Archbishop Lori’s Homilies

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of St. Martin de Porres; Knights of Columbus Mid-Year Meeting

While he lived on this earth, [St. Martin de Porres] followed the admonition of Jesus in today’s Gospel. In the banquet of life he took the lowest seat at the table. Overjoyed to be at the banquet, he chose to sit with the poor, the sick, and the vulnerable. And, at that end of the table,...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Monday, 30th Week; St. Mary’s Seminary

In these days we are reading a portion of St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that exhorts us to conduct ourselves as authentic followers of Christ. At first glance, though, the rules he sets down seem strict, almost as if they are designed to take the joy out of life.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 50th Anniversary St. Isaac Jogues

An anniversary year rightly celebrates past accomplishments but it must also be a point of departure for a future full of hope. And in this moment we rightly find ourselves once again engaging in pastoral planning, focusing on the mission of evangelization, and looking at the mission priorities that will continue to make St. Isaac Jogues...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Investiture Mass, Order of the Holy Sepulchre

If only we are willing, with the help of Mary’s prayers, to engage in the struggle against temptation and against sin in our Church and in our world – if only we cling to Mary, then those places in our hearts and in our culture, thought of as God-forsaken, will bloom with that newness of...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Red Mass, “Beyond Civility”

If we want to have civility in society, then let us beware of reducing everything to partisan politics. For the places where civility is fostered are in fact pre-political institutions, like the home, the family, the school, church, sports, and other free associations.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time; St. Joseph Monastery

Only a humility rooted in the truth and love of Jesus can make us servants who are ready to do whatever is necessary to rebuild God’s Household, his Church.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time; 50th Anniversary, Annunciation Parish, Rosedale

In celebrating this parish anniversary, we really celebrate not so much the bricks and mortar that surround us, but rather the humble, loving deeds of mercy and goodness that envelop us, deeds performed by countless parishioners throughout these past fifty years, acts of service and love recorded in no history books, recounted in no oral tradition,...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Priests’ Convocation; St. Ignatius of Antioch

Paul calls us to a radical change of heart, the crucifixion of our flesh and its desires coupled with the opening of our hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who changes our hearts to resemble the Christ of the Beatitudes, such that our lives and the communities we shape...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Annual White Mass

Today we are blessed by the presence of many medical professionals and especially by the leadership of the Catholic Medical Association. Thank you for the way you go about curing us in body, mind, and spirit. Thank you for plying your professions in imitation of Jesus, the Divine Physician.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Charleston, WV

Although I am officially designated by the Pope as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, I shall strive simply to be your “interim pastor” as you await the appointment of a new bishop. And even if the circumstances that brought me here are indeed difficult, it is a pleasure to serve you and the Catholic...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Professional Development Day; Ministry of Catholic Education, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

I am very happy for the opportunity to express my gratitude to all of you who carry forward the ministry of Catholic education in this Diocese. Day in and day out you devote your time, energy, talent, and skill in helping to form new generations to be men and women of faith who will also be...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mass in Honor of San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod

After three nights of prayer and reflection, we have gathered here at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for this Holy Mass honoring two beloved Filipino saints, San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Blue Mass

It is a true pleasure and an honor for me to celebrate this annual Blue Mass in which we honor and pray for the First Responders in our community – the Police, Firefighters, EMS personnel, and other services.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital 50th Anniversary

I am delighted to be here today at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital to celebrate Mass with you as you celebrate your 50th anniversary. I warmly greet Bradley Chambers, your President, the Board of Directors, Bishop Madden, Auxiliary Bishop and a member of the Board, and my brother priests who are here in good number. My warm greetings...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The goal of this investigation is to arrive at the truth and justice for the good of individuals involved and for the common good of the Church we love. Please pray for an abundance of God’s wisdom that this process may proceed in a manner that is just, thorough, efficient, and above all, a source...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: St. James 150th Anniversary, Boonsboro, MD

We cannot let a day such as this pass without mentioning the names of Dr. Otho Smith and his son Dr. Josiah Smith, who were instrumental in building the first brick chapel here on the western side of South Mountain. Nor can we omit the name of Fr. John Jones who served as the first spiritual...
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