• Reverend Martin A. Vallely
    May 31, 2010 Reply

    I am a priest of the Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and was ordained 30 years ago earlier this month.

    I was directed, by the latest post of my good friend Rocco, to the presentation which you made at the Seminary in Maynooth last week.

    I thank you for an absolute masterpiece; and I shall be praying over it and acting on it for quite a while to come.

    Thank you again, and God’s blessings on the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland, in which I observe that Archbishop Collins (who started out as a priest of our Diocese, taught me in the Seminary, and whom I admire beyond measure) will also be participating.

    Father Martin Vallely

  • Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
    June 1, 2010 Reply

    My prayers for you and for all in this undertaking. If we are truly the Body of Christ, then we must truly and literally “re-member” the Body of Christ and that is ultimately what you are about to do.

  • Father Michael Fritsch
    June 2, 2010 Reply

    This may not be the best place to ‘post’ but, I simply ask for your prayers, Archbishop Dolan, on the occasion of my 25th anniversary of Ordination. I first met you at Fr. Joe Villa’s diaconate ordination in Rome in ’96 and again at Fr. Jonathon Meyers diaconate in ’02. I serve in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. You gave our priests a great day of recollection some years back as well. Blessings on your ministry. Keep up the good fight!
    Fr. Michael Fritsch.

  • Vincent Sherlock
    June 3, 2010 Reply

    I was in Maynooth last week and had the very good fortune (and blessing) to hear your words. I have since added them to our Diocesan Website Well done – a powerful, motivated and motivating presentation. The Catholic Communications Office has some video excerpts from your talk on its site May God bless you in your continued work with the church here in Ireland.

  • Fr. Martin Linebach
    June 3, 2010 Reply


    I had the pleasure of reading your address to Saint Patrick’s in Maynooth. It was a joy to read and an even greater joy to use as a tool for prayerful meditation. I have recently been appointed the pastor of Saint Patrick Parish and begin on June 16th. As I arrive, I will remember your good counsel and simply be with the good people there. I will also pray for the Lord to help me grow in holiness.

    Thank you for your generous, charitable and intelligent service to our Church. And for being a model of priestly life and ministry rooted in joy, trust and humility.

    God bless you,
    Fr. Martin Linebach
    Archdiocese of Louisville

  • Larry
    June 7, 2010 Reply

    I would think that an American bishop’s time would be better spent making an apostolic visitation to each one of his own parishes, unnannounced and quietly, on weekly confession day. He should slip in a side door and observe from the shadows just how few people come to confess their sins on a regular basis–in other words, how few people in that parish are likely to be on the road to heaven. Then the bishop could have a talk with that pastor as to what can be done–on an emergency basis–to remind the people that to neglect the Sacraments, particularly confession, is to court deadly danger for their eternal souls.
    As for the apostolic vistation to Ireland, I sincerely hope it doesn’t result in the Irish Church becoming more like its U.S. counterpart, which is characterized more and more by the spiritual slackertude of the laity and the complacency of the priests and bishops in dealing with the same.

  • Patricia A Barnett
    June 9, 2010 Reply

    Larry …. really do you think an American Archbishop should be lurking the shadows tallying the fathful in the confessional line rather then spreading the joy, hope and promise each day brings us.
    You may want to consider that you have your own inventory to conduct, as I seem to recall a quote along the lines of motes and beams in peoples eyes. Look for the joy in each day that is a gift to you.. have a beautiful day and may your journey be one of wonder, faith and blessings.

  • Andy Piacente
    June 18, 2010 Reply

    I agree with the spirit of what Larry is saying considering that 75% of Catholics used to attend weekly Mass in America, now only 23% do. Confession? Hardly anyone believes in this most important Sacrament anymore yet the 23% all get up in time to receive our Lord at Mass in what Father Peter Stravinskas called “The great emptying of the pews.”

    Want to make a good Priest laugh? Ask him how many people show up for Confession as opposed to the amount of those that receive our Lord at Sunday Mass.

    Help us Bishop Dolan.

    AndyP/Doria2 Yonkers, NY

  • Steven Pearson
    June 30, 2010 Reply

    Larry, I understand your frustrations, but believe me The Church in the USA is in a much healthier state than here in Ireland, and we will be only borrowing the Archbishop for a matter of months. The Church here can be compared to the US Church in the 70s and 80s. Michael Rose’s Book “Good bye, Good Men” is very relevant to our seminary. Irish Men have to leave the country to get a proper formation. Your orthodox seminaries are now thrieving and you have strong leaders, and beautiful new orders are springing up in the US, as well as the tremendous grace of EWTN. We badly need the Archbishop in Ireland, and we very much welcome his appointment. May God continue to bless your work Archbishop & and Our Blessed Mother guide and protect you.

  • Jason Bruggeman
    July 8, 2010 Reply

    Wow, what an honor – Archbishop Dolan! You are very inspiring to the Holy Father, and he seems to really like you. 🙂


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