The sacrament of holy orders, validly conferred, is necessary for one to assume the Office of Bishop.
Listening is a sign of respect and love.
At the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, the celebrant of the distribution of ashes is given a choice between two formulas, which he pronounces when making the sign of the cross on the foreheads of the recipients.
The image of the shepherd is one that occurs frequently in Sacred Scripture. It speaks of a special kind of leadership characterized by service, care and sacrifice. In John’s Gospel, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:9) At the Chrism Mass in Rome […]
I was invited to address members of MAREDA (Milwaukee Archdiocese Religious Education Directors Association) and PMMA (Pastoral Ministers of the Milwaukee Archdiocese) last Tuesday, Feb. 14, at St. Mary Parish, Hales Corners. It is always a pleasure to address those who have such vital ministries in shaping the parishes. Many individuals haven’t thought about the […]
The snow is melting fast. “Brown,” not green, lawns are becoming more apparent. At the farm, the stubble of picked corn shows itself again in the fields. Although spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20, I’m sensing the beginnings of a bad case of spring fever. It’s too early for this – at least a […]
The Christmas tree was taken down and the decorations were neatly placed in their boxes awaiting their summons for next Christmas. However, I did not realize there was still one present yet to be unwrapped, a late Christmas gift from Pope Francis. This gift could not have fit under the tree and definitely would have […]
Advocates for the unborn ‘March for Life’
There are moments throughout the history of our nation that assisted us in our growth and formation as a national “persona.” The demand for a “Bill of Rights” insured the rights of individuals would be protected and not usurped by governmental authorities. The Louisiana Purchase and the expansion of the nation westward certainly expanded the […]
I’ve always been disturbed when people tell me, “Do you want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” I don’t think God laughs at our plans. Yes, I trust completely in God and in God’s love for me and for all of us, but with the gift of free will, we also receive some […]