Last week, I had the opportunity to welcome over 850 of our teachers and administrators back to school at our 2017 Diocesan Convocation for Catholic School Educators. In my address to those in attendance, I talked about the interwoven nature of our Catholic Identity and Academics. Read More ››
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This August I attended a retreat in Centerburg, Ohio, called School of the New Evangelization (SNE) hosted by Saint Paul’s Outreach (SPO). SPO is an organization that equips college students to build “evangelistic communities that provide a unique quality and depth of formation in the Catholic Read More ››
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with this time of the year. On the one hand, I love the crispness of the air, the coolness of the nights, pumpkin spice flavored things, apple picking, and college football. On the other, I always hated that summer was Read More ››
“Who do you say that I am?” Such a powerful question coming from Our Lord today in the Gospel. Met with confusion over who this Jesus is, many people murmured about Him. So Christ asked His closest followers who the crowds said He was, He asked Read More ››
The first Sundays of my life were spent in the pews of Saint Joseph’s Church in Brookfield. It was here that I first saw Jesus, in the coloring pages of our children’s booklets. And as I started CCD, I heard His name in Christian songs. And Read More ››
A mother, out of love for her daughter, goes out of her way to find her daughter help, for she is tormented by demons, the Gospel tells us. Met with dismissiveness from the Apostles, she begs the Lord to intervene in her daughter’s life, humbling herself Read More ››
The most powerful thing about the Camino de Santiago is what it teaches you about yourself. Along this ancient route, pilgrims walk to the city of Compostela in northwestern Spain where the bones of the apostle St. James are buried. As I walked The Way with Read More ››
What is your “walking on the water” moment? Sounds like a shocking question, but I promise it makes some sense in light of today’s Gospel. The Apostles are on a boat being rocked by a storm when the Lord comes walking on the water, in the Read More ››
We were never meant to fear death. It was never God’s intention that we be afraid to die. This fear comes from a lack of trust in God, like the lack of trust that our first parents experienced. Yet, just as we turn to Our Blessed Read More ››
God’s love is abundant.
Something tells me this isn’t news to anyone, because we hear tales of God’s love constantly in our pews and in our lives. But do we actually believe this? Do we actually, in the depths of our hearts, believe God the Father’s words Read More ››
I was raised Southern Baptist, with my paternal grandfather, 4 uncles and 7 cousins all being Southern Baptist ministers. So I grew up with all the typical rumors and fears of the Catholic Church.
But, in college, I had a roommate who was very Catholic and attended Read More ››
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Steubenville NYC, a conference for teens hosted by the Franciscan University of Steubenville and Life Teen. Every year, they host over twenty “Steubie Conferences” all over the country that are centered around living out the faith as Read More ››
Following the Convocation of Catholic Leaders I began thinking that I should excuse myself from any church leadership role because the emphasis was on revitalizing the church through its members emerging into adulthood. And I am nearly three quarters of a century old.
Although I have the Read More ››
This past May, I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia with Catholic Relief Services, as part of a group of youth ministry leaders to experience the work they are doing. CRS serves the poorest of the poor in over 100 countries and part of my Read More ››
This past year, I have had the incredible opportunity to serve with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. FOCUS exists as a response to Pope St. John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization, a call to reach out to those who have fallen away Read More ››
The story goes that when Jesus arrived in Heaven after the Resurrection, the angels welcomed Him with great song and praise, congratulating Him on completing His mission. One angel asked, “Lord, now that you have given salvation to the world and formed your church, what happens Read More ››
It is a sobering realization to recognize that I stand on the verge of ordination to the priesthood, a moment for which I had so often hoped and for which I can never hope to be worthy. I can only say what an honor and privilege Read More ››
There is a centuries-old aphorism, sometimes attributed to St. Teresa of Avila, that states, “God writes straight with crooked lines.” The great movements in our lives very rarely follow a straight course. When I reflect upon the journey that has led me to Holy Orders it Read More ››
As my classmates and I processed into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on graduation day, I couldn’t help but think back to the Class of 2017’s Convocation ceremony where we were welcomed into the community that would become our home away Read More ››
The progression of readings on Pentecost is quite beautiful for a modern-day listener. We live in a world that expresses and promotes individuality – what a beautiful thing! The recognition of one’s unique, irreplaceable role in history, one’s dignity, is pivotal; this comes from his or Read More ››
Christ gathered his disciples around him, and after Christ blessed them, he ascended into heaven. Imagine what this might have been like for the disciples. They had recently witnessed His glorious resurrection after His brutal death. Now, Christ is leaving them. Why? I’m not sure any Read More ››
My father was the one who introduced me to Mary. Every day on the way to school, we would pray the Rosary. It is a tradition I came to cherish and have sought to maintain as a parent. Even though the children now take a bus Read More ››
C.S. Lewis, reflecting on his own prayer, once said, “I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face, questions die away. What other answer would suffice?”
“I know, now, Lord.” Lewis refers to “now” because he, like most of Read More ››
It happened so fast. “For Pete’s sake,” he said, “some homeless guy just came in here for food! I’m keeping an eye on him.” Internally, I was registering this complaint and scowling back. The words that followed flew from my mouth, “Imagine that concept! A homeless Read More ››
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”(Mt 5:7)
As a child of God living in the 21st Century, I am a witness of difference: in race, skin color, sex, gender, politics, and religion. All these differences unfortunately have led to conflict, have led many ultimately Read More ››
I am often amazed at what Hollywood can do with some of the special effects in the movies created these days. While sitting in the theatre, it is easy to feel as if we are transported to a place that doesn’t truly exist while speaking to Read More ››
In the Gospel for today, it is said that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were “fearful, yet overjoyed” (Mt 28:8) upon realizing that Christ had risen from the dead, and went to go tell his disciples.
In light of the Resurrection, which we celebrated yesterday on Read More ››
A few years ago, when I was in seminary, I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It’s one of the most extraordinary places I’ve ever been. During our visit to Jerusalem I got up very early one Read More ››
It’s Holy Saturday and our Lenten pilgrimage is coming to a close. If you have not been able to live out all your aspirations for a deeper spiritual connection with Jesus it’s still not too late. Holy Mother Church gives us one more opportunity to enter Read More ››
What a paradoxical phrase “Good Friday” can be for some of us, considering what we commemorate today: the brutal, bloody death of Jesus Christ. But today isn’t just a day of somber remembrance; it’s also an occasion of hopeful anticipation and deep gratitude.
As Christians, we find Read More ››
We’ve finally made it. It’s the Triduum! These next three days are some of the most powerful, sacred days in our calendar. These are the days when our salvation was accomplished by Our Lord and Savior on the Cross! “But before his arms were outstretched between Read More ››
Consider Jesus in the Agony in the Garden. Weighed down with fear and anxiety, crippled with weariness and pain, He puts Himself in the one place where He can find true rest: the embrace of the Father in prayer. And Jesus cries out to the heart Read More ››
In today’s Gospel, we hear Saint John’s account of Judas’s early departure from the Last Supper. Saint John remarks that, “After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.” Judas was tempted by the devil to derail the plan for salvation. In Blessed John Henry Newman’s Mediations Read More ››
And so we enter into Holy Week. Yesterday, we celebrated Our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, greeting Him with palms, excitement, and joy! But today, we hear of the Lord’s servant who, like a “lamb led to the slaughter” (Is 53:7), did not cry out, who Read More ››
Each day, two desires contest with each other within us. The first is a desire for satisfaction, in a selfish way. The second is a desire for purification, in a humble way.
Every instinct of our fallen human nature rebels against the idea of purification. To the Read More ››
Somehow we find ourselves in the fifth week of Lent, just days away from the start of Holy Week. At this point in the season, some of us are feeling worn down by our Lenten sacrifices and commitments, while others are regretting the resolutions we didn’t Read More ››
“and Jesus wept…”
Jesus, upon finding that his friend Lazarus died, wept. He didn’t just feel a solitary tear roll down his cheek; he didn’t just feel sad; he didn’t just cry. Jesus wept. The Son of God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity wept over Read More ››
As with any journey we may be on, whether a holiday trip, a much-needed vacation with family and friends, or a shopping excursion that promises to give us the best deal, we may tend to ask the question, “Are we there yet?” The same can be Read More ››
“So you just…sit in your office and tweet all day?”
I have worked for the Diocese of Bridgeport for more than two wonderful years, serving an incredible Bishop, and reporting on events with enormous spiritual significance, yet I must hear this quote once a day. I don’t Read More ››
Here are the things that have consumed my heart and mind in the last week: shop; finish talk outlines; do last minute prep for our Life Teen Winter Retreat with 30 teens and 10 leaders; organize our Life Teen Pancake Dinner that feeds about 50-60 families Read More ››
St. John Chrysostom in the 4th century preached, “Whenever…you see a poor believer, imagine that you behold an altar. Whenever you meet a beggar, don’t insult him, but reverence him.” Spiritually speaking, the poor person becomes a living altar on which we can offer our charitable Read More ››
When I was maybe eight or nine, I gave up TV for Lent. At the time, it seemed nearly impossible, and I was proud of challenging myself.
One Lenten evening, my family gathered in our living room to watch TV. Since I had given it up, I Read More ››
Growing up in a Catholic family, Lent was not particularly my favorite time of year. The idea of giving up something that I like was rather harsh in my eyes. But as I’ve grown up, the true meaning of Lent has started to become more apparent Read More ››
February 5th was the BIG Day. It was SUPER BOWL Sunday. It was the opportune moment for family gatherings and fun times even if the favorite team did not reach our expectations.
So, let’s try some Monday morning quarter backing in a rather different sphere. February, with Read More ››
As was Jewish Law, 40 days after the birth of a male child, the mother was to present the child in the Temple along with a lamb for a burnt offering to God and a turtle dove or pigeon for a purification offering. At the time, Read More ››
I’m often asked how I keep my faith life alive and well in college. The answer is quite simple…I try.
I don’t particularly know if there is an answer, a secret to keeping faith alive in college. However, I do know that I just try to keep Read More ››
Another year has concluded and most of us barely crawled across the finish line. Reflecting on 2016, it was a wild ride full of ups and downs. But we would not have been able to make it through if it was not for the grace of Read More ››
With the Baptism of the Lord, we arrive at the end of the Christmas Season, a time marked by the tender love and humility of God who became man in the poverty of a stable in Bethlehem to be with us always and save us. These Read More ››
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage. (Matthew 2:1-2)
Epiphany is the feast where Read More ››