Standing is an expression of unity in Christ

When the Ukrainian invasion by Russia first occurred six months ago, the prayers of many rightfully begged God for a swift and safe resolution to this unhappy conflict. The neighborhood Ukrainian …

Love takes many forms in the Christian life

The Old Testament Book of Tobit is a fanciful tale of Jewish life about two hundred years before Christ. Prayers, psalms, and aphorisms blend a chilling narrative about persecution with a charming …

The best is yet to come

Robert Browning, John Lennon and Pope Francis. What could a Victorian-era poet, a 20th century rock star and a 21st century pope possibly have in common? Well, I recently discovered something – …

A retired priest’s ministry is never done

The Catholic people of Rhode Island have annually displayed great generosity toward the retired priests of the diocese. Last year a total of $268,000 was donated by parishioners to the Senior …

Working in the same vineyard of the Lord

Sometime ago this e-mail message was received at St. Ambrose Church in Albion where I have been helping with week-end Masses since retirement. The communication reads: “To whom it may concern: …

It’s time for us to dust off our Bibles

The scriptural commentary on the New Testament found in the authorized New American Bible suggests that the Magnificat, traditionally considered to be Mary’s hymn of praise in response to her …

Keep the Eucharist at the center of your life

Another servant of God canonized this past Spring was Blessed Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916). He was an heir, a soldier, a roué, a geographer, a monk and a hermit. St. Charles is an …

Finding Mary and Martha throughout Church history

According to the First Official Directory and Information Guide for the Diocese of Providence (1953), the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary (PM) staffed St. Ambrose school in Albion, St. Vincent …

It’s time for Christians to ‘get a move on’

Josef Ratzinger, later known to the world as Pope Benedict XVI, was born at 4:30am on Holy Saturday, April 28, 1927. Later that same morning, at 8:30am, the future pontiff’s father took the …

Since Hendricken’s arrival, Providence still leads us to Heaven

In the mid-90’s, my classmates and I explored the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul for the first time. St. Catherine Parish’s Director of Religious Education, Martha Capaldi, arranged a …

God’s goodness can be found in 150 years of vocations

Shortly after 10:30 in the morning on the seventh day of July 1872, the 45-year-old Thomas Francis Hendricken entered the sanctuary of the old Cathedral church in Providence. The Providence Visitor, …

The Spirit of the Lord is upon the Diocese of Providence

Worshipers who joyously and gratefully gather at the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul this coming weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Providence will notice …
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Fix Immigration Policy Already

On September 15, two planes landed in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Onboard were 50 undocumented migrants from Venezuela looking to find refuge. This event follows similar stories of …