Tag: Blessed John Paul II

20 Years Ago…

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of my Deacon Ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica. Providentially, I have the grace to be back in the Eternal City to mark this occasion. Yesterday was the first day in Rome.  After arriving at the North American College, I spent some time in the Blessed Sacrament chapel where many hours were spent as a seminarian, prayerfully discerning and listening to the voice of the Lord as He lead me to His altar of Priesthood.  There is a beautiful image of the Good Shepherd on the door of the tabernacle in this chapel, […]

Welcome Fr. Demetrio Penascoza!

 Today I had the great pleasure to welcome to the Diocese of Cheyenne, Fr. Demetrio Penascoza.  Fr. arrived at the Cheyenne airport around noon today, and our Chancellor, Carol DeLois and I welcomed him to the bishop’s residence.  We celebrated Mass and then had a chance to get acquainted over a nice lunch. Fr. Demetrio is an Augustinian, presently on leave from his community in the Philippines while he discerns a possible call to diocesan priesthood.  He most recently served as a pastor for three years in a parish in New Zealand.  He is now looking forward to […]

Recognizing Our Poverty

“Give them some food yourselves.”  With these words in  Sunday’s Gospel (Mt 14:13-21), Jesus is not only challenging His disciples, but is once again being the Teacher.  He wants them to understand their own poverty, apart from Him.  At the same time, He wants to teach them the ever abiding richness that flows from Him. Blessed Pope John Paul II in His Post Synodal Exhortation, Pastores Gregis, following the 2001 Synod on the Life of Bishops, in the conclusion, used this passage to give a concise teaching on the abundance of grace and goodness that is […]

Divine Mercy Sunday

Today, the Pope who instituted Divine Mercy Sunday is declared “Blessed”, Pope John Paul II.  Each time I see a video clip, or read something of his writings, or hear the homily from today’s beatification ceremony, my heart is still moved and my faith stirred and inspired by this holy man.  The Church is truly grateful for this life and ministry, papacy and preaching of Blessed John Paul II, and I believe the full impact of his faith and papacy is yet to be realized. On the more local scene…yesterday evening I celebrated Mass at […]

Blessed Pope John Paul II – More Memories

After what I thought was a once in a lifetime experience, working the 1987 Papal Visit, there were other opportunities to be in the presence of this holy man.  In fact, I’m sure his courage, prayerfulness and inspiring presence had something to do with my own decision to go back to the seminary in the Fall of 1988. When the “new men” arrive at the North American College Seminary in Rome, one of the many events planned is a Mass with the Pope in the crypt of St. Peters at the Christo Re altar.  This […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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