Posts Tagged ‘Saint John Paul II’

The Church as Foundation of the New Evangelization

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Today the Church of Washington is celebrating the annual White Mass, which takes its name from the white garments of our baptism, which in turn represent our new life as adopted children of God.  This liturgy hosted by our archdiocesan Department of Special Needs Ministries is a beautiful expression of the Church’s culture of inclusion […] [Read more]

Standing Up for Human Life: Saint John Paul II’s Mass on the National Mall

Friday, October 21st, 2016

As always, the feast day of Saint John Paul II tomorrow will be a time to remember his life and continue his legacy.  This year, I will celebrate a special Mass with the men studying to be priests at our Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington.  Over at the nearby Saint John Paul II […] [Read more]

The Legacy of a Pope of Mercy

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Tender love and compassion are needed more than ever in our world, yet “we must admit that the practice of mercy is waning in the wider culture,” observes Pope Francis. “In some cases the word seems to have dropped out of use. However, without a witness to mercy, life becomes fruitless and sterile, as if […] [Read more]

The Ministry of Bishop Manifests Christ’s Presence in the World

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Today is the traditional day for the celebration of Epiphany, in which the Church recalls how wise men from the east recognized the great Star of Bethlehem as a divine sign and followed this light to find the Lord Jesus. As they undertook their journey to the newborn King, they represented the peoples of the […] [Read more]

Saint John Paul II’s Enduring Presence

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Saint John Paul II – whose feast day we celebrate today – has been an on-going presence in the Church of Washington impacting lives in a special way since the fall of 2011, when we opened a new archdiocesan seminary named in his honor. After he was elected pope in 1978, this holy man called […] [Read more]

Papal Visit of Saint John Paul II in 1979

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the nation’s capital will mark the third time the Archdiocese of Washington has been honored to host our Chief Shepherd, following the visit of Saint John Paul II in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI seven years ago in 2008. In October 1979, just one year after becoming pope, […] [Read more]

The Pope, Touchstone of Faith and Unity

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Early Sunday morning I watched our Holy Father, Pope Francis, give his Angelus talk – the comments he shares before praying the Angelus with the huge crowd – tens of thousands – gathered in Saint Peter’s Square each Sunday. Here, this enormously popular and revered successor to Peter spoke about the tenderness of Jesus, his […] [Read more]

Celebrating Saint John Paul II

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Today marks the first feast day of Saint John Paul II, as the newly canonized pope is now a part of the Catholic Church’s universal calendar. On April 27, I had the profound blessing of being a concelebrant at the Mass where Pope Francis, joined by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, canonized Saint John Paul and […] [Read more]

In Thanksgiving to Saint John Paul II and Our Lady of Fatima

Friday, May 9th, 2014

On April 27, I was honored to concelebrate the Mass during which Pope Francis canonized Saint John Paul II. During his pontificate of almost 27 years, that new saint went to the world, traveling to 129 countries to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. Now, the world came to Saint John Paul, with millions of […] [Read more]

Saint John Paul II

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Church today canonizes two holy men of our age, Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II.  Each gave profound witness to the Gospel, and this moment of grace provides an opportunity to express our appreciation for their lives, love and guidance.  A couple of days ago on this blog we reflected on the […] [Read more]