Looking Ahead

As I begin to write this “column” on the evening of May 15th, as I always do, I take a quick look back and a quick look ahead, to contemplate where I’ve been and to where God is calling me ahead. The morning Mass today was for my sister Deirdre Ragan, on this the first…



Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Feast of the Ascension! And, Happy 101st Anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima! I have just enjoyed another fully-packed priesthood-week, with three days of our annual Priest’s Convocation at Marywood Retreat Center. Each year, as we gather, the jubilees of the priests reaching 50, 45, 40, 35,…


Establishing a Relationship With Our Savior

Here we are well into May, entering the sixth week of our Easter season which this year, encapsulates Ascension Thursday (more properly named the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord). In our diocese (as with most U.S. dioceses) however, this solemnity will be transferred forward and celebrated next Sunday in place of the Seventh…