Deacon as Minister of Potency

The role of the laity was recognized with greater clarity and emphasis at the Second Vatican Council. I do not suggest that an appreciation of the laity was ever lacking, but their role in the Church was given new... Read More

From the Streets to the Ambo

My name is Deacon Sergio Gonzalez. That name still sounds strange and unreal to me when people call me...

Servant Leaders in the School of Jesus

One way of considering the three-year public teaching ministry of Jesus during his earthly life is through the lens...

Not a Typical Good Friday

Good Friday this year, to say the least, was very unusual and anything but typical. And we all know...


Serving the Suffering Church: The Serenity of Surrender

“We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord like the ancient navigators needed the stars.”... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Planting Spiritual Victory Gardens

During the global wars of the 20th century people were encouraged to plant gardens in every available plot of... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: The Deacon in Lockdown in New York

A couple of times a day I have to get up from my desk, go to the window and... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Mobilizing the Power of the Holy Spirit Working through Deacons in a Pandemic

Every deacon knows that Pope Francis has urged us, the Body of Christ, to go out to the peripheries.... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Helping Others See the Works of God

“It is so that the works of God might be made visible through him” (Jn 9:3). As deacon couples,... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Disconnection from Those We Serve

I don’t know about you, but the effects of the novel coronavirus have got me feeling a bit disconnected... Read More

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Preparing for the New Normal

As I begin my column, which is typically a good month before publication, we’re still in the midst of... Read More

Politics of St. Kassiani and St. Theodora

At least when I wrote this column, we are still in an election year and facing a pandemic. This... Read More