Last Thursday, as you know well, our nation celebrated its annual feast of giving thanks for all the blessings we have received. It is the closest we come to a secular holy day — that is, a holiday not associated with a religious feast.
While I reviewed with gratitude the countless blessings I have received in my life, I was, at the same time, conscious of the challenges I have been given as well.
There is a legend that speaks about two angels who were sent down from heaven, each with a basket in hand. They went from place to place, to poor houses and rich houses, visiting the children saying their prayers and people worshipping in their churches. In short, they visited believers, young and old alike.
After two years of consultation, and much prayer and reflection on the part of many, I am announcing our Strategic Plan for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This plan is the culmination of a process launched in February 2009 when I named the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Task Force.
I have been thinking lately how nice it would be to have a crystal ball in order to see clearly the future success of our Strategic Plan for Parishes and Schools. Well, I had an experience a week ago Sunday that came very close to that experience.
While the summer months never seem to slow down enough, September, by way of contrast, has certainly been characterized by a flurry of activities.
One of the highlights for me thus far has been the opening Mass at The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, which this year marks a record enrollment of 98 resident students of which 40 seminarians are from this archdiocese. What a tremendous blessing that is!
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]