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Our wonderful principals, teachers, and students already have a week behind them as our renowned Catholic schools get back into session. This is an appropriate moment to welcome all of them back, … more
It’s Labor Day. Can I write a bit about those Jesus called “laborers in the vineyard”? That’s all of us, to be sure, those who labor for Jesus and His reign. But in a … more
Hace una semana, más o menos, nosotros sacerdotes, diáconos, mujeres y hombres religiosos—y un número cada vez mayor de fieles laicos, que rezan diariamente lo que la … more
A week or so ago, we priests, deacons, religious women and men—and a growing number of lay faithful—who daily pray what the Church calls The Divine Office meditated on St. … more
Like most of you, I enjoy it when I hear or read an observation that I’ve held for a long time. That’s why I nodded in agreement as I read an enlightening article by Erika Andersen in … more
Maybe it was my visit home for the Fourth of July. I watched with admiration as my two sisters beamed over their grandchildren, so happy to have them crowding around, so jolly as they ran, played, … more
Tal vez fue mi visita a mi casa para el cuatro de julio. Observé con admiración a mis dos hermanas que sonrían a sus nietos, tan felices de tenerlos a su alrededor, tan contentos … more
Alright, I admit it: the first memories that come to mind this Fourth of July are watermelon, corn-on-the cob, hot dogs, and fireworks. I look forward to all those things as I pen these words, eager … more
In my last article, I wrote in praise of our renowned Catholic schools, encouraging our parents to send their children to them. I appreciate your feedback. The reason we sometimes have to make the … more
Like many of you, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks attending graduations. My Mom even went to the kindergarten graduation of my grandnephew Charlie! Me? I was at the commencements for … more
Sunday is Mother’s Day. Those of us fortunate to have our moms still with us will celebrate with them. In fact, I plan to spend Friday and Saturday with mine in St. Louis before … more
A blessed Easter! We all realize that Lent, the season of penance we just completed, takes forty days. Our kids who give up candy wonder why it takes so long! It’s meant to be lengthy, … more
With Palm Sunday we commence the “journey of a lifetime,” a trip bringing us not just back home here but to our true home of eternal life. It’s Holy Week! We unite with Jesus … more
Like any other priest, one of the duties I most savor is to hear confessions. We hear a lot of confessions at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and I take my turn as a confessor, usually after my 7 … more
Do you like standing in line? I guess that depends on what we’re standing in line for! I don’t mind standing in line for a Shake Shack hamburger (except on the Fridays of Lent!), or to … more
Last Saturday, February 23, I celebrated the 10th anniversary of my appointment as your archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI. When the papal nuncio at the time, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, called to tell … more
Poco después del Año Nuevo, tomé un fin de semana personal e hice un viaje a Irlanda. Siempre aprecio una visita a la Isla Esmeralda, pero esto no fue realmente unas “vacaciones” y, … more
Shortly after the New Year, I took a personal weekend and flew to Ireland.  While I always cherish a visit to the Emerald Isle, this was not really a “vacation” and I certainly … more
It’s been a rough time for us these recent days in Albany. Even a seasoned, impartial journalist and keen observer of politicians in our state capital, has noted that values for which the … more
We New Yorkers pride ourselves on being “progressive.” A former governor, Theodore Roosevelt, often observed that government “needed always to advance whatever promoted human … more
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