Archive for August, 2017

The School Year Begins

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Yesterday, on the feast of Saint Augustine, the Church of Washington marked the beginning of the new school year the way we ought to begin all our efforts – by turning to God. Voicing praise and thanksgiving at our annual Opening of Catholic Schools Mass, we also invoked the gift of the Holy Spirit to […] [Read more]

The Blessing of the Saint John Paul II Seminary’s New Wing

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

This summer marked a special milestone as I ordained the first graduates of our archdiocesan Saint John Paul II Seminary. They are the pioneers, the first of many more to come – so many, in fact, we have needed to expand the seminary building multiple times, just like we continue to need more laborers for […] [Read more]

Obtaining the Good Life

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Inevitably, one of the consequences of a vacation is reflecting on what makes for “the good life.” Certainly time for relaxation, indulging in some favorite hobbies, or enjoying the beauty of the beach, the mountains or even a new city all make life enjoyable and good. Yet, we know that the question points to something […] [Read more]

The Need for Healing in the Face of Hate

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Yesterday, the peace of a summer day was again shattered by hate and acrimony which inevitably turned violent, leading to the tragic death of a young woman and serious injuries to many more, as well as the deaths of two state troopers whose helicopter accidentally crashed while assisting in law enforcement efforts.  The scenes captured […] [Read more]

Summer Excursions: The Franciscan Monastery

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Once again, families and individuals have been setting out on summer trips in planes, trains and automobiles.  Residents of the Washington area and visitors here have a variety of places to go and do and see, and one place I would like to suggest is the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in Northeast […] [Read more]

Saint Peter in Chains

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Visitors to Rome are often drawn to the Colosseum, a marvel of architecture from the first century A.D. For Christians today, those ruins also serve as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by the early followers of Christ who were martyred in that amphitheater for their faith. That same message can be drawn from […] [Read more]