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,...

The Season of Making Pitches

As we enter March, thoughts for many of us, honed over decades of watching spring come out of a usually grinding winter, turn to baseball. But those of us in the publishing business, especially in Catholic publishing, the coming of spring brings attendance at conventions where we are making our best pitches...

Nazareth: Mary’s ‘Yes’

This month’s feast of the Annunciation will be celebrated very solemnly in Nazareth. On the site of a Judeo-Christian synagogue (third century), a Byzantine basilica (fifth century), and a Crusader church (13th century), the Franciscans built a modest church in 1730. They had acquired the Grotto of the...

The Liturgy of the Hours

I grew up in a household where one of my parents was Catholic and the other Protestant. Though we were raised Catholic, went to Church every Sunday, attended Catholic grade school, we never really talked about it much at home. As I grew older and more interested in exploring my faith I spent a lot of time...

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