06/18/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I have a picture of my father and my younger brother taken in London in the 1950’s. My father is holding tightly my two year old brother’s hand as they walk along a busy Lon- don street. We were there for the wedding of my father’s youngest sister. At…

06/11/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My first appointment as a priest was to Kenya. I was then appointed to a place called Kobujoi in Nandi District. Kobujoi was near the equator at 7000 feet above sea level with a very wet, wet season. It was over 30 miles from the nearest tarmac road. Its’…

06/04/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, June 4th is my ordination anniversary. Every year as it approaches I remember the eleven others who were ordained with me especially the one who died young rest in peace. Three others left and two joined dioceses. Looking back I am amazed at the journey my life took. I…

05/28/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May 16th /17th. Arrived at the Airport and it was nice to see familiar faces, people I had traveled with before and then there were new faces. As we introduced and reintroduced ourselves there was an atmosphere of pleasantness and comradery as we told stories of past trips and…

05/21/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, France is seven hours ahead of Illinois. By the time the 8:30 Mass starts it will be 3:30 pm in France and I will be visiting the tapestry that records the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Tomorrow Monday I will lay your remembrances…

05/14/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We struggle at times. We make plans they don’t work out. People let us down and we are hurt and disillusioned. In this week’s Gospel Jesus says to us “Do not let your hearts be troubled” Thomas who had journeyed with him who had seen the miracles and the…

05/07/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend we have 43 young people making their first communions. It is not a huge figure compared to the parishes around us, but each and every one of them is important. They are continuing a journey that started at baptism and through the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist…

04/30/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May is just around the corner. The May hymn begins with” Bring flowers of the rarest bring flowers of the fairest” As we honor Mary this month we celebrate the story of our redemption and our faith. Mary said yes and that yes let to joy and to suffering….

04/23/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My first week as Pastor here was dominated by Totus Tuus. I had no idea what was going on. I had never heard of the program. By the end of the week I was very happy with the mix of religious learning and fun that made up the program….

04/16/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Alleluia He is risen from the dead alleluia alleluia. And they recognized him in the breaking of bread. Do we recognize him in the breaking of Bread? Do we continue his work when we are told go the Mass is ended? For now we are the feet and hands…