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Four Years

This week I celebrate the fourth anniversary of my priestly ordination.  In four years, I have served in two very different parishes.  The first (St. Mary’s Southside) was a single church located in the City of Elmira but serving people to the Pennsylvania border (all in Chemung County).  Now, I serve at Our Lady of […]

Who Determines Right and Wrong?

In our country where we believe in democratic principles, laws are passed by the majority vote of elected representatives (who were elected by getting the largest share of the vote – not necessarily a majority if there were more than two candidates).  So, “majority rule” sets the tone in our country. Does that mean that […]

The Holy Trinity

As part of our diocesan initiative this year to help us better understand the Mass, here is the homily I gave today on the Holy Trinity.  All three persons of the Trinity are at work in the Mass and they do it all together. Trinity Sunday, Year A Exodus 34:4-6b, 8-9 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John […]

Dignity in Dying

People are living longer.  At the same time, many people face great suffering from illness (physical and mental) and aging.  Seeing other people dying or facing death themselves has led many people to argue for the right to die at the time of their choosing.  Often death is caused by the use of lethal drugs […]

Back From Retreat

I just returned from a five day retreat at Bethany Retreat Center.  While not everyone can take five days, I encourage everyone to think about taking an annual retreat.  For those who work, many retreat centers offer weekend retreats. What is a retreat?  In military terms, a retreat is withdrawing from the front lines, generally […]

Render Unto Caesar

I recently finished reading Render Unto Caesar by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput (Doubleday: New York, 2008.)  The subtitle “Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life” really speaks to his point, ‘we must stand up for what we believe in.’ Render unto Caesar is, of course, a biblical reference to Matthew 22:16-22 where […]


Who do you trust?  Why do you trust them? I place my trust in God, or, at least that is always my goal.  I willingly put my trust in God because I know he won’t deceive me.  I know God won’t do anything to hurt me.  I believe God knows what is best for us.  […]