Father John A. Kiley
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An old adage instructs, “As we pray, so we believe.” On this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, it is certainly worthwhile to look carefully at the contemporary Church to analyze how … more
One line of Scripture that makes Roman Catholics easy prey for fundamentalist Christians is Christ’s demand in St. Matthew’s Gospel account: “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one … more
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens caused quite a stir a month ago when he proposed in a New York Times Op-Ed piece “…a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment.” … more
Father Peter J. Gibbons, once pastor of St. Teresa Parish in Providence, was among the first priests to come under the Diocese of Providence clergy retirement policy in the 1970s. Father Gibbons, … more
Like most old people, I wake up very early, usually 5 a.m. My morning coffee is already perking, set the night before on automatic timer. Perhaps I’ll have a slice of toast. But then I take my cup … more
Catholic education has been part of the Church’s ministry since Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after his resurrection. “Go, therefore, and teach all nations,” Jesus instructs his … more
The Vatican, with the approval of Pope Francis, recently issued a document entitled “Placuit Deo” dealing with certain faulty trends in modern religious thought that are familiar to most … more
While the Franciscans and the Dominicans were busy evangelizing South America and French Jesuits were converting the Hurons of Quebec and Ontario, other zealous Jesuits were reaching out to the … more
The Woonsocket Call caused quite a stir recently when the local newspaper highlighted the questionable future of some of the city’s older parishes. No one sympathizes more with the parishioners … more
The splendor of Easter is rightly reflected in the decorative elegance of even the humblest parish church. Budding tulips, blossoming azaleas, blooming hydrangeas and emblematic lilies accompany the … more
Slightly more than a stone’s throw from my family home in Woonsocket are two parishes of Ukrainian heritage. St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church is located on Blackstone Street, and, just yards … more
Retired priests engaged as part time help at a number of parishes, active pastors administering two adjacent parishes, and one or two priestly ordinations a year are unavoidable indications that … more
Winston Churchill, certainly one of the great figures of the Twentieth Century, has recently been portrayed in two motion pictures concerning an epic event during World War II. About 400,000 British … more
Just before Christmas Pope Francis “tweeted” a brief holy day reflection: “Without love, both life and faith are worthless.” And certainly it is true that a faith life lived without love can … more
The Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence was brought into line with the liturgical directives of Vatican II by Bishop Russell J. McVinney in 1970-71. During the extensive renovation, as well … more
A number of Woonsocket civil officials, educators, foster parents, clergy and interested neighbors met recently at the invitation of the Rhode Island Department of Children and their Families (DCYF) … more
Over 50 years ago, when I was a seminarian at St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, New York, Christine Jorgensen, the first American to undergo a sex change operation, made a guest appearance at … more
Although I am well into my retirement years, I am still known among the family as “Johnny Boy.” My grandfather was “John;” my uncle was “Jack;” so my parents settled on “Johnny Boy” … more
St. Mark does not lose any time in introducing his readers to the power of evil and specifically to the power of the Evil One. After only 23 verses into his Gospel, the evangelist writes, “Now … more
The early Protestant reformers — Zwingli, Calvin and Cranmer especially — wisely insisted that all tokens of the old religion — altars, statues, rosaries, relics, pilgrimages, even saints and … more
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