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Standing up for the truth about marriage

Standing up for the truth about marriage

| September 8, 2010

Sept. 19 is Catechetical Sunday.  Each year a new theme is chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to reflect the most pressing and urgent topics relative to catechetical instruction. The theme this year is “Matri­mony: Sacrament of Enduring Love.” I firmly believe this is a most timely topic as many, both in […]

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A priesthood anniversary to remember

A priesthood anniversary to remember

| August 30, 2010

It was supposed to be a quiet, uneventful gathering at a local rectory to celebrate the 65th anniversary of priesthood ordination for Msgr. James Lavin, now residing with the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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A stronger, more robust community of faith

A stronger, more robust community of faith

| August 18, 2010

I trust that everyone who reads this column has had an opportunity to take some vacation time this summer. As Catholics, our stewardship for our families and for others also extends to the care that we show to our own physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological health. As human beings, we need rest and relaxation in […]

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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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