Tag: Gratitude

To The People of God of Anchorage: Gratitude and Final Exhortation

It is Friday afternoon, May 31, and I have left the chancery of the Archdiocese of Anchorage for the last time as the Archbishop of Anchorage. In the morning, I board a plane for Seattle.  Please allow me one final word of encouragement, dear people of faith and of God. “They [Paul and Barnabas] strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith …” (Acts 14:22) As one reads the Acts of the Apostles, there is a long list of communities that received the Apostles, and marked the places where […]

Stewardship: A Way Of Life; Making A Generous Gift Of Self

Yesterday, pastoral leaders from around the Archdiocese of Anchorage gathered to learn more about stewardship, not as a program, but as a spirituality, a way of life. The theme for the day was: “Be Not Afraid: Making a Gift of Self.” Our guest speaker for the day was Deacon David Krueger from the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska.  In addition to being a permanent deacon, he serves as a client manager for Catholic Stewardship Consultants.  We are grateful for his presence and witness. The spirituality of stewardship is rooted in a strong sense and knowledge that all […]

New Year’s Greetings!

As 2016 draws to a close, I hope you are able to give thanks for the many ways God has been present and active in your life this year.  In order to plan for a new year, it is helpful to take stock of my awareness of God’s presence and action in this past year.  I’ll readily admit, I’m often so consumed with meeting the demands of the ‘present’ that I can tend to lose sight at times of what God is doing and how God has been answering all of my prayers. January 1st […]

Ordained A Priest 24 Years Today

My day has been filled with many fond memories, and my heart is filled with much gratitude.  Twenty Four years ago today, I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Archbishop O’Meara, Archbishop of Indianapolis, died in January, 1992, and we were still without an archbishop.  Bishop Gettelfinger, a former priest from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was asked to be the ordaining prelate.  Bishop Gettelfinger would go on to ordain two of my brothers for his own diocese as priests for Evansville, Indiana. If memory serves me well, July 11, 1992, it was announced […]

We Give Thanks, God Has Blessed Us With Another Priest. Congratulations, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter!

Nothing like an ordination to breath new life into a local Church.  The cathedral was full for today’s ordination of Rev. Andrew Kinstetter, and it was a beautiful celebration!  Pictures from the ceremony can be viewed here, and as always, I’m very grateful to Matt Potter for his photography skills.  Homily is below. Please join us in grateful prayer to God for the blessing of a new priest! Homily For Priesthood Ordination of Rev. Andrew Kinstetter, May 20, 2016 The Gospel selected for today (John 17:6, 14-19) gives us not only a beautiful teaching of Jesus, […]

Thanks Sr. Ruth Ann Hehn, SCL

With great joy and gratitude, people gathered today with Sr. Ruth Ann Hehn at Holy Trinity for Mass and a luncheon to celebrate her retirement as Administrator of Holy Trinity Manor. For twenty-six years she faithfully shared with the manor residents the love of Jesus Christ. Sr. Ruth Ann is a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas.  Her religious community professes a vision that embraces the charisms of Saints Vincent, Louise and Mother Xavier. Those charisms live vibrantly in Sister as a disciple who truly loves the poor and chooses to live simply as a child of God. […]

Generations & Generations; Give Thanks For Family

Today, the Church begins the Christmas story in the Gospel of Matthew. Incidentally, today is also the birthday of Pope Francis.  Happy Birthday, Holy Father!  The use of the O Antiphons begin with evening prayer this evening, as our Novena for Christmas begins. Each day from now to Christmas, with each Gospel reading, we will draw nearer to the account of the birth of Jesus. Matthew begins his Gospel with a genealogy of Jesus, beginning with the Patriarch, Abraham.  Matthew calls Jesus the “son of David, the son of Abraham.” (1:1) because Jesus is the […]

Five Ways To Thanks Food Producers

As Thanksgiving approaches, I hope you are anticipating time with family and friends, or at least, some way to celebrate your gratitude for God’s many blessings in your life. It is good that our nation has the wisdom to set aside a day to give thanks to God for his many blessings, as a nation, as families, or as individuals. Among the many things for which we are most grateful are freedom, family, health, faith, and, especially on this feast of Thanksgiving, food! In a world where hunger is a daily struggle for many, it […]

Comfort My People

Today is a day of Thanksgiving as I celebrate the 5th anniversary of my ordination as a bishop.  The words come to mind of  Blessed Mother’s response to Elizabeth upon hearing the words: “And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”  My own heart is so full of gratitude to God: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”  (Luke 1 43, 46-47) Today’s readings could not have better captured the joy and responsibility it is to be a […]

Giving Thanks is Good for the Soul

  Today, our nation pauses to give thanks.  I’ll be taking time today to help serve meals to the homeless and homebound.  As we gather with family and friends today, let’s not forget those who are struggling in these days. Early this morning, I began my ‘litany of thanks’ beginning with gratitude to God and my dependence upon him!  I give thanks for my faith, that allows me to believe in God and be grateful for his many blessings; the beauty of creation and everything within it.  I was even able to give thanks for […]

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