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Calling out Goat Cheese Evangelization

I attended a new outreach event that the Archdiocese put on at Frankford Hall in Fishtown the other week. Food and beer galore, a packed house, unique music, young priests — it ended up being the place to be for a younger Catholic in the area. It was kicked off by Archbishop with an opening […]

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Digital signs of devotion

Yesterday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced an innovative way to bring devotion into the digital world – the Religious Signs for Families app.  Touted as “a delightful and engaging way to learn ASL (American Sign Language),” the mobile tool offers everything “from signs for religious words and actions to everyday words and prayers.” The app […]

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A Lesson in Perseverance from Pope Benedict XVI

As we hear of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s health concerns, I remember when I was able to see him and what I learned. In eighth grade, back in 2009 (I know I’m young), I got to go to Rome with my family for Holy week and attend a few of the liturgies which Benedict celebrated. As […]

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Can Girls Really be in Boy Scouts?

On October 11, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that they would be allowing girls into the Cub Scout program beginning in January 2018, as well as preparing a new program for girls that would allow them to earn the rank of Eagle. With this news, as has happened so often in the recent […]

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IDK as a communications strategy

In text-lingo, the caps mean “I don’t know” – which doesn’t sound like much of a communications strategy!  For most leaders, an admission of ignorance suggests a deficiency.  When Pope Francis says it, though, it seems to bolster his image and discloses his appeal as a communicator. At least that’s the claim made by Fr. […]

Remembering God’s Deeds in Our Lives

Since entering the seminary and incorporating the Liturgy of the Hours into my spiritual life I’ve begun to realize how essential the psalms are for prayer. One of my favorites is Psalm 92 – the following is a small excerpt from it: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music to […]