As anyone growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s can tell you, it was hard not to notice and be impressed by the Reverend Billy Graham. There was no question that the Dolans were a Catholic family, firm in our faith, but in our household there was always respect and admiration for Billy Graham and the work he was doing to bring people to God. Whether it was one of his famous Crusades, radio programs, television specials, or meeting and counseling the presidents, Billy Graham seemed to be everywhere, always with the same message: Jesus is your Savior, and…
On Monday I had the honor of addressing a luncheon in support of the Police Athletic League (PAL). Here’s a copy of my remarks.
Police Athletic League
Thanks, everybody! It is an honor and a joy to be with you!
My nine years as archbishop of New York have taught me a high regard for the Police Athletic League. This pleasant luncheon gives me the chance to praise the PAL, to thank those who lead and direct it, and to salute those good people – – here you are – – who support it.
Come to think of it, the PAL…
They’re calling it a “conflict” for Catholics, leaving many wondering what to do.
I’m referring to the fact that Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day both occur on the same time this year, and that’s this Wednesday.
What’s a Catholic to do, many wonder. Both are significant days in our Catholic calendar. The conflict comes because Ash Wednesday is a somber day of prayer and penance – – no meat, light meals, no snacking between meals – – and St. Valentine’s Day is a festive occasion – – chocolates, going out, and usually a nice meal with drinks.
The answer is that…
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…