E-spirations-Now a Book!

This is a first! I’m happy to announce that a book composed of prayers, which appeared originally as Friar Jack’s E-spirations, was released earlier this year. I have written over a hundred of these personal essays since the column began in September of 2000. Now, more than 15 of these prayers...

On the Making of Bishops

On Thursday, June 9, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, where I minister and where St. Anthony Messenger Press is based, received a great gift from Pope Benedict XVI. It came in a Roman document, held up high in the sanctuary of the cathedral, and read in an English translation from the pulpit. In the document,...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

John Edwards. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Anthony Weiner. Is this really the best men can do? Is it the best our American culture can do? Respect for women in our society remains woefully low, even in 2011. What’s bad are the men who cheat on their wives, abuse their power and status, and treat females as...

What is true connection?

The first song I played at my wedding reception was “Connected,” by Stereo MCs. I didn’t realize it at the time, but a song I picked because it was good to dance to actually carries a lot of meaning in my life. After all, it’s my job to connect people. As a division director at St....

Touched by an Angel

Friar Jack Wintz and I just returned to Serra Retreat Center, in Malibu, after my interview with Roma Downey, best known for her role some years ago as Monica in CBS’s Touched by an Angel. We went to her home not far from here, where she and mega-producer Mark Burnett raise their family. She’s...

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