El Mensajero (English)

Bishop's Column

May 17, 2016
Thankful for those who serve
Thankful for those who serve

In this May issue of El Mensajero it is a joy to share with you some reflections expressing my own admiration for those living these vocations.

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April 12, 2016
Praying for Easter peace, joy
Praying for Easter peace, joy

Have you had the experience of explaining a situation or event, or a particularly difficult experience to others who, for some reason, just do not understand?

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March 16, 2016
Proposals are tragic offense against life
Proposals are tragic offense against life

In this issue of the Catholic Courier, I wish to take the opportunity to share with you my statement regarding physician-assisted suicide, in the event that you may not be aware of this statement on such a critical issue presently being debated by the New York state Legislature. 

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February 18, 2016
Year of Mercy is a call to know Jesus
Year of Mercy is a call to know Jesus

On the solemn inauguration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, symbolically initiated with the opening of the Door of Mercy on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, it was fitting that we did so at the mother church of the diocese under the patronage of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

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December 15, 2015
Let Christmas make a difference in us
Let Christmas make a difference in us

"For He assumed at His first coming the lowliness of human flesh, and so filled the design you formed long ago, and opened for us the way to eternal salvation … " These words addressed to God, Our Father, and taken from Preface I of Advent, beautifully call to mind that we are now in the liturgical season of Advent, preparing for the great feast of Christmas, the birth of Our Savior, the Word become flesh: "he assumed … the lowliness of human flesh … and opened for us the way to eternal salvation … " 

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November 17, 2015
Don't delay preparation for eternal life
Don't delay preparation for eternal life

We have now begun the month of November when darkness comes earlier, sunrise later; the wind turns colder, and the trees have shed their leaves; night seems longer than day. In the midst of this seasonal transition of nature, Mother Church invites us in this month of All Souls to consider death and the preparation we make in this life to be worthy of eternal life. 

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October 14, 2015
Proclaim unambiguously the right to life
Proclaim unambiguously the right to life

Throughout the Catholic Church in the United States, the month of October is recognized as Respect Life Month, dedicated to the Gospel of Life, which upholds the dignity of every person from the moment of conception until natural death. As a community of faith, with charity for all, we give special attention at this time to thank God for the great gift of life and to proclaim unambiguously the right to life for every person from the very moment of conception until natural death.

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September 15, 2015
Pope comes to reignite love in our hearts
Pope comes to reignite love in our hearts

As we prepare for the pastoral visit to the United States of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, from September 22-27, I ask that you join me in prayer, asking the Lord to open our minds and hearts to receive the Holy Father’s message of hope and new life in Christ.

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August 11, 2015
Pray for religious liberty to continue
Pray for religious liberty to continue

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: "… We stand in the midst of a great cloud of witnesses."

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June 16, 2015
Celebrating fidelity to vocations
Celebrating fidelity to vocations

In St. Mark’s Gospel, chapter one, verses 29-39, we read about some of the many cures performed by Jesus. Among them is the healing of Simon’s mother-in-law, who "lay sick with a fever."

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