Visiting the Sick

Every Thursday, I head over to the Veterans’ Hospital, in East Orange, New Jersey, for my apostolic assignment. It is in this ministry that I get to visit the sick and the disabled, which is one of the many responsibilities of a priest. To me this is one of the...

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House Jobs

At seminary, we have these things called “house jobs.” Each seminarian has three. They range from things like watching the front desk to various liturgical roles. My jobs are: Chapel Librarian, MC (a simpler “behind the scenes” master of ceremonies), and Arts and Environment. Though not too complex, I have...

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Major Seminary

As many of you know, two months ago, I began my studies at Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York. Just within these two months I have learned many new things including that there are squirrels with black fur; the CBS television show Madam Secretary filmed a few scenes in...

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Honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary

How lucky are we as a Church to venerate the greatest of all saints, the Blessed Virgin Mary? Every year, on these special days and during the month of May, I practice certain devotions to help me show thanks to Mary for her presence and intercession in my vocation. I...

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Change/Transition

Every person in their lifetime goes through many changes and transitions, from one stage of life to another. We journey from grade school to middle school and then to high school, meeting new friends and developing deeper relationships along the way. The more we mature, the more our friendships and...

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The Days of our Lives

The lives of the Saints are a great thing to read. There’s something inspirational in seeing people: with flesh and blood, sins and success, sorrows and joys- just like us, making a difference in the world- and then we look in at ourselves. Have I levitated in deep prayer recently?...

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Looking Back on World Youth Day

A few months before we left for World Youth Day in Poland, one of our organizers, Greg Coogan, gave us a presentation on what to expect when we arrived. He told us, “Be ready to be with over two million of your closest friends while in Krakow.” At first, this...

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The Joy of Suffering

Second Reading from Saint Paul to the Romans 5:1-5 the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity “Brothers and sisters: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which...

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Homeless in Vineland

Back in July of 2015, I was having lunch with a friend in Vineland, and this lunch my heart was moved to go pray with some of the homeless people in downtown Vineland. Normally I would never do such a thing, and in fact I have never done something like...

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