Not only news can be fake

By this time next week summer will have officially signed off for the year and autumn will have begun its three-month reign. It’s no secret in the Jolivet household that I …

Knowing what we are doing

Today, September 6, I have the privilege to offer Mass for the 10,000th time as a priest. It’s a great source of thanksgiving for me. 

Sometimes people are surprised when other …


“Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising …

Contradictory suicide messaging

In July 2014, police found the body of 18-year-old Conrad Roy inside his truck in Fairhaven, having died from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

As the case unfolded, it became apparent …

Moving in the right direction

There is always considerable movement around us, and as we transition from the relative quiet of summer to a new school year, that movement intensifies — even to the point of agitation …

Redressing anti-Catholic bias in education

There is a strange anomaly in American Constitutional Law as it has come down to us through the Courts: The freedom of private schools, including religious schools, to …


September is already here, many of our children have returned or are returning to school. For many, this is a time excitement, wonder, and new beginnings, yet for some, there …

‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’

“Sitting in the mornin’ sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes, watching the ships roll in and then I watch ’em roll away again. I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay watching …

The light in Death Valley

This summer I had the opportunity to share with educators a film that starts with the few stars one can see in the city sky and ends with the spectacular night sky above Death Valley. If you have never seen this sight, go to

The journey of life

What to write? What to write? What to write? Over the last several days these words have swirled through my mind knowing that this article would soon be due. 

Well, my buddy Ken Souza, the editor, sent me a note last night reminding me about the article due date — sending me into a panic.

You are the company you keep?

I honestly have best friends in the world! 

I know you are reading this thinking, “No, I have the best friends,” but we will have to agree to disagree. 

We are well-aware that we are not a normal group of 30-somethings. …

Jean Vanier: A prophet for our time

When I was first asked to write this column, I must admit that I struggled with the proper subject. It was the recent death of a saintly, prophetic figure that clarified the matter for me.


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