Preaching and Leadership

More than a rallying cry uttered as a farewell, Jesus’ final words — “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19) — give preaching its impetus and its terminus. With the courage of faith inspired by the... Read More

Pope Francis, with a New Vision

The papacy of Pope Francis follows in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council. He focuses on openness and...

The Interior Life of Our Lady and the Interior Life of a Priest

The Blessed Virgin Mary was a woman of prayer. Her prayerful words are contained in the Gospels. Other mystical...



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Preparing for the Synod

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The Holy See recently announced the dates of the second part of the Synod on Synodality, to take place... Read More

Spiritual Direction, a Mode of Accompaniment

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A priest’s primary relationship is his relationship with God. A spiritual director accompanies a priest in this relationship by... Read More




Listening Sessions and the Passion

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“Seek the City to Come,” the title of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s parish planning process, is in its final... Read More

To Preside and Celebrate Mass

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On July 24, 1988, I was blessed to celebrate my first Mass of Thanksgiving as a priest of Jesus... Read More



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Strength in Our Weaknesses

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Charity golf outings are often some of my favorite events of summer. I always enjoy networking with new people,... Read More

What Exactly Is Clericalism?

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“Clericalism” is bandied about a lot, from papal speeches to the blogosphere and Catholic media. It means a range... Read More