Bishop's Column

June 12, 2018
Focus on the Eucharist endures beyond 12 months
Focus on the Eucharist endures beyond 12 months

The spring season for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation has concluded, and I would be remiss if I did not extend my gratitude for all who brought our candidates to such an important moment in their lives: the reception of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit and bestowing upon them the seven-fold gifts of His Holy Spirit, namely, “the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of the fear of the Lord (which is the spirit of wonder and awe in Lord’s presence)” (The Order of Confirmation). 

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May 16, 2018
Everyone in the Christian community must promote vocations
Everyone in the Christian community must promote vocations

Over the last several months, I have been working with our Priests’ Personnel Board in preparation for the June assignments of clergy. 

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April 17, 2018
Dedication of new St. Pius X Church offers example for young people
Dedication of new St. Pius X Church offers example for young people

On March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, we celebrated the dedication of the new St. Pius X Church in Chili. As you recall, the previous church was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Day in 2015. Such an event could destroy the spirit of a parish, but such was not the case for the good and faithful parishioners of St. Pius X Parish.

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March 16, 2018
Lent deepens our understanding of the sacrifice of the cross
Lent deepens our understanding of the sacrifice of the cross

We are now well into the holy season of Lent. The days pass very quickly, and it is possible that our resolutions to deepen and enrich our faith have not progressed as we had hoped.

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February 13, 2018
Grateful for installation anniversary, diocese’s devotion to the Eucharist
Grateful for installation anniversary, diocese’s devotion to the Eucharist

January 3, 2018, the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, marked the fourth anniversary of my installation as the Bishop of Rochester. These four years have passed very quickly and each year filled with many and varied activities

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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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