Father John A. Kiley
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The disastrous summertime rains in Kentucky not only affected that state’s coal mining region, they also had calamitous results of Biblical proportions in another area. The celebrated … more
The Gospel accounts of SS. Matthew, Mark, and Luke as well as a Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians all relate the institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday in words that today are echoed … more
The 45 books in the Old Testament and the 27 books in the New Testament include works of poetry, history, letters, narratives, laws, proverbs, prophecies, even novels, and of course the Gospels. The … more
No, the Maccabees did not run a funeral home on Pine Street in Pawtucket. That family was the McAloons. The Biblical name Maccabee, loosely translated “hammer” denoting ferocity in … more
During this past summer Pope Francis made a much publicized journey to Canada, chiefly Western Canada, where he lamented and atoned for what he termed the “cultural genocide” visited on … more
The Pharisee and the tax collector are presented to the worshipping community in this Sunday’s Gospel as models of prayer: the one to be shunned; the other to be emulated. The Pharisee’s … more
When Martin Luther renounced the Catholic Church’s traditional framework and declared the Bible to be the sole rule of faith, he received a considerable amount of support from the Christian … more
Mass every Sunday was an integral part of my young life, as was true for most and likely all of my neighborhood friends. The 9 a.m. Sunday Mass was the children’s Mass and all were expected to … more
In the depths of the lower library at the former Our Lady of Providence Seminary at Warwick Neck was a book entitled, “The Thirteenth: Greatest of Centuries.” The hefty tome was authored … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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: … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
The taking of the Blessed Cup at a Catholic Mass is just as important to the full meaning of the sacrament as the reception of the Sacred Host. The Body must be eaten and the Blood must be drunk, at … more
Probably the most often repeated words within the Christian community are: “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Every liturgical celebration and each pious … more
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