The Caroline Islands: History of the Diocese. The book was intended to celebrate the centennial of the Catholic Church in Chuuk, the 25th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Bishop Amando, and the 125th anniversary of the founding of the church in the Carolines. The book is just what the title says it is–a history of the Catholic Church in the Carolines. The book contains many historical photos, some of them the same ones found in my old volume, The Catholic Church in Micronesia. But this new book is much more elegantly produced: it’s in full color and it features a page or two on each of the parishes in the diocese. Read More
On each of the three weekends I’ve been here on Pohnpei, I’ve done three masses: the English mass on Saturday evening and two village masses in Pohnpeian on Sunday morning. This week the color of choice at all three masses was white, with the honored guests spanning the age spectrum. On Saturday evening it was young kids (dressed in the traditional white garb) making their first communion, with singing in Chuukese, Pohnpeian and English. Read More
Reflections of a recent returnee to Pohnpei:
- Basketball games every afternoon, not just with guys my age but with speedy, sharp-shooting 20-somethings who won’t give away anything to a geezer. If you are lucky enough to have one of them on your team, you might win a game or two. But even without them, you’re playing with old friends. Afterwards, the return home with shirt sweat-soaked and lips parched. What a way to prepare for dinner!
- Walking into a US Embassy reception at a local hotel and being able Read More
Let’s just call this blog posting an update. Since my time here in the US is coming to an end, let me offer a few thoughts on what these past two years here have given me. They’ve been very different years–last year at America Magazine and this one at a parish. Each has played to one of the two facets of ministry that has been especially important to me in the past: speaking to public issues, and personal care for the needy. Read More
Long ago when I was ordained a priest, I promised myself that I would never say anything in a homily that I didn’t fully believe. So for my Easter Sunday homily here at Oceanside, NY, I fell back on a message I’ve used before. It’s less about pulling Easter bunnies out of hats, or finding that golden Easter egg in the hunt. It’s more about the problems that the Easter promise presents for anyone who gives a second thought to the world around Read More