Parishioners in the News

0717131149It is nice to live in a hometown like Bowie, where we have a local paper (or two) to cover the news about “us.” People like to look in these papers for photos and stories of our neighbors, of who got collegiate honors, or who won best decorated house, or who is serving in the military, or what is going on in our civic groups or in our schools. I, as pastor, look for parish members in the news and photos, and often I see one or several in an edition. This past week was a case in point. I saw the photos of several of our parish youth, being recognized for their part in a Robotics Team and forming thier first FFL (First Lego League) at St. Pius The Tenth Regional School. In this newspaper photo, I have spotted Sophia and Maryclare Cooney, Lorenzo Crawl, Chidubem Ekoh, and Ian Lathrop. Congrats to them, and it was nice seeing our St. Edward youth in the paper.

On the same day, I also noticed that parishioner Melissa Eloshway was in a column of “On Campus” in the newspaper as named for making the 2013 Deans List at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Great!

0717131218                                                                              ‘Maybe I’ll see you in the news ahead for something nice?!

An Under Construction Prayer

0710131318 0710131321   Using an event in my life, involving jackhammers, mixer trucks, tractors, levels, and cement:  I offer this up to God today.  DRIVEWAY PRAYER

Open the driveway to my heart, Lord.    Renew the entrance to my life.  I want to welcome You.  I want You to easily drive in and drop by for a visit.  So, I will have some work done to that end, in Your Holy Spirit, the Regenerator, the Renewer of my life.

Open the driveway to my heart, Lord.    Make new the way into my heart and home, I want to have You there often, and the presence of Your many friends too, to my life.

Get out the jackhammer and pummel the entranceway from the road of life.  Clear out the old, bring in the new.   Lay new cement and smooth it out Lord, that the way in to visit it me by new and good.

I pray for the new entranceway to be right and true.   I welcome Your coming to see me anew.   Thank You and bless You.   Alleluia.

Open the driveway of my heart, Lord!  And may You and all friends find a new and smooth welcome here to me.


the City of Bowie is redoing the 1970 driveways for residents in my neighhborhood.  Observe my new one and the neighbors new one across the road.

New Encyclical on Faith from Pope Francis

A few days ago, Pope Francis published his first encyclical, called “Lumen Fidei.”  It means “Light of Faith.”    It is a good spiritual reflection on this foremost theological virtue.

If you haven’t ever read a papal encyclical, then why not try to do so with this one?   We are in the Year of Faith and it is Summer.  It would be a good project of the mind and heart’s refreshment to see what the Holy Father has to offer to us.


To read the encyclical, visit  and then click Holy See English, and then click encyclicals, and then open it up and read it.  (You can also print it from the site.)    I did so read and pray it this week.

Here’s an invite for you.

From Pope Francis (at his Angelus address last week in Rome)            Dear brothers and sisters— As you know two days ago the Encyclical Letter on the theme of faith, entitled “Lumen Fidei” (or) the light of faith” was promulgated. For the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI began this Encyclical, to follow up those (encyclicals he previously wrote on the other theological virtues) on love and hope. I took up this great work and I brought it to conclusion. I offer it with joy to all the People of God: in fact, especially today, we all need to go to the essence of the Christian Faith, to deepen it and to confront it with our current problems. But I think that this Encyclical, at least in several places, can also be helpful to those in search of God and of the meaning of life. I place it in the hands of Mary, the perfect icon of faith, that she may bring forth the fruit desired by the Lord.

Here is an excerpt from the encyclical:

1. The light of Faith: this is how the Church’s tradition speaks of the great gif brought by Jesus. In John’s Gospel, Christ says of himself: “I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (Jn 12:46). Saint Paul uses the same image: “God who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts” (2 Cor 4:6). The pagan world, which hungered for light, had seen the growth of the cult of the sun god, Sol Invictus, invoked each day at sunrise. Yet though the sun was born anew each morning, it was clearly incapable of casting its light on all of human existence. The sun does not illumine all reality; its rays cannot penetrate to the shadow of death, the place where men’s eyes are closed to its light. “No one — Saint Justin Martyr writes — has ever been ready to die for his faith in the sun”. Conscious of the immense horizon which their faith opened before them, Christians invoked Jesus as the true sun “whose rays bestow life”.  To Martha, weeping for the death of her brother Lazarus, Jesus said: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” (Jn 11:40). (Glory means great brightness) Those who believe, see; they see with a light that illumines their entire journey, for it comes from the risen Christ, the morning star which never sets…      [Intro to Lumen Fidei]

Twin Papal Saints Coming

THE BIG NEWS this week from the Vatican is that they plan later this 2013 to add two new saints to the Church’s recognition. What is newsy about it is that both were modern time popes. One is Pope John the 23rd and the other is Pope John Paul the 2nd.  It is quite unique to name two popes at once to be saints. (In fact, it probably is a historic “first.”) The celebration upcoming ought to be huge. They were so popular in their day and world known. Since they both lived in recent times, like Mother Teresa’s elevation to sainthood, many people will be wanting to go to the Vatican ceremony or watch on television or internet.  People can identify with the recent blessings the world received by these pope’s lives….   Pope John Paul II     I know of a Catholic priest-pastor who was so touched by Pope John Paul II’s visit to Denver, that, not only was his Catholic faith rejuvenated, but he also went on to become a priest and serve the Church’s mission by that inspiration from “JPII.”  He observed, firsthand,  the evangelical spirit and joy in the Good News of JPII and he caught on with the same spirit for evangelism. Now he is an evangelist for Christ, with his own unique fervor and style of evangelizing (and he is one of our DC priests). His is just one example of JPII’s influence………..   Pope John XXXIII   I know of several people who were also touched by one single visit by Pope John XXXIII to the United Nations.  It changed their lives.  They say that he witnessed to them what Christ Jesus would do and say after the terror of what was the times of the 20th century world wars.  They say that he spoke very inspirational words to re-direct the world back to the right path. “He was Christ’ Vicar calling the world to peace and co-respect.  A great many persons listened to him and heeded his words of wisdom,” said a reborn Catholic. His 1963 encyclical, Pacem in Terris, proclaimed the need for our world conversion of the Hobbesian state of nature—of strong states dominating the weak—onto new relations based on mutual understanding, cooperation, and reconciliation.  This pope stated that a conversion could only be reached by humankind following her deepest longings, which could make for philosophical and moral and religious renewal… What a radical statement to make to the world.!  Yet so true.  Such a prophet he was!  Pope John reminded the world that humanity has a natural law that is God-founded in us. It is where one had to start in realizing truly what are “human rights” and of how it relates to what are God’s rights over us. He described the natural law as “the living expression of the shared conscience of humanity, a ‘grammar’ on which to build the future of the world.”  This kind of language brought conversion to many persons, and, in those who have crusaded for peace and justice since his time to today, they will be joyful to honor Pope John 23 as a saint of our modern times.
0710131450-1 Peace Vigil in Church

The Two Popes To Be Saints

The Celebration of Saint John the 23rd and Saint John Paul the 2nd will be given a date by His Holiness Francis I sometime for Autumn of 2013.   It will be a double joy.   What do I think of the two popes, concerning my own life?   Overall, they each brought a vibrant light to the papacy and to the Church, which gave it much life and attraction to me, from my childhood and into my present 50’s in age.

More specifically, this is how they touched me.  I was born in Pope John’s time and I was ordained in Pope John Paul’s time. One area in particular was how they both put a more human face on the Church and her revelation of Christ the Savior through their lives and pontificates. Usually through history, popes have given more of the distant transcendant and lofty representation of the Church and of her Lord.  Yet not these two. They brought the Lord near and the papacy near to the people. These two popes mixed so much with people and cared so much for the common man that they let their Vicar of Christ role show all the modern world what Jesus was fully like in his humanity. Jesus must have enjoyed the new insights He was shining to the 20th century through his modern Peter(s).

A second impact upon me (and many) from both popes was on the modern liturgy–the Mass.  Permit me to say a lot about this area.       Pope John convened a Church council that renewed the Mass and brought it into the vernacular and gave the laity a more inclusive part in the prayers and readings of Mass.  My experience of the English “New Mass” from the 1970’s and on was that I certainly enjoyed it as a young person.   It was dubbed the “People’s Mass,” as it became a Mass that just wasn’t mostly of the priest, but truly a shared prayer, with “father” as its main celebrant (but with everyone else as ‘celebrants’, too):  that approach really touched me.  I came to love praying the Mass, with seemingly more of the lay parts now assigned to be answered to the presider’s prayer and with more lay participation coming forth.  For the people in the pews, the Novus Ordo (New Mass) just seemed more inclusive. Having the prayers in English and having some variety in the liturgy (with lectors and extraordinary ministers helping) certainly was a plus.  I became personally involved as a teen and young adult by assisting Mass in folk group and cantor ‘music ministry’ and lectoring and being a sacristan and a person greeter at the church entrance (before “greeter” was a position separate from usher).

The Mass was central to my life.    It was a natural development, then, into my adult years, to identify more with how truly special the priest’s role was in the Mass.  I came to highly respect the priests and see their amazing value to the Church as servant-leaders of prayer.  (It helped that I was volunteering in service at Mass near to them; I got to know priests better.) I think this openness about the liturgy was a seed sown by John the 23rd’s influence on the Church, and I am glad that the timing of my birth coincided with his papacy.  The Church I would serve (later) in my priesthood was so much shaped by his short pontificate (less than 5 years–in the late 1950’s, early 60’s).  The Sacred Liturgy of the Church was so much renewed!

In the papacy of Pope John Paul II was I ordained to pray the Mass as a priest (1988), and much of it was served in his long pontificate (unlike John, John Paul had many years as pope).  In trying to be a good priest, I continually go back to John Paul II’s self-description of his papacy and priestly life, who said that his Vicar of Christ role was simply to be “Servant among the servants of God.” He saw the priest as a servant, and he based it upon Jesus’ words (“I am among you Who serves… the greatest among you will be the servant to the many… servant to the others.”)  This is its original model.

The Catholic priesthood received a renewal by how John Paul II led it.  We were to be Christ (in the priestly call) as Servant.  Our Holy Orders were first to be Christ the Servant. These were just not mere words of the pontiff, as we saw him live this call. I can recall watching the Youth Day Masses and so many other televised Masses of JPII and seeing that servant example in him during the Sacred Liturgy.  I attended two of his Masses in America (DC, Baltimore) and two others as con-celebrant in St. Peter’s:  his witness of servant was constant.  His servanthood approach helped the Priest of Christ shine in his life more radiantly, and touched all of his ordained priests and bishops of the world to follow the same model.  In my own vocation, I have so much more to imitate the way of Saint John Paul II: to be of the holy vessel that priesthood calls of me, in the Persona Christi vocation.  Yet I am praying for it.

And, in looking to be the priest I should be, I also go to the example of Pope John XXIII who reminds us to be fully human and alive in our vocation, that we are not to be so pious as to be separated from people, but pious enought to truly love and mix with them as Jesus did.

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I have spoken much here of the benefit of the renewal work of the Mass.  I can finish with these comments…  In the papacy of Pope John Paul II, he brought the prayers and liturgical life forward with a better Missal, in a truer translation in English (and in other languages) to the Latin Mass of the Church’s long history, and one that rebounded some of the reverent language to God of the prior Missals (that wasn’t as well first translated in the 1960’s-70’s Vatican II try for a vernacular Mass).  The New Mass or “Novus Ordo” as they called it was fine and worthy for prayer, but the Missal we have now (since Advent 2011) is a more polished prayer for us to lift up to God.  I have come to understand now how much John Paul II was building upon the liturgical work of Vatican II, that his work was to bless further what his predecessor John XXIII had started.  (If you read the Vatican II document Sacrosactum Consilium, you can see this thread.) Because of Vatican II, John Paul II made it a priority in his papacy for the Church’s prayer to experience an update in the Holy Spirit.  Even with all he accomplished in other areas, John Paul cared most about the Holy Mass.   As Pope Francis has said this week in his first encyclical, it also remains his high concern for his papacy.  From Lumen Fidei #44 he says, “The sacramental character of faith finds its highest expression in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is a precious nourishment for faith: an encounter with Christ truly present in the supreme act of his love, the life-giving gift of himself. In the Eucharist we find… its making-present of The Mystery… open(ing) up a future, to foreshadow ultimate fulfillment… making “hodie”, the today (experience) of the mysteries of salvation… (In it, we are also led) from the visible world to the invisible… we learn to see the heights and depths of reality. The bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ, In this movement (into the body and blood of Christ, we are drawn) body and soul, into the movement of all creation towards its fulfilment.

My, oh my.   It is much to fathom!   As a priest in my 25th anniversary, I am glad to be praying Mass in the fruits of both of these pope’s work to renew the Church’s greatest act.  The Holy Mass is meant to be the first and foremost work of Christ to renew and save His people.0710131533 Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts!


Graduation Homily Message

Graduation homily:    St. Pius X School 8 th Grade                

Outside those doors, when you leave this school community and the special faith community of an 8th grade Catholic School class, I will pray that you look for what will fill your future need for an ongoing faith community.  You hopefully will keep going to church and worship of God, but I mean a little more than that:  Who will be at your side to help you along in faith, as some of your classmates were, along with others in the Catholic school?  Before I get to the gospel reading, I’ll relate of how I found a community of faith in the months right after I left this school, right in this parish.  You know I went to this school and parish, right?  In 9th grade, we had a parish Confirmation program to keep many of us first connected as high schoolers, but after that was celebrated, and I was in public high school just a mile up Rt. 450 as a Bowie Bulldog, I joined a parish teen group of Catholics that met every week in the Knestout’s house, right in my neighborhood, and with a dozen Bowie High students we had a peer group of faith to keep us regularly together in a faith group.  I had others to keep in faith with. Deacon Knestout led us all, but it was much of a sharing group, not lectures by him. Now, as for those students who went on to Catholic High Schools, as half of you will, I hope that they (back then) let the faith experiences in those schools give them more community of soul, to bless what was started here at this school.  Point is—you’ll have to look for it to happen.  Take advantage of the Catholic High School’s program, or of your parish High School Youth Group, or at least keep in a spiritual touch with some body, perhaps who is going from here to the same school/direction as you. Keep in touch with your priests.

Readings included John 17, the section of Jesus’ farewell and his fulfillment of the mission.        THE HOMILY                                          

Jesus is speaking in tonight’s gospel that His work is done here in His earthly ministry.  He is satisfied in it, and awaits the Father to be glorified by it all, as soon, He ,the Son, will be returning to Heaven.  The short time He has been given—to meet humanity and save the world–has been used well by Jesus.  He has lived His earthly time lovingly, generously, and pointedly.   He was here to gather us into His love and life and make something brand new happen for the world—salvation—with lessons of the Kingdom of God for the world to begin sharing in.  I think this gospel relates to you graduates, as well, as this is your parting time from this school.  You have finished school here, and done what you can, with the time you had, and the school has rewarded you with a diploma and with good promise for what can come for you ahead.  In minutes you walk out these doors and cease to be a class, going off to many different high schools, and well, not to Heaven just yet, like in Jesus’ Graduation story from earth, but you might agree its “heavenly” to be done here.  🙂 You are a graduate!                 My Christian point I’d like to make tonight to you is to consider your graduation a group accomplishment, a group thing, that is, just as much, as the individual achievement that you made here. Graduation 2013: You did this–accomplished this–with others.   Now, as graduates, you can all benefit ahead from the group effort you made.    For, think about what Jesus fulfilled in His mission: He didn’t just want it to be about His own fabulous and perfect and loving life on earth as reaching its fulfillment, but that His would be a victory for all his brothers and sisters in the faith path.   He walked among us, as one of us, to help us, to help us get together, so to get to glory oneday, as one family.  Jesus graduation was for all of us on earth to “pass” and follow Him into someplace great with Him.   ‘Get what I am saying?

Tonight you cross the finish line of your time here at this school.  Graduates–it took some solid personal effort on your own part, that’s for sure, but can you concede with me that it isn’t just an individual accomplishment night—for you graduate in a group, and as a group.  It’s a class graduation.  You have reached this point of success due to help of many others, such as from those sitting besides you, and from teachers and parents and others here in this church tonight.  Of course, you also played a part in other’s success and graduation in your class.  We tried to all do it in a Catholic way at this Catholic school.

Take, for instance, St. Paul’s epistle verse in tonight’s Mass about the Christian vocation to “treat one another with mutual affection in Christ.”     I think when your class was acting as “we” and not as a bunch of “I’s”—you found some lifelong lessons about the goodness of Christian community.  In the Christian Faith, it IS about all of us succeeding together as a people (like, as tonight). The lessons in “community” in this Catholic school taught you (I hope) to see one another, not as competitors versus one another, but as fellow travelers on a journey of learning and growing and believing in God.  Yes, you each had your personal best to offer, and some of you did shine among the rest with some of their academic honors, yet we don’t envy but do congratulate you who excelled in the bunch, because you were all great achievers tonight, Amen?!  You finished in success together.   Now, in contrast, where the sinful world would part from our Christian point of you—is that—out there—many are mainly interested in just their own success of “me” and not of the common good of “us.”   It explains what sin is and how it keeps hurting the human race.  Jesus Christ is interested in saving the world into one family again, putting victory in a common good.

In the higher level of human goals, we have the hope that all of us can together help one another to come into Heaven as one.  It’s The Graduation to come, where we hope that God in Christ Jesus will say to us then (in reviewing our lives): “Well done, my good and faithful servants. Come up to enter into The Joy!”1   And, as fellow pilgrim travelers, as those cooperating and sharing in the lessons God had given us, we hope to attain, as one, “the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus.”  2      (1=Mt.25: 21,23.  2=Phillip 3:14)

We will get into Heaven (or Heaven will get into us) as we practice life as fellow cooperators with God, not as selfish competitors with one’s eyes only on oneself.   (Can I get an Amen?!)  Brothers and sisters, on earth we are corporally named The Human Race, yet we need not take that title so literally as to race versus one another, nor to be greedy and selfish and be so independent as to work as a rival.  No.  We are a community and Christ is our common ground, common link.

King David once wrote a psalm of celebrating this togetherness, as he saw taking place in Israel during his reign.  It is Psalm 133, which starts: Behold how good and pleasant it is when God’s people dwell together. hiNëh mah‡ôv ûmahNäiym shevet achiym Gamyächad You remember David, right?  We studied about him and other Old Testament figures of faith in our 6th grade class two years ago.  I enjoyed it with you.   The Old Testament of 6th Grade religion led to the New Testament of 7th & 8th Grade Religion.  In Hebrews 13 of the Christian Testament, it says: “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters… Remember your faith leaders who speak the Word of God to you… and as we have an altar in which to gather around, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God…(and) keep on doing good and in sharing with one another…. So grace can be with you all.” That’s the same message of our call to be a Christian community, or one body in Christ.

I finish with a fable re-told.  Once upon a time, a tortoise and a hare were in a race.  The nibble white-furred jack-rabbit animal with nibble bouncy feet seemed to be the favorite. The slow-moving shelled reptile, with deliberate steps in heavy short feet looked to be the sure far-behind loser for this race.  You have likely heard the story, that as they were started down the path, the hare was very so far ahead in a few moments, going at 30 mph speed, it decided to stop soon and to take a break, while the tortoise plodded on, far behind now.   The fable takes a different spin from here.

As the tortoise caught up to the place where the hare was resting, the hare asked him.  Hey, tort-buddy, what are we racing for?  And just where are we going to end up at?  At some line somewhere the human has made?!  Then, what?  A prize? No.  Applause?  Well, not much, only brief at best.   So why are we racing?  Tort-Buddy, I have been pondering something here.  We have passed all sorts of fellow creatures along this path, right?  Why not invite them all along? And, instead of a race, let’s just have a community walk!!  When has that ever been done?  The Tortoise said:  That’s a pretty good idea, Hare girl… I didn’t understand why we were put in a race, anyway, and I was ready to ditch this thing and turn around.  This “race” was that human Aesop guy’s idea.  Not much fun, if you ask me. But this ‘community walk’ idea is awesome!

The Hare said:  I came up with this idea while I was praying at my rest stop, yes, praying there, not sleeping, as the fable once inaccurately reported, and I think that St. Francis of Assisi or Noah or some angel of God  just dropped that notion into my thoughts.  And I am going with it!

The Tortoise said: I like it, too.  Let’s try gathering all the creatures along here to stroll together.  I just passed a platypus back there, saw a porcupine, met a squirrel, and had a brief chat with a beaver, who enjoyed a little free ride on my back. Maybe, they’d like to come.  I’ll go ask them. The Hare added:  I, in turn, met a horse, a buffalo, an aardvark, and a turkey so far.  I’ll invite them along.

This they did.  And soon a wide assortment of creatures were strolling along the pathway.  It was a wondrous gathering, maybe the first of its kind since Noah’s time. As the throng of creatures made the final turn of the path, Aesop and some humans were waiting there at the finish line, with faces of great confusion, expecting just a hare and a tortoise in a race, and for the hare to finish the race and beat the tortoise, or tortoise to surprise the hare.  Yet both came and, with scores of other animals, crossed all together.

Aesop said to them: You’ve ruined the fable.   The tortoise replied:  No, we’ve just written a new one, and its lesson is:  Life is a journey you take together, not a race you’re in against each other.  Maybe the Human Race could be re-named “the human cooperation.“  God has called us all to be a community.  Especially you humans.  

Aesop and his pal just looked at each other in bewilderment.   Oh, man!  Aesop said.  His pal answered:  Hey, I had a huge bet on the rabbit finishing far ahead in first, I guess I lost, or did I?    Aesop said:  They ALL finished first, so you lose.  But you aren’t supposed to bet anyway.

Silver, Ruby, Gold and Diamond Priests

I gathered in Washington, D.C. for a Priest Jubilee Celebration.  It was for priests of the Archdiocese of Washington who had a special anniversary.  I was one of them, along with Fr. Jeff DeFayette, who were the silver jubilarians (who had served 25 years of priesthood for the Archdiocese).  Eleven other men were honored with us, and they came with the much longer years of service, with ruby and gold and diamond jubilees.  The Silver Jubilarians were asked to preach and speak to the gathered presbyterate.  We did so in a Mass of celebration and then in a dinner-banquet.    Fr. Jeff and I decided to center our remarks around “the added apostle” of Matthias.   Fr. Jeff spoke of this 13th apostle being a patron of unfinished business.   I spoke of Matthias of being the first new priest to continue the line of Holy Orders for Jesus’ specific Priestly Work on earth, and that all of the jubilarians being honored were priests called by the Lord to keep His Church going.  I tried, in my remarks, to share some humorous remarks and stories about priests I was asked to replace, and how, in seven assignments so far, I have had seven fellow clergy to follow (replace).  It is not easy to just step in and be the “new priest” and continue the priesthood for a parish.  I had some funny (at least to me) reflections on stepping in as the new guy in the collar.

On a more serious look, I shared that, from Scriptures about Matthias, it speaks of “allotment” as how he was chosen as the next apostle/ priest.  The Bible word means an allotted portion, like land territory, but yet more pointedly of a life to be lived, with the land or pathway ahead of you marked out as one’s portion for priestly service or vocation to Christ Jesus, the High Priest.   God had given Matthias a life, or lot, of serving Him in a certain way (vocation) as priest, and it was Matthias to accept as his portion into the first priesthood of Christianity.   He did. The apostles approved him and laid hands on him for consecration. He became priest #13.  He made 13 quite a good number.

Coincidentally, it was 13 jubilarian ADW priests who were gathered at this Clergy Mass and Anniversary Dinner Celebration, hosted by Cardinal Wuerl of Washington and attended by many of his priests.  The 13 in jubilee were:  Msgr. Tom Duffy (Diamond), Msgr. Dick Burton and Fr. Arnie DePorter (Gold), and Monsignors Lorenzo Albacete, John Enzler, Don Essex, and Fathers David Bava, Mike Blackwell, Joe Kennedy, Valentine Keveny, and John McKay (Ruby).  Jeff DeFayette and I brought in the silver.  Together we thirteen had ‘tallied’ available service to Jesus for His priestly work in a total of 530 years.  I, being the young jubilarian, still had 13,000 Masses so far in my own service to Jesus, along with all the other kinds of priestly activity over the years.  I am glad for the time that the Lord reached down and chose me for this set ministry of His, even by some surprise to me that it was his portion for me.  Matthias might have been surprised, too, when his name was called (from all the disciples who had followed Jesus around in ministry) to be the new priest.    Praise God.

Fr. John Barry     Ordained May 21, 1988   St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, D.C.