A call to an ‘adventure of love’

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, I was privileged to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary for our annual Honoring Marriage Day event. Hundreds of couples from throughout the diocese came to celebrate milestone anniversaries, including some married for 50, 60 or more years. Their witness to their vocation…

This year, let us bring Easter light and hope to the peripheries

May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever.” — from the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In…

Lent is chance to refocus on living as missionary disciples

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, On Ash Wednesday, when the sign of the cross is marked on our foreheads, we are reminded of our mortality and dependence on God. It is a call — a wake-up call — to repent and refocus on living as missionary disciples of Christ. I hope you are having…

Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports work of vital diocesan ministries

  Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, One of my greatest joys of being your bishop is visiting parishes around our diocese for confirmations, festivals and other special events. I am grateful to see your faithful witness to the church and for all you do to build up the Body of Christ. Our Catholic faith…

Mother Teresa embodied true compassion for sick, dying

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Some of the most memorable photos of Mother Teresa are those in which the saint is offering comfort to the poor, the ill and the elderly. In those images, she looks intently at the people, holding their hand or offering a healing touch. At that moment, no one was…

May Christmas foster peace and solidarity in our hearts

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We are nearing the end of the Advent season, a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ as a baby in the manger at Bethlehem and also for his second coming at the end of time. The church encourages us to use these weeks before Christmas…

Election highlights need to bridge divisions, work for common good

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This year’s elections were the most contentious I’ve experienced in my lifetime. The presidential race in particular shined a spotlight on the deep divides that exist in our nation. These divisions — over issues such as race, economic disparities and immigration — have been festering for a long time….

Building the body of Christ throughout the world

“When mercy encounters a person, it brings deep joy to the Father’s heart; for from the beginning the Father has lovingly turned towards the most vulnerable because his greatness and power are revealed precisely in his capacity to identify with the young, the marginalized and the oppressed. He is a kind, caring and thoughtful God…

Answering our call to be faithful citizens

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, “Do not be afraid,” Jesus told his disciples. In this election year, as we prepare to vote for candidates who will make important decisions for our country and our state, I would add: “Do not be discouraged!” We modern-day disciples face many challenges when it comes to voting and…

Let us be instruments of Christ’s peace, healing

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Last September, I had the privilege of attending Pope Francis’ address to Congress during his visit to the United States. During his talk, he spoke about the challenges facing immigrants and refugees — including those coming to the United States — and what our response needs to be. He…