back in Italy

July 25, 2010

Late this morning I arrived back in Rome after the ten hour flight from Chicago. It is good to be back with the de la Salle brothers. A lot has happened since I was here last. There is a lot…

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last day

July 23, 2010

Today is the last day of this session of the Liturgical Institute. I have been here for six weeks and completed four papers studying different aspects of liturgy: Liturgical sources and methods, The Liturgical Movement from the 19th century to…

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Monday morning

July 19, 2010

It is Monday morning, the last week of classes. Both papers are almost complete ( a couple of hours this afternoon will finish them. On Thursday I have the final exam and on Friday we depart.It is 6.30am and…

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NZ Bishop’s Letter

July 19, 2010

The letter below was read at all Masses in NZ this weekend.New Zealand Catholic BishopsBishops’ Pastoral Letter on introduction of Roman Missal18 July 2010Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand written on the occasion of the introduction…

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piety & skepticism

July 19, 2010

learning with food and drinkAlmost every class here gives rise to much conversation and discussion. It is rare that the meal table and ‘holy hours’ (note these hours are still plural!) are not filled with talk of the reading or…

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essay writing

July 17, 2010

I am aware I have not written for a couple of days. Two more papers are due early next week – one on church architecture and art, the second on the inculturation of the Rites of the Church into particular…

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Mass for the community

July 14, 2010

Today it is my turn once again to lead Morning and Evening Prayer and to celebrate Mass for the community. It is the feast day of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – 1680). Blessed Kateri is the first American Indian woman…

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architecture on Sunday night

July 12, 2010

It has been a good weekend. Every weekend here is a healthy balance of study and recreation. In two weeks I will finish the studies here at the Liturgical Institute and head back to Italy for the final month of…

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Chatham Islands

July 10, 2010

The challenge of much of what I am learning in these weeks directs me in thought back to parish life at Our Lady of Victories and Chatham Islands. The Chatham Islands has been especially in my thoughts this week. It…

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10 years

July 8, 2010

Today (Wednesday) was a day of celebration for the Liturgical Institute. Ten years ago (July 2000) the Institute was founded by Cardinal George of Chicago as a place of good liturgical formation.Instead of our regular classes today, the day…

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meet another of my teachers

July 6, 2010

This week we have begun the second session of studies. You have already ‘met’ one of my teachers, Dr. Denis McNamara who is teaching Church Art & Architecture. The second class of the session is taught by Monsignor James Moroney.…

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second semester

July 5, 2010

The 4th July weekend was a great break from study. A few of us stayed in Chicago city for the two nights enjoying the atmosphere of the city with a good opportunity for long sleep and slow meals. There hasn…

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July 4th

July 2, 2010

It is a significant weekend here in the US with celebrations of the anniversary of Independence Day. Already the campus and the town is turning red white and blue with stars and stripes.For us at the Liturgical Institute the…

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a new month

July 2, 2010

A lot has happened for me this month. The same will be true for you. We are not the same people as we were just four weeks ago. Today has the added significance of being the half-way point of…

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more exams

June 30, 2010

This morning I am not sure if it is study or prayer I need. I have an exam this afternoon and another on Friday. There is still some reading I have to do for the exam and some key points…

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