the weekend again

June 26, 2010

It is the end of the second week of the six week programme. The time is passing quickly. Tomorrow it is my turn to celebrate Mass for the community: I will offer this Mass for the parishes of St Therese…

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Liturgy – an Archbishop’s challenge

June 25, 2010

This year the Liturgical Institute celebrates its tenth anniversary. There are several events planned through the year. Next Thursday the day is given to a presentation of the Institutions catechesis for the introduction of the Revised Missal and Revised Order…

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friendship, in Prayer with the Church

June 23, 2010

The first thing our Liturgical Institute community does together every day is pray. At 8.30 every morning we gather in the chapel for Morning Prayer of the Church. This prayer is known to many of you as the Office…

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Comments 2

June 23, 2010

A few of you noted after yesterday’s blog that I had inadvertently removed the comments button. It is back now. AND when you use this ‘post a comment’ tag, your comment will not appear on the blog for all…

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June 22, 2010

Thank you to all who have been keeping me in the loop by sending emails and by posting comments on this blog. Someone commented that they find it too intimidating to post a comment here since it is open to…

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The heart of the matter

June 21, 2010

It is Sunday. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I am especially aware on Sunday’s of people gathering for Mass at Our Lady of Victories. Every Sunday I offer Mass for the people of OLV…

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a distraction!

June 20, 2010

In these days I have been spending a fair bit of time at the computer writing essays or taking notes from the reading.Every now and then I look for a distraction and I found a great one today. Someone…

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June 19, 2010

This afternoon the “Thank God it’s Friday” call was all over the Liturgical Institute. The week has been full and challenging. The exam this morning was tougher than any of us expected. Monday morning will tell just how prepared…

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June 18, 2010

Well, I thought a few moments ago that I just do not have time to write the blog tonight. I have an exam tomorrow morning – seems a bit tough after only the first week, but the faculty keep the…

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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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