VOCATIONS

‘Do something radical for God’

ON VOCATIONS: Decisions that I had once measured by the question, “What do I want?” I now began to assess in prayer: “Lord, what do you want?”


TASK FORCE TACKLES KEY ISSUES

“Survivors first” was the overriding theme of the first meeting of the Sex-Abuse Task Force established by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger.

St. Joseph of Carondelet celebrates jubilarians

Last month, 29 Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet celebrated 1,775 years of service at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham.

Conversation, conversion and bearing fruit

This Lent does seem to be flying by very quickly! We have already thought about Jesus’ temptations in the desert (the first Sunday in Lent) and last week we encountered the transfigured Jesus on Mount Tabor. 

Construct no wall around sacred space

Images of endless war, overflowing refugee camps, hate-filled terrorists, billion-dollar weapons, starved children — I want to flee this world’s violence.  

GOD CALLS

Balancing ‘twin vocations’ on journey to religious life

“Trust in the s-l-o-w work of God.” Those are the first words that come to my heart as I reflect on my vocation journey.  

Trusting that God is in charge

‘As we face the issues of the coming year, ranging from the treatment of immigrants and refugees to respect for life, ­­improved healthcare for all, or working conditions for farm workers, we continue to hope. That hope sustains us.’

GETTING MARRIED?

2019 Pre-Cana programs are open

Couples planning to get married are encouraged to attend Pre-Cana at least six months prior to their wedding date. All programs are held on Saturdays; advanced registration is required.  
MARRIED LIFE

Saying yes to forever

A recent trend when announcing engagements and weddings is to use the term “We are saying yes to forever,” rather than “We are getting married.” While some might see this as cute or romantic, I find it hopeful and inspiring. What may have started as a catchy hashtag could have …

ANSWERING THE CALL

New House of Formation opens in Albany

Ten men have moved into the new St. Isaac Jogues House of Formation, located at 93 Park Ave. in ­Albany.

The Gift of Giving

Deacon Jim Bower, interim administrator of Holy Family parish in Little Falls, was awarded the 2018 Spirit of Giving Award through the Gram Lorraine Christmas Program.   

ONLINE

Live-streamed Masses not changing priests’ homilies

As more parishes live-stream or record Masses, are priests changing their homilies or routines to cater to a wider, online audience?

PERSPECTIVE

Ordained at tumultuous time, priest of 50 years reflects

Fifty years ago, my classmates here present and I were all asking the same question amid a world that was in turmoil. Before our ordination to the priesthood in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated; right after our ordination, Sen. Robert Kennedy was assassinated.
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