Bishop Columns

Bishop Columns

 
November 2020 Four County Catholic A Christian is a Missionary of Hope   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As we approach this Thanksgiving, we find ourselves challenged on many fronts.  Political and social unrest is in our streets and in the media. We are hindered in our normal way of life by a pandemic t...

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October 2020 Four County Catholic Following in His Footsteps   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The devastating fires that have been raging in Oregon, California, and Washington and the storms that are impacting the Gulf coast states and the Atlantic shoreline, have taken dozens of lives. In addition, millions ...

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September 2020 Four County Catholic Fortified With a Refreshed Understanding   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, September marks the start of another school year. Since the beginning of this pandemic I have witnessed the unwavering dedication of our faculty and staff members and the compassionate support from th...

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August 2020 Four County Catholic Hope For The Future   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, These have become extraordinary times. The world is intensely focused on the pandemic, the economy, politics, and social justice. “Facts” change depending on the source of information. Calumny is running rampant...

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June/July 2020 Four County Catholic Discerning the Will of God My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In recent weeks we have all experienced life in a way far different than most of us could have imagined. Most of Lent, Holy Week, the Easter Season, the Ascension of our Lord, and Pentecost were spent physically absent from ...

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May  2020 Four County Catholic Hope Prevails Over Fear “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.” - Romans 12:12   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   As we continue forward during Eastertide we are reminded of the joy and peace that abounds in hope by the power of ...

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April 2020 Four County Catholic There Is A Season   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   There was a song that I recall from my youth called Turn, Turn, Turn. The lyric will be familiar to you —   To every thing, turn, turn, turn there is a season, turn, turn, turn and a time to e...

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March 2020 Four County Catholic Journey to the Foot of the Cross   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In my Lenten message this year, I spoke of the journey of Our Blessed Lord into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. His time in the wilderness, away from everyday distractions, was a necessary preparation for ...

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February 2020 Four County Catholic Witness to Steadfast Faith   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, One of the many pleasures I have in being your bishop is witnessing the numerous acts of faith demonstrated throughout the diocese. As Christians, we are people of faith. It is faith that sets us apart in service...

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January 2020 Four County Catholic Overcoming a Weary World “They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” Isaiah 40:31 My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, “A Thrill of Hope, the Weary World Rejo...

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December 2019 Four County Catholic Christmas Message 2019 “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15b My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Each year as we commemorate the birth of the Lord Jesus at Christmas, it is important for us ...

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November 2019 Four County Catholic Let Us Give Thanks to the Lord   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Most people equate Thanksgiving with a once a year tradition involving a family gathering, a shared meal, and prayers of thanks, begun by the Pilgrims in Massachusetts in 1621. Would you be surprised to know that ...

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October 2019 Four County Catholic Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life “The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Each October, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates&...

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September 2019 Four County Catholic Our Future Hope All your children shall be taught by the LORD; great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Saint Mother Teresa, whose feast day we celebrated on September 5th, had this advice, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let...

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August 2019 Four County Catholic Who is Walking Who? My Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Not too long ago I observed a neighbor walking his puppy Sam, a newly adopted rescue.  The leash was taut as the puppy charged forward which caused me to ask, “Who is walking who?”  My neighbor and I both laughed...

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June/July 2019 Four County Catholic “Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it. ” Proverbs 22:6 My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, June is a time of joyful exhilaration for our young people as another school year comes to completion. As we transition from the Easter se...

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May 2019 Four County Catholic “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18) My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This is the time of joy in the Church –– this time on the Church calendar between Easter and Pentecost known as Eastertide. We are joyful because we, like the apos...

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April 2019 My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, As we continue our Lenten journey together toward Holy Week, I would like to share with you two occasions which recently reminded me of yet another reason why I am grateful for being your Bishop. The two events, while on the surface quite different from each other, had something ...

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March 2019 Four County Catholic “My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Our 40-day journey of self-reflection and sacrifice that is Lent is already well underway. It is a journey that brings us closer to Christ and will leave us changed by our encounter with Him. In my Lenten message this year I spoke of how prayer, fastin...

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February 2019 Four County Catholic “My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, January 22, 2019 marked the forty-sixth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. This year, as has become a tradition, hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered in Washington, DC for the annual March for Life. This year's March, ...

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