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Father Edmund Sylvia, CSC, celebrates 50-year vocation

Father Edmund Sylvia’s call to the priesthood came as a result of renewal movements. He was a public school junior high school history teacher at the time, when one of […]

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Widows of Prayer supports priests, church leaders

The Widows of Prayer is a consecrated, lay community composed of widowed, practicing Catholic women who were married in the Catholic Church. The mission statement for the organization calls for […]

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A father’s perspective: Prayer brings us to what matters most

There are few moments that I can recall in my life that have had massive impacts: graduating from college is certainly one, marriage being another (and certainly greater) event. The […]

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Millersburg dad teaches that God is our first father

Jack Senger delivers more than the parcels he transports nearly every day for United Parcel Service; he has also been delivering a strong message of faith to his four children. The […]

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In Light of Faith: Keeping cradle Catholics in the faith

In his book “The Four Loves,” C.S. Lewis writes: “The typical expression of opening friendship would be something like, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.’” I […]

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Empathy: a Father’s Day gift

While visiting with friends and family who work with the homeless population and elderly veterans, the conversation turned to how many of these men are estranged from their families. Some […]

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Can I donate my body to science?

Some people may wish to donate their body to science after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided their body would contribute to […]

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The Catholic Doctor: When the heart beats too fast

Some time ago, I was trying to convince one of my patients to exercise. His response makes me smile every time I think about it. “Doc, I am a firm […]

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Religious freedom 2.0: An executive order short on orders

On May 4, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on religious freedom that was soon criticized from different directions. The order expresses an intent “to vigorously enforce federal law’s […]

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NEW COLUMN: In Light of Faith

Attending Mass led to my conversion  Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman once wrote that “to be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” Cardinal Newman, a notable convert […]

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‘Let your yes mean yes’: honesty with God, others

Rachel Gardner has a bad habit: She says yes when she ought to say no. A friend will ask to do lunch on Wednesday. “I say, ‘of course,’” Rachel recounts, […]

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The four dimensions of formation

The church, in her 2,000-year existence, has acquired a copious amount of wisdom. Part of that wisdom is found in the approach to seminary formation that the last century has […]