Wednesday morning here in Beirut. Lebanon is an example to the whole world of how when different ethnic groups and different religions work together, there can be peace and stability. I would love for you to be able to see what we are seeing here… the freshness, the vigor, the youth, the vitality of the Christian faith that gives the refugees here hope, what the Church is doing to help, and the longing of these people.
It’s been another great day everybody! Thanks for checking in. We started the day at the Melkite Catholic Cathedral, then visited the magnificent School of Saint Rita. From there were went to a soup kitchen and a refugee camp. Once again I leave so grateful for the work that the Church does, and thank you for your support of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, so visible here in Lebanon.
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…
Today I’m coming to you from the USCCB headquarters in Washington, D.C., where I’m with Father Joseph Corpora, C.S.C. of the Alliance for Catholic Education to talk about Catholic schools. Thanks for tuning in!
Last week we observed “Catholic Schools” Week, a chance to trumpet the acclaimed work of our schools – – which, as one of our elected officials in Albany remarked, “Does twice the good work at half the price” in educating our children – – and to thank our leaders and benefactors for helping us keep them strong.
If last week was a high, this week we’re down, as we’ve had to announce the closing of five schools. Another will transition to an early childhood center in September.
Yes, the somberness is softened some as we recall that these are the first…
On the Campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and Catholic University President John Garvey join me for “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan.”
Here is a great piece on Catholic education from the New York Daily News by Peter Meyer:
Church officials and educators have not given up, and there are numerous initiatives that have been launched in the last 20 years meant to staunch the hemorrhaging. The church’s extensive network of religious orders have picked up some of the educational slack, expanding their networks of schools, especially for the poor…
These are promising initiatives, but in this Holy Season, Catholics should consider their history, especially those times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when they were not the dominant American religion,…
As we begin Catholic Schools Week, let me send an early Valentine to all our wonderful students, teachers, principals, staffs, volunteers, boards, benefactors, parents, parishioners, and clergy who, with God’s grace and the sound heritage we’ve inherited, keep them strong.
We’ve been through a lot of trial. Forty-five years ago, especially as it became obvious that we would soon no longer have the precious resource of a numberless supply of our beloved Sisters, Brothers, and Priests, many predicted the demise of Catholic schools.
My predecessors would not let this happen. Not only were Cardinals Cooke, O’Connor, and Egan personally fervent about…
Pope Francis is an excellent teacher. He’s a classical Jesuit, and has himself taught in high school (chemistry and literature, I hear) in Argentina.
An effective pedagogue sets a few clear goals for his class. “Professor” Francis sure has done so for the Church, for the world, for all God’s children.
Among his goals is a call to love and serve the poor. No surprise, since this is a clear, clean goal of Jesus in the gospels.
This month of January presents us a chance to grow in our love and service of the poor.
January 20th is the birthday of the Reverend…