The Power of Pilgrimage

Over the past 10 years, I have had the good fortune of co-leading three pilgrimages to the Holy Land (Israel, Palestine and Jordan), one to Turkey and one to Greece, with more planned for the coming years. I have... Read More

A Road Map for Forming Missionary Disciples

German author Father Romano Guardini depicted the transmission of faith with the image of a candle being lit from...

Meet Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga

In May 1831 the Catholic missionary Father Frederic Baraga arrived at L’Arbre Croche (now Harbor Springs), Michigan, where there...

An Argument Against the Church’s ‘Vocations Crisis’

Recently, I was going over Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Sacerdotalis Caelibatus (On the Celibacy of the Priest). Written in...

COVID-19: A pastor’s perspective

Celebrating Parish Traditions during COVID-19

When I first arrived at my previous assignment 11 years ago, I remember the principal saying, “Father, there is... Read More

The Holy Spirit Provides Strength in Answering Life’s Questions

I have been thinking a lot lately about the Holy Spirit. Perhaps it is because this is the week... Read More

‘Structure determines function’

The other day I went to my chiropractor for a “tune up.” The stress of life and ministry can... Read More

Behind Every Number, There Is a Name, a Face and a Life

It happens every day at roughly the same time. There is an alert that comes over my iPhone informing... Read More

We Need to Look to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, during the Pandemic

In her wisdom, Holy Mother Church provides specific options for Gospel texts on various occasions. Over time, preachers come... Read More

Are we there yet?

When I was a child, my family had a summer cottage two hours north of Pittsburgh nestled in the... Read More


The Parish of the Future

In July, the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy issued an instruction on the “pastoral conversion” of the parish community in... Read More

The Special Ministry of Hospital Chaplaincy

Special ministry often refers to ministry outside the realm of parish life. In my priesthood of 32 years, I... Read More