what is at the centre?

June 17, 2010

The University of St Mary of the Lake must be the most beautiful university campus in the world. It was built in the 1920’s on 800 acres of woodland and lake just north of Chicago. All the university buildings…

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rhythm of life

June 16, 2010

Today was the second full day of lectures. A full day – four hours of lectures with the rest of the day taken up with reading and prayer.Life at the university centers on prayer. We begin the day in the…

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Now in Chicago – & young priests everywhere

June 15, 2010

The past two days have been a time of pretty major transition. On Saturday I travelled from Rome to Chicago. Sunday morning the Liturgical Institute programme began with gathering of the students and orientation. Today (Monday) was the first day…

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the joy of priesthood

June 11, 2010

It is impossible to communicate to someone who was not present, the joy among priests at this morning’s gathering of priests with the pope. It was an extraordinary gathering of more than ten thousand extraordinarily ordinary men.Soon after…

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an evening with pope and priests

June 10, 2010

It is just after midnight and I have spent the evening with several thousand priests from around the world. St Peter’s square was packed from 8.30 for almost three hours of reflection and prayer with Pope Benedict.I…

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Conclusion of Year of the Priest

June 9, 2010

On Friday morning (11 June) I hope to celebrate Mass with the pope and several thousand other priests to conclude the Year of the Priest. Later on Friday (Saturday morning NZ time I will upload a reflection – hopefully with…

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Revised Order of the Mass: a gift for Advent 2010

June 9, 2010

The Revised Order of the Mass in English will be implemented in New Zealand on the first Sunday of Advent this year. These months of anticipation and preparation reveal the fruit of many years of consultation and research. Four years…

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perception

June 4, 2010

The metro (underground train) is often the quickest way to get from A to B on the B or A lines in the city of Rome. There is little to be enjoyed about this subway experience apart from the speed…

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Year of the Priest

June 2, 2010

“God is the only treasure people desire to find in a priest”I had a good conversation with a priest this week about the Year of the Priest. This Year is due to conclude next week. The sense that this…

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perspective

June 2, 2010

One of the most effective stories I use is borrowed from Robert Wicks, an American psychologist. He tells of the young woman leaving home to study in a far-off city. After some months she writes to her father who…

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lots of weather

May 28, 2010

I once heard a visitor to New Zealand say that New Zealanders always seem to be talking about the weather. It’s not true of course, we don’t always talk about weather, but many of our conversations do begin…

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sabbatical update (newsletter note)

May 26, 2010

a note for Parish NewsletterSt Therese of Lisieux, Chatham Islands Our Lady of Victories, SockburnSunday 30 May 2010Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost. Pentecost is fifty days after Easter (the Greek word for Pentecost is ‘fifty’: seven times seven weeks, and…

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slow food

May 25, 2010

It doesn’t take much to get me thinking about food and wine.Much of the time I succumb to the smash, grab, bolt and run approach. I smash into the packaging, grab a few ingredients and bolt the food…

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a luminous path: pope’s Pentecost homily

May 25, 2010

Some encouragement from Pope Benedict’s Pentecost homily 2010.You can read the full homily in English by tapping here or on the imageA taster: the final paragraphs of the homily:At Pentecost the Holy Spirit is manifest as fire…

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