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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With a Little Help From My Friends

This past Winter Break, I was able to spend the New Year Holidays hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and West Virginia. Together with a good friend from the seminary, we hiked up and down mountains, through small towns, and across rivers. It was an amazing experience. Throughout...

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He Leadeth Us

When a friend of mine found out I was discerning a call to the priesthood, she gave me a book I had never heard of. The title was, He Leadeth Me, by a Jesuit priest named Walter Ciszek. Little did I know the influence this man would have on me...

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A Matter of Time

In the hit song from 1990, “Story of My Life,” Social Distortion’s lead singer Mike Ness sings, “Life goes by so fast/You only want to do what you think is right/Close your eyes and then it’s past/Story of my life.” I can honestly say these words describe how life has...

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Another Band of Brothers

The dramatic World War II series, “Band of Brothers,” told the story of Easy Company, part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101 Airborne Division. The story begins with them in 1942 at jump school, as they learn how to become paratroopers. The story follows them through many...

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You Got to Have Faith

These words from the fourteenth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel have been my cross and my inspiration during my years in seminary. During my four years of formation, I have encountered many “problems” that I really thought were beyond my fixing. In a way, they were. However, I was too proud...

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