The Passion of Jesus and the Ministry of the Priest

This coming Holy Week, Christians around the world will listen to two different Passion narratives — that of Mark’s Gospel on Palm Sunday and that of John’s Gospel on Good Friday. For all four Gospels, the death and resurrection... Read More

‘Friendly Fire’ in the Presbyterate

In any battle among various opposing forces, there can be “friendly fire.” This, of course, happens when members on...

The Holy Silence of St. Joseph

Throughout the sacred Scriptures, men and women are called by God to take on totally unexpected roles. In the...

Widening the Road to Peace

We know a lot about hearing confessions, of course. We began learning while we were in the seminary, and...

Bishop Bonnar was installed January 12

Bishop David J. Bonnar, editor of The Priest, was installed the sixth bishop of Diocese of Youngstown on Tuesday, Jan. 12.


COVID-19: A pastor’s perspective

The Lord Guards Our Coming and Going

There is a beautiful line in the psalter found in the breviary that we pray as clergy that states,... Read More

Facing the Challenge of a Power Outage

When I arrived at my new parish in July of this year, we put a plan together for having... Read More

Ever Grateful for Home

Every Advent season brings with it a special anticipation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. This anticipation always... Read More

Change by God’s Design

In March of this year during the nascent stages of the pandemic, a conference call was convened by diocesan... Read More

Take a Moment to Consider What Has Been Passed on to You

“Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as … as … a fiddler on the roof!” —... Read More

Anticipate the future, but live in the present

It happens. Yes, there are times in parish life when we receive phone calls to arrange a baptism. The... Read More


Suffering in Silence

There is a certain introspection that comes with the season of Lent. In that spirit, I want to make... Read More

What Does St. Joseph Teach Us?

Vacation is always a good time to experience the Church universal. You do not even have to go to... Read More