Last Wednesday, January 3, I had the joyful opportunity to offer the prayer opening the New York State Senate’s first session of the legislative year. I am grateful to Senator John Flanagan, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Senator Jeff Klein for their warm welcome and hospitality. Here’s the prayer I offered. (more…)
As is my annual tradition, I celebrated Mass yesterday for the inmates at Taconic Correctional Facility in anticipation of Christmas. After the Mass was concluded, I blessed a plaque in honor of Sister Antonia Maguire, a Franciscan Sister, who ministered to the inmates at the facility for about five decades. Sister Antonia recently died, and what follows is a moving tribute to her by Sister Laura, her Provincial.
God Won the Toss
“Go and preach the gospel… when necessary, use words.” (Saint Francis of Assisi)
She didn’t want to go; she didn’t know how to turn down such an…
Father Andrew Apostoli embodied Franciscan spirituality, and was as dedicated a priest as any I have ever known. That sentiment was shared by my predecessors who loved him as well.
The Formation of the
National Catholic War Council
The Origin of the USCCB
Happy 100th Anniversary, my brother bishops, members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops! Welcome especially to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and our nuncio, Archbishop Christoph Pierre. Thanks for your interest in the historic origins of our conference.
I realize that a danger of asking an historian to explain the development of something is always dicey because we tend to go back to Adam and Eve! I promise I won’t… but this all didn’t start in 1917. See, we bishops in the United States have…
Even two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, the images and stories of the devastation in Puerto Rico continue to move our entire nation. We here in New York feel a special closeness to the people of Puerto Rico, as so many of us have friends, families, and loved ones with ties to that beautiful island. Boriqueños make up a cherished part of the Catholic family of the archdiocese.
I do have a bit of good news. After nearly two weeks of trying, I was finally able to reach Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez, the Archbishop of San Juan, and can report that…
I’d like to share with you a column I wrote about our duty, as Americans and as people of faith, to welcome the stranger:
One of the most vivid memories of my childhood was the arrival of four religious sisters — nuns — from Ireland, who were coming to my hometown of Ballwin, Missouri to begin teaching in the brand-new grammar school of Holy Infant parish.
I was only 7 years old, but I will never forget the extraordinary lengths our entire community went to in order to make these newcomers, these strangers, these immigrants, feel welcome and at home.
That imperative to…
Statement of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on the Retirement of Bishop Walsh
Today, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, accepted the retirement of Bishop Gerald Walsh from the office of auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of New York.
Bishop Walsh has served this archdiocese for 50 years, as parish priest, pastor, Director of Family and Children Services of Catholic Charities, Rector of Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Vicar for Development, and Secretary to Cardinal John O’Connor.
As required by Canon Law, Bishop Walsh submitted to Pope Francis his letter offering his retirement on the occasion of his 75th birthday this past April. I am grateful that our Holy Father took…
I was just catching up on my reading when I came across this excellent article by John L. Allen Jr. from July 30th, and I wanted to share it with you. Here’s an excerpt:
Since the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, every religious minority in the region has suffered, with Christians leading the pack because of their numbers and visibility. A variety of international groups, including the U.S. government, has recognized those Christians as victims of “genocide.”
The devastation has been staggering. In Iraq in 2003, there were an…