Category Archives: Ministry

Keeping The Faith on Campus

Kevin O’Brien, SJ, has a brief, thoughtful, and helpful piece in the WaPo. Those going off to college this time of year are in the midst of the most significant transition of their lives. Academically, these high school graduates will … Continue reading

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Facing Others in Ministry

I was reading an excellent article in the journal Emmanuel by Father Michael L. Gaudoin-Parker. As I was reading “Preaching: Facing the Other: St Peter-Julian Eymard’s Approach” it struck me how apt the notion of facing people serves the deepest … Continue reading

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What Inspires Vocations, Joy or Grim?

One of the most frequent words used in papal homilies the past few months is “joy.” How will that play out in the years to come? Positively, I suspect. CARA notes that the number of American permanent deacons rises. The … Continue reading

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Pass the Coin

The BBC picks up on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s efforts to reach out online. This see was the origin of that “original hipster” campaign if you recall. What do you think? Just another fad? Or have our sister and brother Catholics … Continue reading

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Sacraments for the Divorced and Remarried

People have been hyperventilating about Pope Francis not judging gays of good will, but I thought the most heartening comment from his informal presser touched on the issue of many of my friends and parishioners. Apparently, this is not a … Continue reading

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Rochester Memories

It was interesting to return from retreat and see a ten-month-old thread revitalized. I confess and own getting rankled about criticism of others I perceive to be unfair or needlessly insulting. I also see I promised future reflections on my … Continue reading

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Bound For Disappointment

Cardinal Walter Kasper weighs in on the punditry surrounding Pope Francis. “Many will be disappointed in Francis,” he said, surmising that the so-called conservative branch already feels let down “because he doesn’t have the intellectual heft of Benedict and then … Continue reading

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Caution on the Purity Culture

Some months ago, a campus ministry colleague from another diocese was sharing with me a later life “insight” from a former student I found somewhat troubling. It came to mind when I was reading this Catherine Woodiwiss piece in Sojourners. The … Continue reading

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Worthy Woman At Creighton

I didn’t mention the family’s day trip to Omaha last week. I had intended to blog about it. There were a few humorous bits to share. My spiritual director and I have been discussing a possible continuing shift in ministry. … Continue reading

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Christian Complicity

Do we Christians hog-tie ourselves when it comes to engaging non-believers? Stephen Bullivant discusses at America last month. His short article focuses on one thing, faith. It seems timely this is the same topic of this year’s papal encyclical. “Christian Complicity” scratches the … Continue reading

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Whither Sunday?

Rita Ferrone offers an excellent essay on Sunday at PrayTell. I would like to offer a few branch-off thoughts. 1 In my first campus ministry assignment we had a discussion and discernment opportunity about the Mass schedule. The choice was presented … Continue reading

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Can Children Expect to Have Certain Rights?

I was reading Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s statement about the US Supreme Court striking down DOMA this morning. CNS cited Francis X. Rocca’s conversation with him: He said the effect of the court’s decision is to “undermine in the law the principle … Continue reading

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War Is Over

John Lennon would be pleased. The cardinal Müller and the theologian Gutiérrez: it is enough they are friends, and engage a mutual respect, and that the days of watchdoggery in the CDF are over? The Latin American ecclesial and theological movement … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

Matthew Kelly is popular among many of our people at the student center. We have a handful of his books in the library. For about a decade, I’ve heard of his speaking appearances. When Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic … Continue reading

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Pope Improv

I heard that with the last pope people in audiences were told not to ask questions. And if questions were to be asked, they were submitted in advance for approval. In the school of evangelization, seekers and doubters and skeptics … Continue reading

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