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

Pope Francis Effect

As Pope Francis’s visit to the United States wraps up, I have begun to reflect on the excitement of the past week and the message he has given us. I have followed the Pope’s appearances in Washington DC, New York, and now Philadelphia, and I, along with the hundreds and thousands of people who have … More Pope Francis Effect

Saint Edith Stein

This past Thursday, my Postulant brothers and I visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. This was my first visit and I was greatly moved by the exhibition. It was all at once frightening, heartbreaking, depressing, and infuriating. Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Edith Stein, or St. Teresa Benedicta of the … More Saint Edith Stein

Family Visit

I’m really blessed to live close enough to my family that they can easily visit me at the friary. This past weekend, my family took the three and a half hour drive from NYC to visit me in DC.  My parents, my aunt and uncle, and Keith celebrated Mass at the Franciscan Monastery of the … More Family Visit