Marriage and Preaching: A Match Made in Heaven

During the past 26 years of ordained ministry, it has been my honor and privilege to preside at more than 400 weddings. Every relationship is different, and I always share with my homiletic students that it is not just... Read More

Preaching to Young People

A few days ago, I was traveling across a bridge over an immense body of water. I marveled at...

The Funeral Homily

Preaching at the funeral rites can seem daunting. Time is short, and we may not even know the deceased...

Gazing Upon the Eucharist

Known for his judicious use of words, Oliver Wendell Holmes once purportedly opined: “I would not give a fig...


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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The Preaching Deacon

According to the General Instruction to the Roman Missal, “The homily should ordinarily be given by the priest celebrant... Read More

Deacon’s Role in Liturgical Preaching Outside of Mass

One of the most anticipated duties that a deacon exercises upon ordination is liturgical preaching. During formation, while listening... Read More