Archive for March, 2015

Our First “Venerable” Washingtonian

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Just weeks ago, we learned that Pope Francis had signed a decree that Monsignor Aloysius Schwartz, a native son of Washington who became a missionary priest, had lived a life of “heroic virtue,” meaning that he has been declared as “Venerable,” becoming the first Washingtonian to achieve that title. The priest’s cause for canonization has […] [Read more]

The Rose Mass: A Celebration of the Ministry of Healing

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

This past September, I saw a truly memorable sight I will never forget – the transformation of a basketball arena into a state-of-the-art mobile dental clinic, where 400 dentists, hygienists, oral surgeons and many more volunteers served poor clients seated at 100 dental chairs. It was the Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival […] [Read more]

Walking with Peter – The Pope

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Although it was a long time ago, I find myself reflecting on lessons learned when I was still a seminarian preparing for priestly ordination in Rome. It was the time of the Second Vatican Council. Pope – now Saint – John XXIII had convoked this Ecumenical Council because, as he put it, the Church was […] [Read more]

Celebrating the Genius of Masculinity and Femininity

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

In the image of God, male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27). In this beautiful line in the book of Genesis, we learn of God’s crowning act of creation. The Genesis account with so much subsequent revelation proclaims the divine origin and sacredness of the human being. It does not discuss the physiology or […] [Read more]

Seeing Jesus in the Face of Migrants

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Lent offers a time for reflection and examination of conscience. We are invited to meditate on the infinite mercy of God and how we might in our lives manifest that mercy in our world today. As we make our Lenten pilgrimage, I invite you to keep present in your thoughts and prayers our sisters and […] [Read more]

The Christian Approach to Social Injustice

Friday, March 6th, 2015

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma campaign for voting rights led by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This effort, capped by a 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, played a pivotal role in the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. After the Civil War, slavery was abolished and […] [Read more]

Faith, Deafness and Disability Conference

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Regular readers of this blog know that on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, the Archdiocese of Washington held its First Archdiocesan Synod. On that day we published the statutes and recommendations from the Synod that will carry forward the work of the Church of Washington into the future. The recommendations relate to five core areas […] [Read more]

Silencing the Church’s Voice

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

As we make our way through Lent, we remember that Jesus calls us to see God in the face of others, especially the poor, to be compassionate, to respect human life and to be forgiving, chaste and loving. He said in challenging us to live a life that fully reflects God’s plan for us, “Do […] [Read more]