Nearly a decade ago, for many different reasons and circumstances, I decided to embark in a whole new direction in a career as a full-time chaplain in healthcare, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. I remember being tremendously excited as well as terrified leaving all that I Read More ››
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Many of us have heard about a pacemaker. It is a medical device implanted near one’s heart to regulate heartbeats. However, there is also a place-maker. Her name is Mary. When Almighty God, our heavenly Father, according to His divine plan, decided to send His Son Read More ››
So, what is a deacon anyway? What’s the difference between a priest and a deacon? How long have there been deacons? Are there deacons because there is a shortage of priests?
These are just some of the questions that I’ve heard in the past about being a Read More ››
The term “social media” has often baffled me. I remember my parents going to the church “social” with our neighbors, and my younger brother being called the “social” one after walking into a room of strangers and leaving with ten friends. I always associated that term Read More ››
My friends and I started a young adult group called Catholic Adventures in May of 2018 and due to the success of our initiatives (praise God!), I began to prayerfully discern how we could evangelize the wider Stamford community (not just young adults). I expressed this Read More ››
It took me a while to fully understand this longing I had deep within me. It was a longing for Christ and to be spiritually fed. But it was also a longing for community. To find like-minded people who felt the same as me and wanted Read More ››
Most of us will at times (possibly multiple times) find ourselves in situations of great anxiety and uncertainty — perhaps even fear — about the future. The causes may be financial or medical, employment-related or otherwise, and may come singly or as a “package deal.” Whatever Read More ››
The 2019 Annual Lay Carmelite Retreat was held at Enders Island in Mystic, Connecticut on the weekend of June 21-23. Forty-five retreatants from communities throughout Connecticut and New York enjoyed four conferences on “The Psalms” presented by Father Francis Amodio, O. Carm., Provincial Delegate for the Read More ››
I recently was asked to participate in a senior executive level panel discussion on best advice for job seekers in the current economy. Not because I am any kind of an expert on that topic, but because over the years I have had the chance to Read More ››
Master and Teacher,
Bless the students who will have trouble settling down this week, whose minds are still at the beach or at grandma’s swimming pool, or the amusement park or soccer camp.
Bless those who sit nervously in class: those who are new in school and those Read More ››
He was eighteen. He was just eighteen. He was outgoing and generous, an athlete, a scholar and a volunteer. He could have been my child, my student, my neighbor. He was someone’s child, student, neighbor. And he was my daughter’s friend.
When the news flew over social Read More ››
My little ones, my birds, my praises sing,
My glory shines from each suspended wing.
The birds are children of the light,
gayly singing, dawn ‘til night.
And safely sleep, no fear have they,
I feed and shelter them each day.
The birds of prey are children of the night,
In silence do Read More ››
“Hail Mary, full of grace…,” so went my prayer as I walked up and down the rows and aisles of the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, sprinkling holy water and salt along with each seat. As a member of the Prayer Team for Steubenville East, I Read More ››
The following homily was delivered by Deacon Paul Kurmay, of St. Mark Parish in Stratford on July 28, 2019.
They say that one should never talk about politics or religion in polite company. Well, I guess I am going to be very impolite since I will be Read More ››
I am in the Holy Land this week with a group of young adults. We have visited Nazareth and arrived today in Bethlehem. Our visit today to the house of St. Peter and the seaside town of Capernaum reminded me of the card in my wallet.
This Read More ››