Bishop’s Column

Serving Kansas City – St. Joseph has been a privilege and blessing

I want to express my gratitude to the priests, deacons, religious and laity of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for your prayers, support and encouragement these past six months

Visiting the Imprisoned and True Freedom

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to accompany the Little Sisters and Brothers of the Lamb to visit the residents of the Juvenile Correctional Facility in Topeka.

Pope Francis – Our Spiritual Father

Many people have asked me about my impression of the recent Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to the United States.

Court decision calls us to renew and reclaim our society

Usually, I have chosen not to author newspaper columns during the summer months, giving myself a few weeks of sabbatical from the rigors of writing. However, I felt it necessary to break my own rule to respond to the recent Supreme Court decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) redefining marriage and in effect negating state constitutional provisions […]

Corpus Christi Procession June 7

Father Walter Ciszek, an American Jesuit Priest, who spent 23 years in Russian prison camps, in his memoirs wrote about celebrating Mass for his fellow prisoners in Siberia

Our church’s story needs to be told — and we all need to tell it!

For as long as I serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, when the publication dates coincide, I will be writing columns both for the readers of The Leaven in Northeast Kansas and the subscribers to the Catholic Key in Northwest Missouri.

Prayers for Healing

This past Saturday, I celebrated a Mass to begin the Living in Truth, Kansas City Catholic Women’s Conference.

Pope Francis Calls for a Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy

A month ago, during a Lenten Penance Service on March 13th, the second anniversary of his election, Holy Father Francis announced that he was proclaiming an extraordinary Jubilee Holy Year.

‘Praise be to God for the gift of marriage and family’

Praise be to God for the gift of marriage and family, which He has made the building block of human society!

Lent is time to walk toward Jesus with a greater fidelity

Only recently, it seems, we have left behind the beauties of the Christmas mystery,

November 29, 2015
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