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Hero to hero

When Father Patrick Killilea was in the Fall River Diocese, I always enjoyed conversing with him; absorbing his joyful demeanor and quick wit. I once had the pleasure of serving …

A new assault on the Sacramental Seal of Confession

Presently all 50 states and the District of Columbia have statutes protecting and upholding the Sacramental Seal of Confession or, more generally, the inviolable confidentiality …

The power of Cursillo

“Young people do not ask the Church for anything because they do not see her as significant in their lives” [CV40]. 

This was the conclusion that came from the Synod on Youth and …

Nobody gets hurt?

A few years back, I gave a talk entitled “Thinking Through the Transgender Question” at a local parish. In the audience were several individuals supporting the transgender …

Living with integrity

Recently, two young men identifying as women stood atop Connecticut’s high school podiums after their track victories, putting their competitors in an awkward situation. To grumble …

Abortion at the extremes

One of the crazier features of politics these days is that opponents of our quixotic president seem to have themselves become unhinged: When he cuts federal funds to Planned …

What, it’s right in front of me!

Our lives are filled with so many things, we may be employed or students, may be married or single, be caring for children or elderly parents. Whatever it is that fills our days, …

Salute to a hero

Hero! 

We all have heroes. Well at least some of us do. So it is no surprise that in his most recent reflection, one of our Sacred Hearts men in California, Father John Roche, …

Who is my neighbor?

Ash Wednesday I was visiting a large urban area on business. The church I visited had a Lenten theme of “Who is my neighbor?” I smiled as I remembered a young boy in Faith Formation. We had been studying the “Our Father.” …

Be not afraid

Look to the left. Right there at the beginning of the article. See it? Next to my photo. Yup, those three simple little words, superimposed over the picture of St. John Paul II. “Be Not Afraid

Moving forward in faith, hope and love

In my prayer over the readings for this weekend, I reflected on how the situation in the first reading from the prophet Jeremiah speaks to the circumstances we find ourselves in as a Church, in particular the Diocese of Fall River. …

Courage is ...

This past week we held our Junior Retreat. It’s on being called to be a leader. As we prepare for our seniors to leave us (this is the hardest part of my job … loving them for four years and then letting them go), we prepare our juniors to become the leaders in the school. 

(Roman?) Catholic — Part Six

The fourth installment of this series mentioned that Christian monasticism hails from the Coptics, with St. Anthony of the Desert as the founding father. He lived from the …


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