Posts Tagged ‘SJ’

A busy week begins with a big shock

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Well, the pundits will be having a field day with the news of Pope Benedict’s resignation.  However, I think Father James Martin, SJ, has produced a thoughtful reaction to this event in America Magazine’s group blog, “In All Things”  He believes the Pope’s greatest legacy will be in his writings and I agree. I just reread the Holy Father’s encyclical  Caritas in Veritate for a catechist formation online course I facilitated last month. I commend it to you.  And then there are his volumes on Jesus of Nazareth.

Certainly, the Holy Father has earned a peaceful retirement. However – and I know I am being selfish- I hope he has one more book left in him to write.

Lent is upon us.  It’s not even two months since Christmas. But while the rest of us were catching our breaths from the holidays, the Catechetical Office’s intrepid webmaster, Jim Connell, has been busy creating a Lenten calendar titled “In Today’s Gospel”  on our website. Each day contains a small reflection and offers a question for us all to ponder.

This coming Sunday, Cardinal Dolan will accept as the elect hundreds of catechumens from all around the archdiocese, who are seeking Baptism and the other Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. The Rite of Election is reserved to the Ordinary of a diocese, so all the catechumens  should be gathering at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Keep them in prayer and, with them, those candidates for continuing conversion, already baptized, but seeking full initiation in the Roman Catholic Church, also at the Easter Vigil.

Finally, many thanks and best wishes to Bishop Dennis Sullivan, vicar general of the Archdiocese, who becomes Bishop of Camden, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 12. He is a true pastor, as those of us who live downtown can attest, and he will be sorely missed here at the Cardinal Cooke Center.

Instead of New Year’s Resolutions

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Don’t know about you but I think New Year’s resolutions are a waste of time. Most of them don’t survive New Year’s Day.

Our friend, Father Jim Martin, S.J., culture editor of America and chaplain to Colbert, has a much brighter idea. Not only does it have a stronger chance of succeeding, but it will make us all better, happier Christians, too. Here it is.

Happy 2012.

Now look who’s Tweeting!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Good heavens. It’s the pope. Now if he can manage it, having just celebrated 60 years as a priest, you and I can do it. Check out Vatican Twitter.

It’s believed that another famous octogenarian already is quite at ease with today’s devices, technologies and social networks.  And you thought she had only a spare pair of white gloves in her handbag.

But seriously, we are all called to spread the Good News.  Jesus sought out people and went where he knew he would find them.  So did his followers, as we all know from the Acts of the Apostles.  We, the Church of 2011, need to do likewise, especially if we want to reach emerging Catholics (between 18 and 30 years of age) and young Catholics (up to age 40). We must use their networks of choice.

We also need to keep our websites engaging and updated. Nothing turns away a visitors like “same old same old.” Our wise friend, Father James Martin, SJ, has a really challenging article in America on this and other web-related issues.  Here it is.

Finally, deepest gratitude to all who attended and worked hard at our second annual New York Catholic Bible Summit last Saturday. It was a marvelous day with superb speakers and a beautiful liturgy. Thank you to all who made it such a great success,  including our sponsors from the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, the American Bible Society and Fordham University. Special thanks to my co-chair, Oscar Cruz, director of Adult Catechesis and the Catechumenate, and to Daysi Guevara, our peerless registrar.  Onward to Bible Summit III next June.

Happy Independence Day from your friends in the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office.

Something Wonderful from America Magazine’s “In All Things”

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Our friend, Father Jim Martin, SJ, associate editor at America, the Jesuit newsmagazine, always has something fascinating on his blog, “In All Things.” This time, however he has really outdone himself with a video from his brother Jesuit, Father Mike Rogers.

Check out this beautiful tour of the rooms in Rome in which St. Ignatius Loyola actually lived and died. And get out your handkerchiefs. Father Jim is right. The video, with musical background from the soundtracks of The Mission and Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V, will leave in you in tears. It may also leave you with a burning desire to know more about this extraordinary saint, the founder of the Society of Jesus.