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Read Well and Live

Deacon Koehr delivered a version of this homily for the men preparing to receive the Ministry of Lector this year.  He preached at the Holy Hour for the candidates preceding their Installation Mass. One of the most exhilarating movies in Hollywood history is a film called Ben-Hur.  I’m talking about the 1959 version with Charlton […]

Hope in the Face of Darkness

The seminary community joined the faithful of the Archdiocese at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul this past Friday, September 14, 2018, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross for a holy hour of reparation.  Nearly all if not all the pews of the Cathedral Basilica were filled.  Most of the seminarians […]

Empathy: Encountering the Heart

When I was younger I have often heard my teachers correct someone when they would confuse empathy with sympathy. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines sympathy as “feelings of concern or compassion resulting from an awareness of the suffering or sorrow of another” and empathy as “understanding a person from his or her frame of […]

Professor Andreas Widmer

Entrepreneurship and Vocation: An Interview with Professor Andreas Widmer

When a person takes his first job, he may not know exactly where it will lead him one day.  At least such was the case with Andreas Widmer, whose experience as a Swiss Guard for Pope Saint John Paul II (and witness to this pope’s tremendous leadership qualities) guided him to be a successful entrepreneur, […]

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Candle of Eternal Fame

I venture to say you and I have something in common. When we were children, I bet at least one birthday candle held the wish “I want to be famous!” It is natural in our environment where we know more about our favorite movie star than we do members of our own family. We want […]