Jerusalem: Christ’s Tomb

Holy Sepulchre Basilica, perhaps Christianity’s most important shrine, was completed in 335 by St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine. An early Christian shrine had been replaced with a pagan temple in 135. After the Crusaders seized Jerusalem in 1099, they built the current church, which also includes...

Hope: A World Afire

I just returned from an incredible weekend at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. This is my seventh year attending, and each year I return home inspired and awed. This year was the first time I had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremonies. The theme of the event was Hope: A World Afire,...

Offering it Up

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. One of my family’s classic catch phrases that has stuck with me for a...

A Kaleidoscope of Catholics

Yesterday marked the official opening of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, one of the largest gatherings of Catholics in the United States today with over 25,000 people attending. (Youth Day, held on Thursday, draws over 15,000 young people for a day of music, prayer, workshops, and...

Come Check Us Out!

One of my favorite parts of my job is attending conferences. This week, I head to Los Angeles for the Religious Education Congress, where Franciscan Media will exhibit. I truly enjoy working in the booth with my colleagues, meeting other Catholics, and getting the chance to talk to our customers. Whether...

Lenten Soup

At a parish my family and I once belonged to, there was a tradition during Lent on Friday evenings called “Soup and Salad.” The basic gist of it was that the parish would provide a salad; participants would bring in a can or two of the soup of their choice. As individuals and families arrived,...

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