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Mission remains, but the way of ministry changes

Mission remains, but the way of ministry changes

Having celebrated the joyful season of Easter, culminating in the great feast of Pentecost, we find ourselves back in “Ordinary time” — a time permeated by the extraordinary graces we have gained from the Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection.

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Thank you, priests, for your service, sacrifices

Thank you, priests, for your service, sacrifices

On June 11, this past month, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, invited priests from all over the world to a eucharistic celebration marking the end of the Year for Priests and the designation of St. John Vianney as “Patron of All Priests.” My first reaction to the announcement of a Year for Priests was […]

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Planning with the ‘big picture’ in mind

Planning with the ‘big picture’ in mind

On Pentecost Sunday this year, I asked all of the pastors of our parishes to read a letter addressing our understanding of the church as a communion of faith, hope and love.

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Church’s mission guides planning process

Church’s mission guides planning process

| February 10, 2010

I had the opportunity between Christmas and New Year’s to read, study and reflect upon the summary minutes of all the gatherings to date that have been sponsored by the Strategic Planning Task Force for parishes and schools.

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Task force will focus on parish and school planning

Task force will focus on parish and school planning

| March 25, 2009

We live in an age of constant change.  From the cell phones we use, to the style of clothing we wear or the model of television we watch, changes are all around us. It has been said that “to live is to change, and change often.”  As I grow older, I find even my body […]

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‘Lectio divina’ is a proven method of prayer

‘Lectio divina’ is a proven method of prayer

Last Sunday evening, I offered the first of a monthly holy hour at the University of St. Thomas campus for college-age men and women. I was so pleased with the 200 some students who attended. It was a wonderful experience!

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