Back to Work

So after some good rest, I return to work today!  I actually saw some colleagues at the Hockey game on Saturday but we’ll be trying to make it through a full workday. I’m sure there will be a lot to catch up on and review and the start of a new semester is always exciting. […]

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Do You Have the Time?

Time..don’t run out on me. It’s a phrase that I’ve mentioned often in ministry as being an element that is essential to the development of faith. I challenge spiritual directees to prioritize their relationship with God by dedicating at least 20 minutes a day to prayer with the hopeful development that 20 minutes will turn […]

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Can We Heal Wounds?

When the horror of September 11th came upon the United States my friends with children fought vigorously to keep their children away from the television screen. Others even fought to keep themselves away from the images we know all too well from that day. Many wondered what to tell their kids when they returned home […]

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To Find the Sunrise Amidst the Rain

So I just spent two glorious days at the Collegeville Institute in Minnesota, which is one of my all time favorite places. Whether the lovely setting, the St. John’s Abbey, the St. John’s Bible, the amazing people who work there and the groups they gathered to talk about Vocation in Communities, I can’t pick just […]

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Are You Done?

In conversations with some colleagues and one of my spiritual directees, the subject of continual discernment with regards to careers came up. We mentioned that many in ministry burn out and while some of us even confessed to “feeling burned out” sometimes we simply put our shoulder to the wheel and continued on, taking some […]

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Millennials to Boomers: We KNOW We’re Not Special

Some time ago, David McCullough, Jr wrote a commencement speech for Wellesley High School which, in my opinion, was a dirge and quite frankly inappropriate. Essentially, he told them that they were not special. There was an overlying assumption that millennials feel entitled and special. I didn’t blog it because I thought it was overdone […]

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Chaput Shakes Up Philly Archdiocese

Hat tip to Deacon Greg who exclusively reported on this from the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis where Archbishop Chaput announced the following: From Philly.com On Thursday, Chaput announced deep and drastic cuts for the church back here in Philadelphia, including 45 layoffs, the consolidation of several offices and ministries, and the elimination of its […]

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Coming Your Way Soon to the Small Screen

This is an amazing effort by Joe Patane, of MTV’s Real World: Miami fame. Now a social worker and a licensed therapist, Joe has built a foundation and started Dream Camps for teens who have been through many traumatic experiences in their lives. He’s worked hard at finding a production company that won’t exploit the […]

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