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 ››
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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 ››
Within a community, other than the comfort of our families and the security of our homes, little makes us more at ease than the familiarity of our neighbors. A local insurance rep tells us that “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” Television personality Mr. Read More ››
Editors Note: These comments were originally delivered by Helen Burland, Executive Director of St. Catherine Center for Special Needs on its 20th anniversary. They have been printed and posted here with her permission.
I am Helen Burland and I have the honor and privilege to serve Read More ››
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 ››
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 ››
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 ››
I sat in the hospital waiting room, waiting for inspiration. Well really, I was waiting for my dad to come out of surgery, but I thought inspiration might come, as it usually does at times like this. The faces around me looked tired and strained. I Read More ››
“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 ››