In a Blink of an Eye: A Deacon’s Journey

In a blink of an eye. That’s what it seems like. There I was, 25 years ago at Holy Name Cathedral in Steubenville, Ohio, kneeling before Bishop Gilbert Sheldon as he laid hands on my head and prayed the... Read More

Dealing with Addiction in Ministry

Noah was tired. He had built the ark, populated it with two of every living creature, survived the flood,...

Two Orders in Unity

It is one of the great ironies of the Second Vatican Council that the document that restored the ancient...

Called to Mission

When I was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Orange, California, I understood my vocation was...


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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Spiritual House Cleaning

Memento mori: Remember you must die. The Lenten journey begins with the faithful receiving ashes as a stark reminder... Read More

Evangelization and Welcoming

Back in July, my wife, Geri, and I had two wonderful encounters while shopping. Our daughter had told us... Read More