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The steamship that changed the history of the Hartford Diocese

On Jan. 23, 1856, the SS Pacific set off on its voyage from Liverpool to New York. This was a typical journey for the wooden steamer, which was considered one of the premier ships of her day. She had ...



A new windScott Hahn

The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth ...

Ripley and RupnikEffie Caldarola

If you're looking for a creepy, unsettling thriller to stream, "Ripley" fills the bill. Based on Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," the edgy film starring Andrew Scott ...

The Eucharistic Prayers -- variety and similarityFather Robert M. O'Grady

During the coming weeks, we'll be looking at individual Eucharistic Prayers that are in the present Roman Missal. Prior to doing that, and so seeing the variety of them available to priests and people, ...

A Most Unusual Mission MosaicMaureen Crowley Heil

With tombstones for beds and grave markers for pillows, thousands of families in Manila will go to sleep tonight in the cemetery they call home. In the bustling capital city of the Philippines, the most ...

The Easter Season is the fleshly seasonMichael Pakaluk

Easter is a celebration of the centrality of the body in the Christian faith, because it is a celebration of the resurrection of the Lord, and, as Christians, we confess the resurrection of the body, ...

Scripture Reflection for May 19, 2024, Pentecost SundayJem Sullivan

Acts 2:1-11 Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Gal 5:16-25 Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15 When St. John Paul II was elected to the papacy in 1978, among his first words to ...

The three countercultural promises of a priestBishop Robert Barron

In just a few weeks, I will ordain three men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. Ordaining priests is the greatest privilege that I have as a bishop. Period. When, at the high point ...

What to expect from the courtRussell Shaw

Is the Supreme Court seeking a judicial middle ground in the abortion wars -- a stance that pleases and displeases pro-lifers and pro-choicers alike, although for opposite reasons? If so, two pending ...