On the occasion of the publication of Father Michael Joncas’ second volume of hymns, “We Contemplate the Mystery,” The Catholic Spirit sought to tap his expertise in sacred music. His new work will be celebrated June 1 at a Hymn Festival at St. Bartholomew in Wayzata. The following is excerpted from an email interview with Father Joncas, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and an artist in residence at the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul:
A pulpit exchange between a Minneapolis parish and a mission church on an Indian reservation is an example of a way to foster a broader understanding of the Church’s universal mission, said Deacon Mickey Friesen of the Center for Mission in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
After spending close to an hour with Pope Francis, Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters he is so impressed by what the pope does and says that he might start praying and could even return to the church.
Dave Ziebarth showed a clip from the movie “Saving Private Ryan” as his third-hour world history class at St. Thomas Academy began a section on World War II.
The Catholic Spirit asked three alumni from different decades what still resonates from their years at St. Thomas Academy.
The entire student body, also known as the corps of cadets, stands at attention in the St. Thomas Academy court during daily formation. With a strong, crisp, unified voice, they recite the Hail Mary and the Pledge of Allegiance. As the cadets settle into their “at ease” position, staff and students step up to the mic to share announcements and celebrate accomplishments at the Mendota Heights school.
Father Vaughn Treco, a married former Anglican priest who was ordained to the Catholic priesthood May 3, responded to questions from The Catholic Spirit in an e-mail interview. He was ordained to the papal-approved Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and in this special ministry will serve a small community of former Anglicans who have been worshiping at Holy Family in St. Louis Park.
As Baltimore cleaned up after a night of riots, looting and fires following the funeral of Freddie Gray, Archbishop William Lori said the Church’s place is to pray, be a voice for peace and participate in a wider community dialogue to solve the systemic issues that led to the unrest.
People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel, Pope Francis said.
Truckloads of relief material organized by church charities began moving across Nepal a week after the Himalayan nation was rocked by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake April 25.
The Catholic Spirit asked Bishop Anthony Muheria of Kitui, Kenya, to share via e-mail how his community has been coping in the aftermath of reportedly anti-Christian massacres April 2 at Garissa University, 170 miles northeast of Kitui in a neighboring diocese.