The Paradigm Shifts for Successful RCIA

In the winter of 1990, I was sitting on a cold folding chair in the basement of a rural Minnesota church. There were a half-dozen other hearty souls gathered in a circle with me, most of us bent over... Read More

A Lay Patron Saint for Priests

What could the life and example of a layman, born at the start of the 20th century, have to...

Celebrating the Triduum in a Parish with Multiple Churches

The Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar (UNLYC) that form part of the preface material to...

A Look at the Revised Order of Baptism of Children

Before you baptize that next infant, be sure you are using the right book. In early 2020, the revised...


The Gift of Spiritual Communion

The outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents a major pastoral challenge in the weeks and months... Read More

Praying the Mass Without a Congregation

The COVID-19 pandemic necessarily introduced many and varied responses on the part of everyone to stem the spread of... Read More


COVID-19: A pastor’s perspective: The Weight of the World

When I was a teenager, I remember my older brother having a set of weights along with a bench... Read More

COVID-19: A pastor’s perspective: Holy Week Is Going to be Different

Thirty-six years ago, I was packing my belongings to continue my studies for the priesthood at the North American... Read More