07/16/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We all need role models. Sometimes it’s a parent, a family member or a teacher, work friend or priest. They help us see the world through a different lens or encourage us to reach higher. Over the years I have always celebrated anniversaries, or milestones because sometimes when the…

07/09/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I was a young kid we spent most of July, where my mother grew up. The end of June my mother would pack the suitcase and head for the train. Then we would have to walk from the railway station through the town and out the other end….

07/02/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are midway through 2017. July 1st in Canada is Canada day a celebration of all things Canadian, July 4th is USA in- dependence day as my Canadian friends remind me. They are American but not USA, but not of the USA. All that trivia aside, July 1st is…

06/25/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As you read this the Totus Tuus week will be over and the young people from our parish who have attended the YLC (youth leadership conference} will be ready to return home. There are many more camps offered this summer Baseball, Soccer and Ice Hockey all of them under…

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…