Bishop’s Column

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,

Our Diocese is Blessed with Many Vocations to Priesthood and Consecrated Life

Two great events in the last weeks are fresh in my memory as I share a few thoughts on Vocations this week.

Pope Francis Calls for Prayerful Observance of the Year of Consecrated Life

This first week of November I participated in the annual meeting of the Bishops of Missouri and the Major Superiors of Religious Orders. It is an opportunity we have each year to visit, get to meet each other — since some of the superiors are newly elected — and talk about our shared mission in […]

The Extraordinary Synod and the Beatification of Pope Paul VI

The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family has just concluded.

Monday
August 31, 2015
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