Patron Saint of Our Diocese

In just two days from today our diocese will celebrate the feast of the saint who is the patron saint of the Diocese of Rochester:  St. John Fisher.  It was on this date in the year 1535 that Bishop John Fisher was beheaded at Tyburn.  Just two weeks...

Independence Day: God Bless America

Archbishop John Carroll, the first bishop of Baltimore, was asked to compose the Inauguration Prayer for President George Washington’s first inauguration as President of the United States.  I am going to borrow some of the lines from the Archbishop’s Inauguration...

Miracles Then and Now

This Sunday’s gospel gives us yet another account of two different people approaching Jesus seeking healing:  Jairus who comes to plead that Jesus come down and heal his daughter who is at the point of death.  The second, a woman afflicted with severe...

“For God so loved the World”

Why do we observe this season of forty days that we call Lent?  The answer lies in the words we find in today’s gospel.  “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”  Lent is given...