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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 ››

Come, Follow Me

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 ››

Fly To Me

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 ››

Being a Christian First

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 ››

Who is on your list?

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 ››

Like a Good Neighbor…

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 ››

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 ››