Bishop's Column

December 12, 2017
The infant Jesus beckons us to renew our faith in him daily
The infant Jesus beckons us to renew our faith in him daily

On Sunday, December 3, we began the liturgical season of Advent in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth on Christmas Day. In the first reading from Isaiah proclaimed on that day, we heard these words: “No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for Him” (Isaiah 64:3). 

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November 14, 2017
Come to the Eucharist in mourning and thanksgiving
Come to the Eucharist in mourning and thanksgiving

During this month of November, the church particularly draws our attention to our deceased loved ones and asks that we unite in praying that the Lord grant to them eternal peace and eternal life in His abiding presence.

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October 17, 2017
Pro-life efforts in Rochester, elsewhere are encouraging
Pro-life efforts in Rochester, elsewhere are encouraging

Once again we are celebrating Respect Life Month together with all our brothers and sisters throughout the church in the United States and beyond, who are invoking the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide our country and our world in upholding the right to life of every person.

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September 12, 2017
Love of Jesus shines through Diocese of Rochester’s 150 years
Love of Jesus shines through Diocese of Rochester’s 150 years

This month we will commence our celebration of the 150th anniversary of our Diocese, founded on March 3, 1868, with a Solemn Mass on September 22nd, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, with His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan as the celebrant and homilist.

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August 15, 2017
Like Mary, say ‘yes’ to Christ
Like Mary, say ‘yes’ to Christ

As we celebrate this Year of the Eucharist, let us contemplate the commitment to God made by His Mother Mary, Our Mother. 

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May 16, 2017
Pray God’s call is heard
Pray God’s call is heard

Sunday, May 7, was the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

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April 12, 2017
Recommit to our Lord
Recommit to our Lord

Holy Week began with weekend Masses on April 8 and 9 with the celebration of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, and it will culminate tomorrow in the glorious celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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March 16, 2017
Find, renew, live by faith this Lent
Find, renew, live by faith this Lent

On March 1, the church universal entered into the holy season of Lent. In his Lenten message, Pope Francis reminds us: "Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death.

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February 15, 2017
Youths excel with encouragement, prayer, example
Youths excel with encouragement, prayer, example

In the next several weeks, I will celebrate events with the youth of our diocese. These events are always impressive and a source of renewed hope now and into the future. 

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December 14, 2016
Leave world's noise at Advent, Christmas
Leave world's noise at Advent, Christmas

Each year with the celebration of Christmas, we focus on images of that first Christmas, a cave where the Savior of humanity was born. Certainly, we recognize that the Incarnation radically altered history. But in acknowledging the great transformation born at Bethlehem, we must realize the simplicity that surrounded Our Savior’s birth. Our society has become so complex that simplicity, which indeed can be a virtue, is now a lost virtue.

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