Br. Jerry Zawada, OFM

Yesterday, July 25, 2017, I found out that my friend and brother, Br. Jerry Zawada, OFM, passed away and returned home to God.  He was 80 years old and lived a life that was totally committed to justice, peace, nonviolence, and solidarity with those whom he felt were excluded and marginalized.  He was an inspirational … More Br. Jerry Zawada, OFM

Objectively Disordered – Religious Language and LGBT Persons

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


Earlier this week, on Monday, April 18th, my Brothers and I joined thousands of social justice advocates, religious leaders, and immigrant men, women, and children in front of the Supreme Court in support of President Obama’s executive actions, DACA and DAPA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Friars, postulants, and lay … More #FightforFamilies

A Social Justice Stations of the Cross

As we approach Holy Week, I’ve put together a Stations of the Cross. Each Station is paired with a contemporary social justice issue, along with quotations, newspaper articles, and reflections on these urgent and heartbreaking matters. We used this during our evening liturgy here at Holy Name College. STATION I: Jesus Is Condemned To Death For our brothers … More A Social Justice Stations of the Cross