Father J. Michael Joncas, a priest of the archdiocese and the artist in residence at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, began the “Magnificat” score on Easter Monday and finished it two days.
Citing social justice efforts such as the new Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul, which has drawn the support of people of different religious traditions, the archbishop emphasized the importance of collaboration and being shrewd with resources while focusing on human needs. “If our work is to succeed, our work has to be God’s work,” he said.
Young Father Bernard Hebda wasn’t too excited about leaving a university chaplaincy to work in Rome, but, nonetheless, he quickly found great satisfaction in the canon law responsibilities that moved him overseas in 1996 — and not just because he loves a morning espresso or pasta for dinner.
Bob Zyskowski retires after four decades in Catholic journalism
On May 13, 1917, three children of Fatima, Portugal, were tending sheep when Mary appeared to them. She would appear to them five more times before October 13 of that year, sharing with them messages on the need for conversion; visions of heaven, hell and a “dancing sun” reportedly viewed by thousands; and a three-part “secret” that has been the source of much intrigue in the decades since.
Pope Francis told the heads of women’s religious orders from around the world that he would set up a commission to study the New Testament deaconesses and he also insisted more can and should be done to involve lay and consecrated women in church decision-making at every level.
Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.
The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by St. Katharine Drexel, announced that it will sell its historic motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The 44-acre property also contains the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and her tomb.
As firefighters fought to save Fort McMurray from a wildfire that threatened to destroy the northern Alberta city, a bishop gave thanks that there had been no loss of life.