Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Remembering Who We Are As Catholics and Americans

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Today, Catholics from all backgrounds and all walks of life gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom. I had the privilege of celebrating that Mass, and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the homily. [Read more]

Peter and Paul

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.  In an address in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI preached that the “Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is… a memorial of the great witnesses of Jesus Christ and a solemn confession for the Church: one, holy, catholic and apostolic. It is first […] [Read more]

Our First President, Our First Bishop and Our First Freedom

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

It seems so fitting that the centerpiece of our local “Fortnight for Freedom” commemoration will be a June 24 “Celebration of Freedom” at the Charles E. Smith Center at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  That afternoon of prayer and celebration in support of religious freedom will take place at a university, and in […] [Read more]

The Gift of the Priesthood

Friday, June 15th, 2012

This weekend, I will have the great blessing and privilege to ordain the five newest priests of the Archdiocese of Washington during a June 16 Mass of Ordination at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Three of the men in the archdiocese’s priestly ordination class of 2012 grew up in Maryland […] [Read more]

Fortnight for Freedom

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

If you have not already visited our new website,, I invite you to take a look at it today. My hope is that it will be a sort of homepage for you in accepting my invitation to join me and all of our American bishops in a “Fortnight for Freedom.” The Fortnight will be […] [Read more]

Many Rights

Friday, June 1st, 2012

At the end of a Memorial Day Mass, celebrated here as elsewhere throughout the United States, the celebrant waited at the back of the large tent set up at the cemetery to greet the many, many people who came to remember and to pray.  A woman with tears in her eyes waited her turn, and […] [Read more]

In Defense of Our Rights

Monday, May 21st, 2012

As the Easter season draws to a close and we approach Pentecost Sunday, we turn our attention to the joys and obligations that come from being disciples of Christ and witnesses to his Gospel.  In an increasingly secular society, we find a growing intolerance for expressions of faith, particularly in the public square.  Some may […] [Read more]

You will be my witnesses!

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

When we recite the Nicene Creed at Mass, we state our belief in the Ascension of the Lord: “…He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end….” [Read more]

May is Mary’s Month

Friday, May 4th, 2012

During the month of May, we celebrate many Catholic traditions and customs. May processions, the recitation of the rosary, Marian sodality celebrations and seeking the intercession of Mary on Mother’s Day are all part of parish life. Also during May, we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin (May 31). In your […] [Read more]


Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Welcome to my blog! While I have enjoyed for many years writing articles and even doing a weekly television program, this is my first venture into the world of blogs. What I would like to do in this blog is to talk about our Catholic faith, what it teaches, why it is so important, certainly […] [Read more]