Sabbatical Sundries: An Update

One full week into my stay, an update seems appropriate. As I mentioned previously, my sabbatical month is being spent at The Bishop's Ranch, the conference and retreat center for the Episcopal Diocese of California (located geographically, however, in the Episcopal Diocese of North California, as I learned this week.) The Bishop's Ranch offers a … Continue reading Sabbatical Sundries: An Update


Hilda, Abbess of Whitby : A Ray of Light in the “Dark Ages”

Today's liturgical calendar gives short shrift to one of the most remarkable saints in Christian history : Hilda of Whitby. The Roman Catholic calendar commemorates Elizabeth of Hungary, a 13th century lay Franciscan princess who lived a very charitable life (whom the Church of England celebrates optionally on the 18th.) The Episcopal (USA) calendar commemorates … Continue reading Hilda, Abbess of Whitby : A Ray of Light in the “Dark Ages”

CVN Lenten Reflection: Palm Sunday

(N.B. I wrote this reflection for the Catholic Volunteer Network 2016 Lenten Reflection Guide.) Will You Follow? --Luke  22:14-23:56 Palm Sunday is all about walking, isn't it? We find ourselves walking alongside the massive crowd who gathered outside of Jerusalem, waving our palm fronds, and singing, "All glory, laud, and honor to you, Redeemer King." … Continue reading CVN Lenten Reflection: Palm Sunday

Homily: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Psalm 133, I Peter 2: 1-5, 9-10 Mary, Mother of Our Redeemer Chapel Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary L+J Wherever Pope Francis goes, he brings with him pleasant surprises. One such surprise—a surprise, at least, to me—came during his recent address to congress. Speaking to a body composed of diversity—perhaps not rich diversity, but … Continue reading Homily: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity