Ken Hallenius

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The Joy of Being ‘Ordinary’

Across America, Memorial Day is traditionally seen as the beginning of summer, the time of year when many people begin their season of outdoor picnics, road trips, and vacations. Inside […]

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The Gift of Priests and Parents

Recently, I attended the joyful first Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by a newly ordained priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Father Nik Guiney. A priest’s first Mass is an […]

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He Is Truly Risen!

Alleluia! Happy Easter to you! There is a traditional greeting used by many Christians during the Easter season in which the first person says, “He is risen!” and the other […]

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Lenten Advice from Padre Pio: ‘Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry’

During this Lenten season, many parishes offer the traditional devotion of the Stations of the Cross, which recalls the last hours of the passion of Jesus as he was condemned […]

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A Culture of Life and Civilization of Love

Earlier this month, I traveled to Washington, D.C., with a large group of students, faculty, and staff from the University of Notre Dame to participate in the annual March for […]

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Like the Angels on High, Give Glory to God

You may notice a curious phrase repeated multiple times in the readings at Christmas: “Do not be afraid!” We hear it proclaimed on Christmas Eve, as the angel comforts Joseph […]

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If There Is No Patron Saint for Your Cause, Become One

Recently, my friend David retired after a long career in radio. I had many great conversations with him through the years during the morning show on Portland’s Catholic radio station, […]

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Speaking Only to God or About God

In my home parish of St. Joseph in South Bend, we are blessed with the presence of the priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross, a religious order […]

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The Joyful Heart of St. Philip

This past summer, I had the joy of participating in a conference for Church communications professionals from around the world, hosted by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in […]

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Shepherds and Sheep

We’ve reached the point in the Easter season when the liturgy presents Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd, tending his flock with care. When I think about this, I usually […]

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Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal presented to Robert P. George

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture presented the 2023 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal — the nation’s most important award for heroes of the pro-life movement — to […]

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Reviewing the Holiest — and Most Joyful — Week

I don’t know how the six weeks of Lent went for you, but I was really glad when we reached Holy Week. I love the liturgies and traditions that we […]