The Vicar’s Visage

A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words.  Not always. But at least as many words have been used to comment on the pope’s seemingly dour countenance in his meeting with the U.S. president.  Past photos from comparable state visits have been posted to suggest a contrarian, if not downright sinister, take on this […]

2017 Concursus Address: “Why are we here?”

Archbishop Chaput, Justice Alito, Bishops, Priests and Religious, Administration and Faculty, Brother Seminarians, Family and Friends, Why are we here? This was the question posed to us at the beginning of the school year and one that we have been asked to ponder. If you will permit me, I would like to attempt an answer. […]


“Castaway” and Letting Go

When things begin to get tough the question of “what if I just give up and turn around?” seems to come to mind. Giving up seems to be the best decision at hand. It would be the easiest route, and, I mean, what’s the point of finishing this silly tough task anyway, right? I felt this […]


Phigiting in Church

Troublesome toddlers are routine fodder for commentary on church-going etiquette.  Should they have a place in the pew or be sequestered for the peace of the rest of the congregation?  Is their crying out loud a distraction that creates angst for parents and pray-ers, or a sublime disclosure of the divine voice, as Pope Francis […]

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Faith, Family, and Religious Freedom: A Conversation with Justice Samuel Alito

It might seem like a long journey from an an Italian household in Trenton, New Jersey to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. But it is one which Samuel A. Alito, Jr. has taken, and with great success. There were many stops along the way, of course. Those stops were quite varied, from studying along […]

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Angry Atheists and Closed-minded Christians

“Debates” about God’s existence between famous atheists and theists must take up half of all videos on YouTube. There’s hundreds of videos, each with millions of views, and I think that there’s two common threads in most of them: 1. the atmosphere of the “debates” is intense – there’s a lot of anger and hurt […]


Interview Wednesday – Fr. David Friel

SemCasual Podcast is pleased to bring you “Interview Wednesdays”, where we sit down and talk with exciting guests about everything from the grassroots of their faith to the passions that drive their creativity and enterprises, in short, the things that make them who they are! In this week’s episode, we sit down with Fr. David […]