Restoring Respect for Life

I am writing you today, Wednesday the 23rd of Mary’s month of May, still reflective and prayerful for a Spiritually positive outcome in the Republic of Ireland national vote this coming Friday (5-35-18). A “Yes” vote will repeal its constitutional protection of a preborn right to life. For hundreds of years, considered the “most Catholic…


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,…