Bishop Richard G. Henning
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At the meetings of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops last fall, Angel Studios offered a screening of their upcoming film, “Cabrini.” The film relates the remarkable legacy … more
This year, we have been reading from the Gospel of Mark, “a gospel in a hurry.” It moves quickly through the events of Jesus’ ministry, jumping right in at his first proclamation of … more
The Old Testament associates the presence and work of God with the miraculous healing of the sick, the restoration of blind people, deaf people, and lame people to full health. God who is the creator … more
If you attended Catholic school, you probably have the memory of the cold candles touching your neck during the blessing of throats on the Feast of Saint Blaise, February 3. Saint Blaise was a … more
In November, I had the opportunity to attend a meeting with Governor Daniel McKee and his staff concerning his Learn365RI initiative. The Governor explained his deep concern for the young people of … more
The popular Ridley Scott film, “Gladiator,” attracted a great deal of attention back in the year 2000 when it was released. The ads for the film had a dramatic voiceover about “a … more
I hope that the Christmas and New Years celebrations offered all of us a break from routine and time with family and friends. It is good thing to end the year and begin a new one engaged with the … more
Polish Catholics have a 1000-year-old Christmas tradition that I would like to recommend to you. The “oplatek,” or Christmas wafer is a large, rectangular flat wafer made in the same … more
Judge Frank Caprio is something of a Rhode Island institution with a storied career in public service and law. He is also a man of humor, integrity and compassion. Recently, I was sorry to hear his … more
As I write this column, we are already praying the Novena in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Over many years, I have developed a great devotion to Our Lady under this title, and I … more
Have you ever noticed the brilliance of the starlight on a clear night in that last hour or two before the dawn? I have strong memories from childhood, being out with my dad on the bay, clutching the … more
In business, education, politics and sports we crave and seek success. With success comes fame, prosperity, power. The successful set the standard and they bask in the glory. Do people remember the … more
When I was a small child, my mother would walk my siblings and me down to early Mass at the parish on Thanksgiving Day. In those early years, the daily Mass had the usual crowd. Over the years, that … more
This past weekend, I spent Sunday afternoon with the State Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The conference here has been helping people in need for 170 years and counting! I am … more
As I meet with the priests and religious of the Diocese of Providence, I like to ask individuals to share the story of their call to the priesthood or the religious life. The responses are as varied … more
There are things in this world that are worse than death. Chief among them is the loss of one we hold dear. If we are fortunate, we love someone enough that we would risk or even give our lives to … more
The early church spread rapidly across the Mediterranean world. The efficient Roman roads carried missionaries such as Paul and Barnabas. The violent attempts by the Roman Empire to stop the spread … more
On Sunday, I enjoyed a beautiful day on Federal Hill for the Columbus Day festival and parade. After the parade and some wonderful Italian food, I walked back to the Cathedral and happened to meet a … more
A print of a famous Caravaggio painting of Saint Jerome hangs on my office wall. Saint Jerome was a foundational biblical scholar and is recognized as the patron saint of those who study and … more
When God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, Moses feared “looking upon God.” It is not an unreasonable reaction to an encounter with the infinite. Like all human beings, Moses was a … more
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