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The Evangelist
Wednesday, September 26, 2018


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  • My taxi ride in New York City

    Recently, I concelebrated the wedding of a young man I baptized nearly 25 years ago. After the ceremony, torrential rain caused my priest-friends and me to take a cab to the reception. It turned out to be a memorable experience.

  • Earlier this year, God gave me the gift of insomnia. At the time, I did not realize what a blessing it was.
  • Priest’s plea: Please have a funeral Mass
    In recent years, among survivors, there’s been a shift in attitude about planning a funeral Mass for a deceased Catholic loved one. Many bypass it and choose another venue for a memorial service — a prayer service in the funeral home or at the graveside — or nothing at all.
  • Mourning the loss  of an unborn child
    Due to a poorly-crafted law, New York State only requires a burial permit and proper disposition for the remains of fetal deaths occurring at 20 weeks gestation or greater.
  • A priest among us
    By the time this column makes it to print, I will have been ordained a priest of Jesus Christ at the hands of Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger; ordained to labor beside many faithful laborers in the vineyard of God’s people until my death.
  • The First World War is considered by many to be the first modern war. In the midst of this catastrophe, in 1917 in Portugal, Mary appeared to three shepherd children.

    (Editor’s note: Anne is the second-place winner of Saratoga Central Catholic School’s annual St. Francis de Sales writing contest.)

  • My favorite apparition is Our Lady of Guadalupe, in which the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 AD.

    (Editor’s note: Joseph is the first-place winner of Saratoga Central Catholic School’s annual St. Francis de Sales writing contest.)

  • Another South African graduates, thanks to Albany Catholic Workers
    This is my story of success, which has seen me graduating with honors a few weeks ago in KwaNdebeqheke, South Africa, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • A graduation day reflection
    Commencement is one of the signature moments in the life of a young man or woman, and often leaves a lasting impression. The families of the graduates are delighted and undoubtedly relieved that their children have successfully completed a rite of passage.
  • Ella’s solution to Saratoga parking woes
    If I were mayor, I would create better parking in downtown Saratoga. Downtown Saratoga is such a busy place full of great restaurants, beautiful shops and workplaces for many people. All year ‘round, downtown Saratoga is moving nonstop.



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