My Spiritual Home

As someone who attends college seven hours away, I always look forward to an opportunity to come home for a break. I love where I am, but there is something about the familiarity of home that provides refreshment and joy amidst the challenges each semester presents. Read More ››

Never doubt God’s power

Lately, I’ve been pondering an expression my Father used to have when it looked like the world as we knew it was spinning out of control.

He’d say “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” The older I got, the more convinced I became Read More ››

My Church Is Burning

Like many people around the world, particularly Catholics, I was greatly saddened by the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, “Our Lady” in Paris. As the fire was burning out of control, many French leaders commented about the importance the beautiful edifice had become to the Read More ››

Fire of Joy

Ferry Galbert, a seminarian at St. John Fisher Seminary, gave the following address at the Second Annual Rector’s Dinner on Saturday, May 18, which honored Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, founding rector of the seminary and pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, along with Read More ››

“This person knows God.”

“Go to Father Check – tell him I sent you. St. John Fisher Seminary – in Stamford. You know St. John Fisher Seminary?”

I extend my arms, palms upward, mock-exasperated: “Father, I teach there.”

Father laughs warmly. “That’s not a problem, not a problem. They won’t reject you Read More ››

Remembering Fr. John Baran

Once when Winston Churchill was told that journalists were declaring that by the year 2100, women would be ruling the world, his reply was quick. With a twinkle in his eye, he simply asked, “Still?”

Humor aside, it is a woman – a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Read More ››

God’s Timing is Perfect

“I’m not leaving.”

I sat beside my brother’s hospital bed.

My husband frowned. “What?” he said. “Nobody said anything about leaving.”

True.  Moments earlier, however, I’d mentally decided to check-out. Maybe it was a defense mechanism. Maybe I couldn’t handle the truth.

My brother, 33, was battling kidney failure. Jim Read More ››

Food Fast Helps Fight Against Hunger

NORWALK—On Saturday, February 23, St. Philip Church, in collaboration with local parishes andCatholic Relief Services, held its annual hunger awareness event “FoodFast – Be the Change” to help raise awareness and funds to eradicate World Hunger. As the title indicates, everyone was fasting for the entire Read More ››