On October 1st, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, a Discalced Carmelite nun and Doctor of the Church. Ever since I was a young child, I have had a great fondness for this great saint. I was fascinated by her Little Way, a deceptively simple path to holiness that was rooted … More The Little Way of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Happy Easter! ¡Felices Pascuas! Joyeuses Pâques! I have neglected this blog because I have been focusing these past few months on completing my thesis. But now that I am almost complete, I wanted to take some time to share some photos from the Easter celebration at Saint Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. At the heart of my engagement with … More Happy Easter!
In light of the recent reaffirmation of the Church’s stance on excluding candidates with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” to the priesthood, I have reflected quite a bit on how our Church’s use of language influences, positively or negatively, issues of social justice. The language of religion, the words and texts used in prayer, in liturgies, and … More Objectively Disordered – Religious Language and LGBT Persons
Today is the feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873 – 1897), the great Discalced Carmelite nun, Doctor of the Church, mystic, and prophet of Love. Along with Saint Francis of Assisi, Thérèse is my favorite saint and the one whom I most desire to emulate. In Story of a Soul, her autobiography written as she was … More Pure Love: The Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Dear Friends, This is just to alert you about the impending expiration of legislation that is important to all religious organizations. Since 1990, there has been a U.S. program that allows non-clergy religious workers (non-ordained) to obtain permanent residence (i.e, green cards) to work in their religious occupation in the United States. The legislation authorizing this program … More PSA: Let our Brother and Sister Religious Stay!
Today is the 15th anniversary of September 11. For many of us, this day will live on in our memories in different ways. I consider 9/11 to be one of the big turning points in my life. I was still buzzing with the excitement of having recently moved into New York City to begin my freshman year … More Saint Mychal Judge
It’s been three weeks since I’ve returned to the United States from my summer in Mexico. My vacation is over, I’ve regained all of the weight I lost this summer, and now I am back in Holy Name College. A lot has happened these past few weeks and my time in Mexico is seeming more … More A Summer of Love
As part of my growing interest in immigration reform, I asked my Director of Formation earlier this year to allow me to spend my summer internship learning Spanish. An opportunity presented itself when Fray Tomas, a friar from Mexico, visited Holy Name College to give a presentation on the migrant and refugee crisis in Mexico … More Summer in Tenosique
On Saturday, May 21st, approximately 60 members of the Franciscan family, including friars, sisters, and our partners in ministry, gathered at San Damiano Hall in New York City for Franciscan Common Ground, an inter-Franciscan conference on migration. Franciscan Common Ground was organized by Julian Jagudilla, OFM and the Migrant Center of the Church of St. … More Franciscan Common Ground
On or around April 16th, professed members of the Order of Friars Minor renew their vows and commitment to live life according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was on this day, 807 years ago, that St. Francis of Assisi and his brothers received approval of their forma vitae from Pope Innocent III. 1209 … More Vow Renewal, a Reflection on Obedience