The sacrament of holy orders, validly conferred, is necessary for one to assume the Office of Bishop.
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.
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 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 […]
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 […]
Anniversaries are special moments. People pull out pictures, view videos and even examine memorabilia. Anniversaries are times to remember when a special moment happened, when it all began. Jan. 4 holds a unique significance in my life as a bishop. Besides being the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, it is also the day I […]
Sir Edmund Burke (1729-1797) said, “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” This insight was paraphrased a hundred years later by philosopher George Santayana when he said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana’s quote is inscribed on a plaque at Auschwitz, a stark reminder […]
On Nov. 20, the feast of Christ the King, the Jubilee Year of Mercy will end. During this period, which began last Dec. 8, we have been granted an extraordinary time of grace. Now, the Holy Doors will be sealed. The traditional Holy Doors in the Major Basilicas in Rome (St. Peter, St. Mary Major, […]
As we approach our national election and ponder the privilege we have as citizens to vote, in this most contentious political contest in our recent political history, permit me to share issues of concern which seem to be game changers for our society and culture. The first is Religious Freedom. As a religious leader, I’m […]
I don’t really like to say this, but, “I told you so.” About six months ago, I was invited to write an opinion piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about what seemed to be an emergence of anti-Catholic prejudice. At the time, statements made by Donald Trump and his campaign, in reaction to Pope Francis’ […]