings one face-to-face with one's own tidbits and trivia. While that may......
For Fans of Francis: The Books on Bergoglio
Greg Kandra | May 17, 2013
Pope Francis has already been very good for the publishing industry....
Communion Rails: Restoring a Sense of the Sacred
Greg Kandra | January 14, 2013
Would a change of posture at Holy Communion help to sharpen our perspective, as well?...
Out of Iraq: Blood and Forgiveness
Greg Kandra | November 15, 2010
We shouldn't deceive ourselves. The life of the Christian is a life of sacrifice. It is......
Praying for Geraldine
Greg Kandra | March 29, 2011
When "pro-choice" Catholic politicians die, some would deny them a Catholic funeral. But......
Father Who? Why Corapi Matters
Greg Kandra | March 23, 2011
What seemed "The Most Important Story in the Catholic Universe" to some is causing nary......
The Brave New World of Friendship
Greg Kandra | July 05, 2011
Thanks to Facebook, many of us have more friends than we know. But how can thousands of......
Ten Years Later
Greg Kandra | September 08, 2011
A decade after 9/11, we live in a perpetual 9/12, waiting for the next shoe to drop,......