Letter from Archbishop Lori Regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

Letter from Archbishop Lori Former Bishop of Bridgeport Read at all Masses on Sunday, Dec. 16, at St. Rose of Lima Parish Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Along with you, and along with the rest of our nation and, indeed, the rest of the world, I was shocked and horrified to learn of what...
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Catholic Review Column: What the Lord Wants for Christmas

As you read this column, you are probably in the throes of Christmas shopping. No doubt you’ve made your list and checked it twice – all in an effort to find appropriate gifts for spouses, children, friends, and colleagues. After all, gift-giving, especially at Christmas, is more than a superficial social obligation. Our gifts should...
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Catholic Review Column: Merzbacher Case

The Baltimore Sun recently wrote an article recounting the horrible abuse committed by John Merzbacher, a former school teacher who terrorized students in the 1970s at Catholic Community School in South Baltimore. The Sun’s story did not break new ground, but rather it re-told a tragic story that the pages of the Catholic Review and...
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First Sunday of Advent

I. Introduction Dear friends in Christ: Welcome to Advent! Today not only begins a new season of grace in the Church, a time of preparation and expectation for Christmas, but it actually begins a new year in the life of the Church too: the Year of Grace 2013. So Happy New Year! Also, we are...
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Candidacy – Permanent Diaconate

I. Introduction Dear friends, these men, who are husbands, fathers, classmates, and friends are recommended as candidates for the permanent diaconate. Allow me to address a few words to them as they are formally declared candidates for Holy Orders and resolve to continue wholeheartedly their diaconal formation. II. The Year of Faith This moment of...
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Catholic Review Column: Great Expectations

Charles Dickens’ classic, Great Expectations, opens on Christmas Eve. It introduces us to Pip, an orphan who was being raised by his sister and her husband. As a boy, Pip didn’t think he’d amount to much but his chance encounter with a convict (Magwitch) and with a rich elderly woman (Miss Havisham) and her daughter...
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Catholic Review Column: Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving marks my first as Archbishop of Baltimore. Though I have only been in the Archdiocese for six months, it has been easy for me to see there is much for which to be thankful in this local Church. I am thankful for the good and holy priests, deacons and consecrated religious who give...
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Mid-Year Meeting of State Deputies and State Chaplains of the Knights of Columbus: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

I. Introduction Many people in this room, my age and older, will remember that, years ago, Saint Michael the Archangel was invoked in prayers after Mass. These prayers were called the “Leonine Prayers,” after Pope Leo XIII. He is said to have seen a great vision of the activity of the devil in the world,...
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Mid-Year Meeting of State Deputies and State Chaplains of the Knights of Columbus: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

I. Introduction Sometimes we tend to think that holiness is something we can work on when we’re older, far off in the indeterminate future. After all, right now we’re so busy, endlessly occupied with the pressing demands of our professional lives or the day-to-day responsibilities of our priestly ministry. But when we start to think...
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Mid-Year Meeting of State Deputies and State Chaplains of the Knights of Columbus: A Holiness That Evangelizes

I. Introduction Thank you, Worthy Supreme Knight! Even though I am a “Johnny-come-lately” to this particular meeting, this is one of my favorite Knights of Columbus meetings – when you come together as brother bishops and priests who serve the Order as State Chaplains for a time of priestly fraternity and to deep our understanding...
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Mid-Year Meeting of State Deputies and State Chaplains of the Knights of Columbus: Votive Mass for the New Evangelization

I. In the Days of Their Ancestors Worthy Supreme Knight, Brother Bishops and Priests, Worthy State Deputies, and dear friends in Christ, at the risk of repeating myself, allow me to share with you this morning a story of evangelization and faith which I shared with the Board at one of its meetings earlier this...
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Catholic Review Column: Election Thoughts and Giving Thanks

Now What? The election is over and from the Church’s perspective the results were mixed. The law known as the DREAM Act was upheld, giving immigrant students the same opportunities to achieve their dreams through education. The Church had advocated for its passage because we believe it gives children the best chance to fulfill their...
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