Friday, May 3, 2013

One Seminary's Loss is One Diocese's Gain

Father Michael Barber, S.J. has been named Bishop of Oakland. He has served us well, and remains an inspiration to us all.

From Rector Monsignor James P. Moroney's Blog:

This morning it was announced that Pope Francis has appointed Father Michael Barber, S.J. as Bishop of Oakland in California. Father Michael Barber, S.J. has served as Director of Spiritual Formation at Saint John’s Seminary in Boston since June of 2010.

Fr. Barber has a storied priesthood:

The bishop-designate entered the Jesuits in 1973 and was ordained a priest in 1985.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history at Gonzaga University in 1978, completed his theological studies at Regis College at the University of Toronto in 1985, and obtained an ecclesiastical license in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1989.

At 59 years-old, Bishop-designate Barber has served in numerous capacities, including as a missionary in Western Samoa, an assistant professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, a tutor and chaplain at the University of Oxford, and as chaplain for the U.S. Navy Reserve.

During his time at the Gregorian, he taught dogmatic theology and conducted research on unpublished manuscripts of sermons by Blessed John Henry Newman.

His time as a military chaplain included being called to active duty in 2003 to serve the 6,000 troops in the 4th Marine Air Wing who participated in the invasion of Iraq.

He speaks English, Italian, Spanish and Latin.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pope Benedict

It can be argued that Pope Emeritus Benedict defined at home what Blessed Pope John Paul II preached abroad: the “New Evangelization.” For Benedict, all evangelization flows from the Mass properly understood and celebrated. At a time when the secular articulates progress as synonymous with reinvention, Benedict instead sought renewal. He showed us that the “New Evangelization” lied not in the adaptation of dogma, but rather in the increase of beauty and objectivity in the words of the Mass. None should be surprised that the closing public words of the 265th papacy were “let us return to prayer.”

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Habemus Papam. And his name is Francis.

From his first homily: "I would like that all of us, after these days of grace, might have the courage - the courage - to walk in the presence of the Lord, with the Cross of the Lord: to build the Church on the Blood of the Lord, which is ...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Seeking the priesthood through prayer

From an article I wrote years ago:

This time last year I entered Our Lady of Providence Seminary (OLP) on Mount Pleasant Avenue with a heart that was heavy and a backpack that was light. In an effort to determine whether or not the strings of my heart were pulling me toward the priesthood, I agreed to attend the annual Bishop’s discernment overnight retreat. I returned to the same retreat one year later with a peaceful heart and no bag at all, for now I am a seminarian and OLP is my home.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jimmy Fallon Stumbles Upon Reality of The Mass

"I feel so small." These words, spoken by Fr. Chris Murphy during his first Mass of Thanksgiving, are easy to understand in light of the pomp and circumstance of this past weekend's Priesthood ordinations. The joy experienced by the thousands of people present no doubt added to a chorus of thanksgiving that rang louder than our Cathedral choir. But Chris' words remind us of the divine reality behind the grandiosity of the Ordination Mass

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Seeking the good in the bad

Last week a friend and I were out to dinner at an establishment in which a local celebrity was also dining. Almost instinctively and virtually in sync, she and I each grabbed our phones in order to update our facebook statuses. The online world, we both thought, must know of our being at the right place at the right time!