Jul 29

Weekly Updates – July 30, 2017

Restless (by Audrey Assad) Covered by Jennifer Langley

Witness – Fr. Paul Shelton, S.J & Fr. Ryan Duns, SJ
Paul J. Shelton, SJ, is a native of Columbus, Ohio, where he attended St. Mary German Village Catholic grammar school and St. Charles Preparatory High School. The Shelton family, headed by a single mother, went through periods of financial hardship, but there were many blessings along the way as friends and neighbors were quick to lend a hand. Growing up, Shelton saw God at work in the people who helped the family through the hard times, and the fatherless boy began to consider a vocation to the priesthood because of the tremendous example and support of the priests in his parish. At Marquette University in Milwaukee, Shelton studied history and classical languages and, importantly, met the Jesuits for the first time. After graduating from Marquette in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree, he entered the Society of Jesus. Following the novitiate, Shelton was missioned to Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in social philosophy. Missioned next to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while serving as a deacon at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Fr. Ryan G. Duns, SJ, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He first encountered the Jesuits when he was 14 and was playing Irish music in a band with a Jesuit, but he came to know the Society more deeply at Saint Ignatius High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. and a master’s degree in religious studies at John Carroll University in Ohio. Ryan entered the Society of Jesus in 2004 and earned a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2015 and is currently living in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is writing a dissertation on the thought of the philosopher William Desmond. In addition to doctoral studies, Ryan is a professional Irish musician and plays throughout North America at Irish dancing competitions. He also teaches a course entitled “A Jesuit\’s Introduction to the Tin Whistle” via his Youtube Channel

Spirituality for Your Personality Type
Knowing your personality type can be useful to determine what form your spiritual practice might take.
With the election of Pope Francis, there has been a lot of attention paid to Ignatian spirituality. Your personality may lend you to a different type of spirituality, such as Franciscan, Augustinian, or Thomastic.
This article might be a good starting point.

Incredible video shows dog rescuing a young deer

Noelle and Ryland sing “The Prayer” (Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion)

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Jul 22

Weekly Updates – July 23, 2017

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Prayer for Home by Fernando Ortega
a beautiful song of Mr. Fernando Ortega…..

WITNESS – Catherine Kamp
Cathy Kamp is a Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph’s Church in Penfield, N.Y. where she has served since 2006. She is responsible for a mission-driven model of parishioner-led ministry, adult formation including the RCIA and small Christian communities, stewardship and evangelization, and some aspects of pastoral care and social outreach. She has a passion for creative uses of social media and other communications to share the Good News.
Cathy received a Master of Divinity at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester, NY in 2012 and enjoys teaching in the classroom and offering workshops. Working closely with her pastor and pastoral team, she is committed to bringing the spirituality of Pope Francis to life at the parish level and has offered a variety of courses to explore practical implementation of the Pope’s emphasis on becoming a Church of mercy.
Cathy current serves as Chair of the Diocese of Rochester Pastoral Associates/Pastoral Ministers Association. The focus of the association is to provide spiritual renewal and professional development for lay pastoral leaders in the Diocese.
Prior to lay ecclesial ministry, Cathy was a writer and communications consultant for Rochester area non-profits including the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Diocese of Rochester. Earlier in her career, she was vice president of a public relations firm in New York City and an accounts manager manager for Procter & Gamble. She has a B.A. in English from Adelphi University. Married with four adult children, Cathy enjoys writing, photography, yoga and dogs!

WITNESS – Fr. Michael Pace, SDB
Fr. Michael Pace is Salesian priest, a member of the religious congregation founded by St. John Bosco. Upon ordination in 1999, he served as associate pastor and youth minister for seven years at Montreal’s Missione Maria Ausiliatrice and Don Bosco Youth Leadership Centre.
From 2007- 2016 he was pastor at St. Benedict Parish in Toronto where he devoted much pastoral care to youth ministry, sponsorship and resettlement of refugees, and parish team building. He peached parish retreats, and diocesan missions, and to date has led eight World Youth Day delegations for the Salesian Youth Movement.
Fr. Mike’s current assignment is in Orange, New Jersey, where he is Director of the Salesian house of formation for future Salesian priests and brothers. While awaiting his US Religious Worker’s Visa, Fr. Mike spent six months in Tijuana, Mexico. From October 2016 to March 2017 he worked closely with the thousands of Haitian migrants who flocked to Tijuana in the hopes of gaining entry to the United States. As one of the Salesian team members at the Desayunador Salesiano, he helped over 5,000 Haitian migrants find a warm, safe, attentive welcome in the Salesian refuge after their three month journey from Brazil.
Prior to entering the priesthood, Fr. Pace was lawyer in Ontario. He was also a highschool teacher and chaplain. As a Salesian he is committed to living Don Bosco’s charism of evangelizing and educating youth with joy and optimism.

 

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Jul 15

Weekly Updates – July 16, 2017

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Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Marriage
Recently, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna and her now husband, Nelson. While we rejoice in their love for each other, the fact that they have now become living symbols of Christ the Bridegroom’s ecstatic love for his Bride, the Church is reason, in the very deepest sense, to give thanks.

“I am a Child of God” by One Voice Children’s Choir
One Voice Children’s Choir, under the direction of Masa Fukuda, performs, “I am a Child of God” with bless4, a Japanese vocal ensemble. Performed December 2016 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Con te partirò (Orchestra and Kids Choir 2016
Children’s chorus of the Teatro Regio and the «Giuseppe Verdi» Conservatory of Torino,

“Overture of Hope”—Steve Bell and Tim Huff
Steve is a Singer/Songwriter
Tim Huff Incoming Executive Director of Hope Exchange / Author
Hope Exchange is a ministry that finds meaningful and creative ways to honour, encourage,
inspire and come alongside the hope-givers.

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Jul 09

Weekly Updates – July 9, 2017

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The Pope Video 07-2017 – Those distant from the Christian faith – July 2017
July 2017. The Pope Video. We all know someone close to us who has grown distant from the faith. Let us help them to live the joy of Jesus and pray with the Pope that they might rediscover the beauty of the Christian life.
“Let us never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ — his faithful and inexhaustible love.
When a Christian becomes sad, it means that he has distanced himself from Jesus.
But then we must not leave him alone! We should offer him Christian hope — with our words, yes, but more with our testimony, with our freedom, with our joy.
Let us pray that our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the beauty of the Christian life.”

The Church and Marian apparitions – Vatican Connections
In this final episode of the season, renowned Vatican journalist John Thavis is on the show to talk about how the Church approaches supernatural phenomena and, more specifically, Marian apparitions. In light of the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to Fatima last May, we also delve into the complexity of Medjugorje. But that’s not all we talk about in this episode. Lots happened at the Vatican this week: the Pope celebrated his episcopal anniversary, the Church received five new cardinals, and Cardinal George Pell returns to Australia to face charges of “historical” sexual abuse offences.

WITNESS – Fr. John Meehan SJ President of Campion College
Fr. John David Meehan, SJ, a young, outstanding Canadian Jesuit is president and professor of history at Campion College (University of Regina). He holds a B.A. Hons. (McGill), Dip.Theol. (Oxford), M.A. (Johns Hopkins-SAIS), M.Div./S.T.B. (Regis), Th.M./S.T.L. (Regis), and a Ph.D. (Toronto).
He has led Campion College, the only Jesuit undergraduate college in Canada. Many have considered him to be a Renaissance man- a priest of tremendous intelligence, pastoral sensitivity, organizational leadership and a man of great affability and warm humanity.
Fr. Meehan is a prolific author and sought-after speaker and lecturer and has published widely on Jesuit history, Asia Pacific studies and Canada’s relations with Asia, including The Dominion and the Rising Sun (UBC, 2004), which won the Prime Minister’s award (2006) for translation into Japanese, and Chasing the Dragon: Shanghai and Canada’s Early Relations with China (UBC, 2011).
He is assistant editor of the three-volume Jesuit History Series (Novalis, 2015, 2017) on the history of Jesuits in English Canada. Fr. John discovered his Jesuit vocation while working with physically and mentally handicapped people at l’Arche with Jean Vanier in France.
Since entering the Society of Jesus in 2000, he has worked with Indigenous people in Saskatchewan, gang kids in Mississippi and immigrants in Minnesota. In addition to his native English, he is fluent in French, Russian, Japanese and understands Spanish, Italian and Latin.

Find Your Spirituality Type
There is “no greater mistake in spiritual matters than to force others to follow one’s own pattern,” warned Saint Ignatius of Loyola. What draws you into a fuller and richer spiritual life may be very different from the pull felt by another faith-filled person on his or her spiritual journey toward a deeper relationship with God.
What is your spirituality type? Take the VISION spirituality quiz and consider your results an invitation to know yourself better and explore different forms of prayer, worship, meditation and ways of living.

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Jul 01

Weekly Updates – July 2, 2017

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God Bless You Canada – Lee Greenwood

O Canada- CHRISTIAN ARTISTS FOR CANADA 150

Panama and the Next World Youth Day – Vatican Connections
Bishops of Panama were in Rome for their ad limina visit. As they prepare to host the next World Youth Day, in January 2019, part of their meeting with Pope Francis focused on that topic. They also discussed the challenges they face today, not only as a Church but also as a country. Vatican Magazine interviewed the Archbishop of Panama, and he shares what the bishops hope an event like WYD could do for the people of Panama.

WITNESS – Peter Mansbridge
Peter Mansbridge has been the chief correspondent of CBC News. He anchors CBC’s flagship nightly news program, “The National”, and all CBC News specials, especially major Church events from Rome and in Canada over his distinguished career. He has also been the host of the weekly feature interview program, “Mansbridge: One on One”. Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, has had the privilege of co-hosting events with Peter Mansbridge since 2002.
Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Fort Churchill, Man., where he helped develop CBC Radio’s news service to Northern Canada. In 1971, he moved to Winnipeg as a reporter for CBC Radio, and in 1972, joined CBC Television. He became The National’s reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975, and, in 1976, was named one of the program’s parliamentary correspondents in Ottawa. He became chief correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988.
In almost 50 years with CBC News, Mansbridge has provided comprehensive coverage of the most significant stories in Canada and around the world. He’s interviewed countless international leaders and he remains the only Canadian journalist to have been to the White House to interview the then U.S. President, Barack Obama.
During a decorated career, Mansbridge has received more than a dozen national awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has received a dozen honorary degrees from universities across the country and has been recognized by leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
In 2008, Mansbridge was made an officer of the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean. In 2009, he was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. In 2015 he was named as a Member of the Canadian News Hall of Fame.
Peter Mansbridge was born in London, England in 1948 and resides in Stratford, Ontario. He retired from CBC on July 1, 2017. In this exclusive and rare interview, he speaks with Fr. Rosica about his long career and highlights in covering Church events.

 

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Jun 25

Weekly Updates – June 25, 2017

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June 25, 2017

Bishops need their Pope – Vatican Connections
For Albanian bishops, meeting the Pope brings consolation and encouragement, at a time when the Catholic Church in Albania is facing particular challenges. They aren’t the only ones in need of affirmation. The Venezuelan bishops sat with the Pope to discuss the current political, economic and social crisis of the country, and how they are dealing with persecution. In these situations, the Holy Father offers his bishops, especially his closeness.

Sisterhood
Sisterhood is a special, 7-part series which gives viewers an exclusive look into the daily lives of these remarkable women betrothed to Christ. Vietnam, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda are just some of the countries where we visit with sisters who toil tirelessly in the vineyard of the Lord. Educators, health professionals, prayer warriors, catechists, counsellors, ministers to the poor — Sisterhood brings to light the myriad ways in which these wonderful women of the Gospel shine a light on the dark parts of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden, and neither can the infectious love of these sisters who bring hope and zeal to every soul they touch. Watch and be inspired by the beauty and the joy of Sisterhood.
Day in and day out, in every country, religious sisters provide an enormous service to the Church, giving life to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Without their prayer, their wisdom or their charity, the Church could scarcely begin to achieve its mission. Yet, the number of sisters in North America and in other countries is dwindling, and at a time when the world desperately needs their charisms.

WITNESS – Cardinal Gerhard Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Gerhard Ludwig Müller was born in Mainz-Finthen, Germany in 1947. As the son of labourer, he grew up with his three siblings. Having completed secondary school in Mainz, he studied philosophy and theology in Mainz, Munich and Freiburg im Breisgau. He earned his doctorate in 1977 under Professor Karl Lehmann on the subject of “The Church and Sacraments in Religionless Christendom. He was ordained as a priest in Mainz-Finthen in 1978. He was then active in three parishes as chaplain and as religious education teacher at secondary schools in Büdingen and Nidda. He became professor in 1985 in Freiburg im Breisgau, again under Professor Karl Lehmann. One year later, he was appointed Professor of Catholic Dogmatics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich where he remains honorary professor today. At the age of 38 in 1986 he was one of the youngest professors at Munich’s university.
Gerhard Müller has also been visiting professor at a number of other universities: in Cusco (Peru), Madrid (San Damaso), Philadelphia (USA), Kerala (India), Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca (Spain), The Lateran University (Rome), Lugano and Sao Paulo (Brazil). He has been active in the spread and preservation of the Catholic faith as a member of the Commission for Doctrine and Faith of the German Bishops’ Conference since 1990 and was also a member of the International Theological Commission from 1998 to 2002.
In 1999 he was appointed as peritus (theological consultant) to the Vatican’s Synod of European Bishops. In 2001 he was active as theological consultant to the International Bishops’ Synod in Rome on the subject of “The Bishop as Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for World Hope.” Following his appointment by Pope John Paul II as diocesan bishop on October 1, 2002, Professor Gerhard Ludwig Müller was consecrated as Bishop of Regensburg in the Regensburg Cathedral on November 24, 2002. In 2005 he participated in the International Bishops’ Synod on the Eucharist as a Synod Father.
The founding of the Pope Benedict XVI Institute is one of the highlights of his academic career. Bishop Müller has published more than 400 academic publications to date, the majority of which date from his 16 years as Professor of Dogmatics at the the University of Munich.
On July 2, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Müller as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and simultaneously was named Archbishop. As prefect of this important Vatican department, he became President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, the International Theological Commission, and the Pontifical Commission ”Ecclesia Dei”. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis on February 22, 2014.

Framing Papal Visits – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections, a scholar in Visual Communication from the University of Missouri School of Journalism explains how photojournalists’ cultural backgrounds will shape the way a papal trip is depicted. We also look back at the legacy of the late Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

World Meeting of Families – Official Hymn
Salt and Light Media, June 2, 2017
“A Joy for all the Earth” is the official hymn for World Meeting of Families 2018 and was composed by young Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. The hymn found its inspiration in the document Amoris Laetitia – the Joy of Love, written in 2016 by Pope Francis following the Synods on the Family held the preceding two years.
A substantial portion of the document is a treatment of the famous Hymn to Love found in 1 Corinthians 13. and our composer felt that his piece should begin with this wonderful Pauline text.
To provide musical and textual symmetry, the introduction is repeated with these words as a coda, though with pared-back accompaniment to highlight their simplicity and elegance. The main focus of Amoris Laetitia is the domestic family and there are also theological parallels between this and God’s family in the Church.
Although the performing forces for this piece are substantial for regular parish situations, perhaps for special occasions, at least one trumpet (playing the uppermost line) could be used. The lyrical nature of the melody allows for this piece to be performed by smaller forces too, even a single voice and accompaniment, making it suitable for weddings.
The piece also is suitable for general use, and could be used as a strong stately entrance or communion processional hymn.

Lyrics
Intro
Love bears all things, endures all things
Love longs for all things good, love never ends
Love is patient, and love is kind.
Love is not resentful; it is not rude.
Love is not arrogant, nor boastful, nor jealous,
but love rejoices, rejoices in the truth

Refrain

The joy, of love, a joy for all God’s family,
The joy of love transcending time and space.
Our Love for each other mirrors God the Father’s love.
The joy of love: a joy for all the earth.
Here in Gods family all find their home.
All can find salvation troubled souls find peace.
Here is found tenderness, compassion and justice
Here God reaches down to us and touches us with grace.

Refrain

Love is our origin, our constant calling.
Love is our fulfilment, in God’s dwelling place.
Love is the mystery of Father, Son and Spirit,
Love is communion of blessed Trinity.

Refrain

This is what God asks of us, to act with justice,
to love with tenderness, to walk humbly with God,
to give our lives in service to others.
The joy of the Gospel is the joyful love of Christ!

Refrain

Love bears all things, endures all things
love longs for all things good, love never ends.

Building a Bridge by James Martin, SJ
In BUILDING A BRIDGE, Father James Martin argues that we need to build a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church.
“Brave, prophetic, and inspiring.”
—Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark
“A welcome and much-needed book.”
—Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life

Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins 1008 – The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins 1009 – New Life in Christ (Romans 12:1-21; 13:11-14​)

Bishop Barron on Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument
I would like to situate what Kathy Griffin did in a wider context, for it is but a particularly brutal example of what is taking place throughout our society, especially on university campuses, namely, a deterioration of rational argument.

 

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Jun 10

Weekly Updates – June 11, 2017

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“NO LONGER SLAVES” – VOICES OF LEE
Music video by Lee University students; well-done.

WITNESS – Fr. Eric Andrews, C.S.P., President of The Paulist Fathers
Paulist Fr. Eric Andrews has been president of the Paulist Fathers since May, 2014.
Fr. Eric previously served as president of Paulist Productions, their community’s film and television production house, from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he spent several years in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he was pastor and associate pastor of St. John XXIII University Parish at the University of Tennessee, as well as superior of the Paulist Fathers in Knoxville.
Ordained to the priesthood on May 13, 1995, Fr. Eric served early in his ministry as associate pastor of the Paulist Fathers mother church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City, and as part of the team at Paulist Media Works in Washington, D.C. He also spent seven years as a member of the Paulist Fathers General Council.
Prior to entering the novitiate, Fr. Eric was a junior producer at The Jim Henson Company. A native of the Hudson Valley, he is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied film and television production. While he was a student, he was active at the Catholic Center at NYU.
At the time he became president of the Paulist Father, Fr. Eric pledged that the Paulists would continue “to find new ways to communicate the Catholic faith so it may resonate with our culture.”
“We need to continue to open the doors to people searching for a spiritual home, to use the media and technology to bring Gospel values to our culture,” he said. “In addition, Pope Francis’ emphasis on mercy and compassion to all resonates with the charism of the Paulist Fathers.”

“Women Deacons” by Phyllis Zagano (Subject Matters S2.E11)
Pope Francis’ commission to study women deacons in the Catholic Church is quietly conducting their work. In this rare interview, commissioner and leading expert on the topic Phyllis Zagano discusses three of her books that build the case for admitting women to the diaconate today.

WITNESS – Deacon Dennis Rivest
Dennis Rivest is a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of London, Ontario.
A native of Windsor, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983 and served for 9 years in the Forces before joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1992. His service in the Armed Forces and RCMP led to postings in six provinces in Canada. In the year 2000, Dennis entered the London Police Service. During his policing career, Dennis worked as an investigator in the criminal investigation division, as a secondary high school resource officer and also as the London Police Service media officer.
He began studies for his Masters of Divinity Degree in 2005 at St Peter’s Seminary in London. Dennis entered the Permanent Diaconate Program in London in 2008 and was ordained Deacon by Bishop Ronald Fabbro, CSB in 2013.
He is currently assigned to St George’s Parish in London and serves on the staff of the Permanent Diaconate and Lay Formation Programs for the Diocese of London. He is in a privileged position to give eloquent witness to his Catholic Christian faith in a very important and respected public service. Deacon Dennis is married to Cathy and they are celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary this year. They are the proud parents of two daughters: Christina and Danielle.

 

 

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Jun 03

Weekly Updates – June 4, 2017

The Charismatic Renewal: a hope for Christian unity
Rev. Father Raniero CANTALAMESSA, Preacher to the Papal Household

Pentecost and the seven gifts
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington discusses Pentecost and the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Pope Video 06-2017 – Eliminate arms trade – June 2017
June 2017. The Pope Video. Let’s put an end to the arms trade. We can do this. And it’s urgent that we do it. The world does not need merchants of death who get rich on war. We need peace. Let us join the Pope in praying for peace.
“It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time, promote or permit the arms trade.
Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade and so that the merchants of death get rich?
Let us put an end to this situation. Let us pray all together that national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade which victimizes so many innocent people.”
From the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer)

Reunited: A Short Film about Music and the Human Spirit
In this uplifting short film, directed by Max Thurlow and Nick Trumble, Noisey meets 93 year old jazz pianist Edward Hardy. Ed was given a new lease of life and relief from dementia and depression, when his care home discovered he was a talented pianist in his younger days. They reunited him with his ex-band members for a special performance, which proved the power of music for people suffering cognitive disorders.

“Conscience of a Nation” edited by Jacques Monet, SJ (Subject Matters S2.E9)
Discover how the Jesuits in English Canada have contributed to the building of the nation, through their spirituality, schools, works for social justice and ethical consciousness since 1842.

Cardinal Müller talks conscience rights – Vatican Connections
In this week’s episode, we got to sit down with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was in Toronto, Canada, to speak on the right to express one’s conscience based on religious convictions. We also look back at the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, for the centenary of the Marian apparitions.

Development and Peace: 50 Years of Solidarity – Perspectives Weekly
Explore the extraordinary 50 year journey of Development and Peace with guests Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ and Anne-Marie Jackson, two long-time members and integral figures in the organization. Founded by the Canadian Bishops as an independent, lay, grassroots organization in 1967, D&P takes a unique approach to aid: working with partners in the Global South to enable peoples to be the protagonists in their own development. D&P seeks to educate the Canadian population about the causes of poverty and mobilize them towards actions for change. Hosted by Sebastian Gomes.

Pope to create new cardinals – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections, we look at those who were handpicked by the Holy Father to be made cardinal in June, and one Ontario bishop talks to us about his ad limina visit in Rome.

WITNESS – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich – Archbishop of Chicago
Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich was born on March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich. He is one of nine children, with five sisters and three brothers. He obtained his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1971. He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, where he received his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 1974, and his M.A. in Theology in 1975.
Blase was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha on August 16, 1975. He graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where, in 1979, he received his License of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology. He also holds a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology from the Catholic University of America (1987).
Cardinal Cupich was the pastor of two parishes in Omaha before being appointed Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 7, 1998, where he was ordained and installed on September 21, 1998. He was appointed the sixth Bishop of Spokane, Washington, on June 30, 2010, and officially installed on September 3, 2010.
Blase Cupich was appointed by Pope Francis as Archbishop of Chicago on September 20, 2014, and was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
Cardinal Cupich has been Chair of the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008 until 2011. He currently serves on many committees, including: The National Catholic Educational Association Board, Chair; The USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Chair; The USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Scripture Translation, Member; Catholic Extension Society, Chancellor, Member of the Board of Governors, and Chair of the Mission Committee; The Catholic Mutual Relief Society, Executive Member; and The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Board, Member. He is also Chancellor of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois. He has distinguished himself as a very articulate, courageous and respected Church leader and eloquent teacher on both the national and international levels of the Church.
Archbishop Cupich was a US delegate at the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. On October 9, 2016, Pope Francis named Archbishop Blase Cupich to the College of Cardinals. This interview took place in the studio of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 1, 2017.

Who are the Swiss Guards? – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections: Pope Francis prepares for his pilgrimage to Fatima; new recruits are received into the Pontifical Swiss Guards; and the Holy Father ordains new priests for the diocese of Rome.

Bishop Barron on Pride, Humility, and Social Media
A recent article reminds us that social media can be a breeding ground for the unique type of spiritual distortion and dislocation that we traditionally call pride. What made all the difference for her was the arrival of her baby, in all of his densely-textured reality—a reality that she could appropriate only through humility.

WITNESS – His Excellency Scott McCaig, CC, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada
His Excellency, Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, was born on December 12, 1965, in Kamloops, B.C.
After entering into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1987 and obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton University, Ottawa, he joined the Companions of the Cross in 1989. He had previously been involved in youth ministry and served with NET Youth Ministries. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary and the University of Toronto. He was ordained a priest in June 1995, elected Superior General of the Companions of the Cross in 2006, and re-elected for a second term in 2012.
On April 8, 2016, Fr. McCaig was appointed bishop by Pope Francis and named the Military Ordinary of Canada. The Military Ordinariate has 23 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 13,400 served by 41 diocesan priests, one priest who is member of a religious institute, eight permanent deacons and 40 lay pastoral assistants. Fr. McCaig was ordained bishop in Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa on May 31, 2016.
Bishop McCaig serves on the Board of Renewal Ministries Canada and has participated in missionary outreach to over 15 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. He also serves on the Board of Catholic Christian Outreach and is involved in the spiritual formation of the members of the movement. He regularly assists with training of missionaries with NET Ministries of Canada and is a co-Chaplain to the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests Apostolate in Ottawa.

 

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May 20

Weekly Updates – May 21, 2017

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Who are the Swiss Guards? – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections: Pope Francis prepares for his pilgrimage to Fatima; new recruits are received into the Pontifical Swiss Guards; and the Holy Father ordains new priests for the diocese of Rome.

Bishop Barron on Pride, Humility, and Social Media
A recent article reminds us that social media can be a breeding ground for the unique type of spiritual distortion and dislocation that we traditionally call pride. What made all the difference for her was the arrival of her baby, in all of his densely-textured reality—a reality that she could appropriate only through humility.

WITNESS – His Excellency Scott McCaig, CC, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada
His Excellency, Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, was born on December 12, 1965, in Kamloops, B.C.
After entering into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1987 and obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton University, Ottawa, he joined the Companions of the Cross in 1989. He had previously been involved in youth ministry and served with NET Youth Ministries. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary and the University of Toronto. He was ordained a priest in June 1995, elected Superior General of the Companions of the Cross in 2006, and re-elected for a second term in 2012.
On April 8, 2016, Fr. McCaig was appointed bishop by Pope Francis and named the Military Ordinary of Canada. The Military Ordinariate has 23 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 13,400 served by 41 diocesan priests, one priest who is member of a religious institute, eight permanent deacons and 40 lay pastoral assistants. Fr. McCaig was ordained bishop in Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa on May 31, 2016.
Bishop McCaig serves on the Board of Renewal Ministries Canada and has participated in missionary outreach to over 15 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. He also serves on the Board of Catholic Christian Outreach and is involved in the spiritual formation of the members of the movement. He regularly assists with training of missionaries with NET Ministries of Canada and is a co-Chaplain to the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests Apostolate in Ottawa.
Reunited: A Short Film about Music and the Human Spirit
In this uplifting short film, directed by Max Thurlow and Nick Trumble, Noisey meets 93 year old jazz pianist Edward Hardy. Ed was given a new lease of life and relief from dementia and depression, when his care home discovered he was a talented pianist in his younger days. They reunited him with his ex-band members for a special performance, which proved the power of music for people suffering cognitive disorders.

“Conscience of a Nation” edited by Jacques Monet, SJ (Subject Matters S2.E9)
Discover how the Jesuits in English Canada have contributed to the building of the nation, through their spirituality, schools, works for social justice and ethical consciousness since 1842.

Cardinal Müller talks conscience rights – Vatican Connections
In this week’s episode, we got to sit down with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was in Toronto, Canada, to speak on the right to express one’s conscience based on religious convictions. We also look back at the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, for the centenary of the Marian apparitions.
Development and Peace: 50 Years of Solidarity – Perspectives Weekly
Explore the extraordinary 50 year journey of Development and Peace with guests Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ and Anne-Marie Jackson, two long-time members and integral figures in the organization. Founded by the Canadian Bishops as an independent, lay, grassroots organization in 1967, D&P takes a unique approach to aid: working with partners in the Global South to enable peoples to be the protagonists in their own development. D&P seeks to educate the Canadian population about the causes of poverty and mobilize them towards actions for change. Hosted by Sebastian Gomes.

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May 13

Weekly Updates – May 14, 2017

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The Pope Video 05-2017 – Christians in Africa – May 2017
Africa is a continent full of life, with a great cultural and religious patrimony. We cannot abandon it. Let us join our voices to the voice of the African peoples.

WITNESS – Kate Hennessy. Author, granddaughter of Dorothy Day
In his historic address to a special joint session of the US Congress on September 24, 2015, Pope Francis singled out four great Americans. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Merton, and Kate Hennessy’s grandmother, Dorothy Day, a rebellious Catholic from Manhattan who, in the depths of the Great Depression, co-founded the Catholic Worker movement and the Catholic Worker newspaper, both of which continue to this day. Dorothy was a journalist and socialist whose conversion at age 30 propelled her into fierce advocacy for the poor and civil disobedience through World War II, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. In Pope Francis’ address to Congress, he praised Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement for her “passion for justice.” Kate Hennessy is a writer and the youngest of Dorothy Day’s nine grandchildren. She has worked in collaboration with the photographer Vivian Cherry on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance, and her writing has appeared in Best American Travel Writing. Kate attended New York University and the School for International Training in Vermont. She has traveled and worked around the world, including as a counselor at an international summer camp in the former USSR, and as an ESL Teacher in Guatemala and India. She has also worked as a curator at a small Vermont museum and has walked 750 kilometers on el Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Kate lives in Vermont with her husband. In this very personal interview, Kate speaks with Fr. Thomas Rosica about her remarkable, extraordinary and yet ordinary grandmother.

Cardinal Collins interview on sexual addiction
Paola Fraietta, a youth minister from Blessed Trinity Parish in Toronto, interviews Cardinal Thomas Collins about the harms of pornography and sexual addiction. The discussion took place on February 15, 2017, in advance of special event at the parish featuring author and speaker Matt Fradd. To learn more about Matt Fradd’s ministry and learn tools for overcoming an addiction to pornography.

What to expect from the Pope’s trip to Egypt – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections, we look at what we can expect from the Holy Father’s apostolic trip to Cairo (Egypt), and we talk to Deborah Castellano Lubov on what makes the Easter season at the Vatican so special.

Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins Episode 1006 – Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25: 31-46)
Season 10, Episode 6. Reflections on on Matthew 25: 31-46.
The Lectio Divina discourses given by Cardinal Thomas Collins are meant to work as a series of reflections. Visit https://www.archtoronto.org/lectio for more information and links to past seasons and episodes.

Catholic blogging: a help or a hindrance – Perspectives Weekly
Rocco Palmo is a blogger. And an impassioned one at that. Rocco is the man behind Whispers in the Loggia, arguably perhaps the most referenced Catholic blog in the English language. This week Rocco joins S+L producer Kris Dmytrenko and Perspectives host Pedro Guevara Mann for a round table on the merits and perceived deficiencies of the Catholic blogosphere.
But they’re not the only ones making this assessment. The time is ripe for this discussion.
In one historic stroke, Archbishop Claudio Celli and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications held the first annual four-hour symposium for bloggers around the world.
So what do you think about Catholic blogging? Is it a help or a hindrance to the mission of the Church?

Should the Church be poor? – Perspectives Weekly
Does your church have a crying room for babies and young families? Are your kids going to World Youth Day? Do you have regular coffee socials? If you answered yes to most of these questions, chances are you are not in Whitehorse or rural Newfoundland.
Canadian Catholics who live “off of the grid” so to speak (away from Canadian city centres) have a completely different experience of the Church than the rest of us.
This week, host Pedro Guevara Mann is joined by Bishop Gary Gordon of Whitehorse, Yukon and Archbishop Martin Currie of St. John’s (and also Bishop of Grand Falls), Newfoundland. The two bishops will tell us how they have learned to be faithful in small things- that is-being good stewards of the amount they have been given.
Some Catholics (and the world at large) are critical of the material wealth of the Church as made manifest in our sometimes ornate Cathedrals. To these people, Bishop Gary says that the trouble with money is not possessing it but letting it possess you. Money (directed by good will) builds hospitals, feeds the hungry and clothes the naked. The key word here is good will.
Join us for a thoughtful reflection on the camel-needle phenomenon in a featured chat with these two Canadian bishops. It’s a discussion you won’t want to miss!

“One Ordinary Sunday” by Paula Huston (Subject Matters: S2.E8)
Award-winning novelist Paula Huston guides the reader through an ordinary Sunday Mass, explaining the gestures and symbols to reawaken a sense of mystery.

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