Archbishop Lori’s Homilies

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time; Installation of Father Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R.

In this is the most important work of any pastor or priest: to gather in God’s people, to share with them the Lord’s redeeming love, to offer them a place at the Lord’s Eucharistic Table, and to implant in the heart of each one the joy of a Zacchaeus who rejoiced to encounter the Lord,...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time; Monsignor Valenzano Award Mass

Every house needs a foundation and we find that foundation in today’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom where we read how God created the world out the fullness of his love and how he continues to watch over and protect all that he has made, most especially we human beings, who are the...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre; Conferral of Promotions and Memorial Mass

The human memory is a wonderful thing. It enables us not only to recall names and faces and pertinent information, but also to remember the persons and events that we regard as important, if not crucial, for the course our lives have taken.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre – Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy; Ceremony of Investiture and Solemn Eucharistic Liturgy

Just as Mary had conceived the her divine Son in the power of the Spirit and walked with him, even if from afar, as his first and best disciple, so now Mary accompanies the Apostles to the Upper Room where the mission of the Church to spread the Gospel will be quickened by the Spirit...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Installation of Father Brian Nolan

From prayer, good preaching, and joyful celebration of the Sacraments the mission of the Church is takes on strength – not mere human energy but the strength and power of the Holy Spirit.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

This evening, we share a further cause for special gratitude to God as in this liturgy we experience the beautiful expressions of faith of the Laguna tribe.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of St. John XXIII; Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

Today we celebrate the feast of St. John XXIII, the endearing “interim” Pope, who was supposed to give the Church a ‘breather’ but instead, by deciding to convoke the II Vatican Council, opened the way for the Holy Spirit to breathe anew upon the Church so as to bring about an authentic renewal of the...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Diocese of Toledo

Amid the din and clamor of our times, may you hear each day the call of the Holy Spirit to place yourselves at the service of your God, your Church, and your fellow citizens. 
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of the Guardian Angels; Mass of Discernment

Perhaps our angels are not as famous as Gabriel nor even as famous as the angel Clarence in Frank Capra’s movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Nonetheless, our angels are attending us, just as surely as they attended Jesus, and they are delivering to your minds and hearts a message from God, a message of audacious...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Funeral Mass for Archbishop Harry J. Flynn

No discussion of Archbishop Flynn’s life would be complete without mentioning his warm and loving devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Filipino Fiesta

When we do stand before Christ, we will be asked, like the manager in today’s Gospel, “to give an account of our stewardship”, that is to say, to account for how we used our time, our talents, our treasure, and most of all, how we used the many gifts and graces that the Holy Spirit...
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Archbishop Lori’s Address: Deacon Convocation; Turf Valley

First, let me say how happy I am to be among you and to have the opportunity first and foremost to thank you for your ministry, to thank you, the wives and your families, for sharing in this ministry of diakonia, and to offer a few reflections before taking time for your observations and questions. 
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of Saint Matthew; Deacon Convocation

In words set before us in today’s liturgy, let us beg the intercession of St. Matthew as we seek to deepen our faith and prepare ourselves for the New Evangelization: O God, who with untold mercy were pleased to choose as an Apostle Saint Matthew, the tax collector, grant that, sustained by his example and...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mass of the Holy Spirit

You will find here heroic goodness even in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods. You will discover here a wealth of history and culture and neighborhoods that are flourishing with young people and new life.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Faith Fest

In the Gospel, we heard of the lost sheep and the lost coin, powerful images of ourselves when we stray from friendship with God. How are we like lost sheep or like lost coins? It’s like this: Neither sheep nor coins can find themselves once lost; someone has to find them.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time; 125th Anniversary of Notre Dame of Maryland University

It is not the wisdom of the world but God’s wisdom that has enabled more than 22,000 alumnae and alumni to go out into the world and make a difference. In the reading from the Book of Wisdom the author reminds us that behind every work of art and literature, behind the words of every...
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