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On the Pilgrim Road
During Holy Week, I was blessed to be able to hike the famous ancient pilgrimage route called the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, (The Way of St. James) which leads to the tomb of the apostle St. James the Greater in northwest Spain.  For over a 1,000 yea...

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Easter Greetings
Wishing all a Blessed Easter season!   Christ is risen indeed! Here in Rome, the weather has been beautiful with the temperatures warming and the Spring flowers blooming.  Being from Florida, I had forgotten how powerful it is to watch nature reawaken after...

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This Semester's Project
At the conclusion of this semester, I will be completing my STB degree (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) (a graduate level Church degree).  As part of the process, I am writing a capstone paper.  It is a historical and theological treatise on the pseudo-heresy ...

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A Morning Prayer
Here's a neat vintage prayer card that I found online.  To me, it is a wonderful reminder of how we should live our lives as Catholics, by letting our joy and light shine. If you haven't made some additional resolutions this Lent, perhaps this prayer can he...

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Lent- A meditation
On this Ash Wednesday, as we begin the holy season of Lent, in preparation for Easter, I'd like to share with you a theological meditation by our seminary's Director of Liturgy and Benedictine monk, Fr. Belsole:  God Triumphed in
the Person of Christ “The J...

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Lent has arrived and an ancient tradition resumes: The Station Churches of Rome
Here in the Eternal City, at the beginning of Lent, an early morning ritual commences once again: Known as the Station Church Pilgrimage, hundreds of faithful make their way to a different church in Rome each day for Holy Mass.  The majority of the group is...

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Happy New Year
These last months have flown by, punctuated with exciting adventures, and now the new year beckons us to reflect on our past, present, and future. I hope that everyone had an Advent and Christmas season full of peace and joy and we celebrated the coming of ...

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A Long Expected Update
+JMJ Greetings from the Eternal City! In September, I returned to the Pontifical North American College seminary in Rome, and am continuing my third year of theology studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University here. At the end of this academic year, I wi...

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+JMJ Dear Friends and Benefactors, Giving thanks to the Lord for you!  I hope this finds you well! The summer has come to a close, and so has my pastoral year assignment here at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL.  In a few days, I’ll be returning to the Pont...

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Happenings
This past weekend, I traveled home to Ave Maria, Florida to participate in Ave Maria University's Exalt Youth Conference.  Along with other seminarians, I served Holy Mass, manned the Vocation Booth, and was a part of a presentation on Vocations.  It was in...
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