Holy Stuff! They’re Better Known As Sacramentals

It was during renovations to our house that a young worker came across a large box filled with religious articles. The young man examined the contents for a moment, and then asked, “Hey, lady, where should I put this box of holy stuff?”

Remembering Former Director of Black Ministry

A few days after attending the National Black Catholic Congress, which was attended by over 2,000 delegates representing the African Diasporas from the United States and some dioceses representing Africa, the Caribbean, the military and Rome, I placed a call to an old friend, John Baynes.

Year of Vocations: Reawaken the Call

by Father Sean M. Suckiel

Pope Francis’ vision in his pontificate seeks to reawaken the Church by reclaiming the sense of mission in the hearts of all its followers once again.

Introduction to New York Was Fast and Furious

My first week in the United States was not without its fair share of action and drama. Any new visitor to the U.S. would relish the thought of seeing sights imprinted in the minds of the rest of the world thanks to American films and television. But I had a slightly off-beat experience.

Our Seniors Are the Mainstay of the Church

by Sister Constance Veit, l.s.p.

I recently participated in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Fla. The purpose of this unprecedented encounter between U.S. bishops and laity was to study what Pope Francis has termed the “new peripheries” and to form missionary disciples.

50 Years Later, Summer Of Love Is Still Relevant

by Rita Piro

Fifty years ago this month, America was in the midst of the Summer of Love, a morally repugnant source of anxiety for most adults, but a new and exciting concept of freedom for most young people.

Learning to Live in a Pluralistic Society

The Little Sisters have spent the last several years in the limelight due to our Supreme Court case over the HHS contraceptive mandate. We have received valuable support and encouragement from many sources.

Celebrating 3,315 Years Of Jubilee Joy

by Sister Maryann Lopiccolo, S.C.

This is the text of a talk delivered during the Jubilee Mass for Religious Brothers and Sisters, celebrated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, May 21.

Reflections of a Grateful Diocesan Co-Worker

by Gerald Tortorella

As has been reported in these pages, I will retire later this year as the Director of the Pastoral Institute of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s School of Evangelization. I was honored at the recent Commissioning Ceremony and honored with the National Association for Lay Ministry’s Spirit of the Conference Award. Now it is my turn to recognize and honor those persons who accompanied me along this journey.