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What no one wants you to know about the pro-life movement

Cardinal O’Connor shook his finger at reporters and said “You’re all here, you’re here to print anything I say that might be controversial, that might sell newspapers, but week after week I make a promise, that the institutions of the Archdiocese of New York will help any woman with an unplanned pregnancy … and you never print that … you say we hate women … but you never, ever print (about) our merciful outreach …” This quote from the homily at the Prayer Vigil […]

New York City stands up for Life

Darkness fell on New York City on January 22, the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, as New Yorkers learned that a new bill was being signed into law increasing access to abortion throughout the state on this very day. As the daylight faded and the cold winter winds blew through the concrete canyons of the city, the faithful made their way to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue to offer “prayer and penance in reparation for all […]

A March Unlike any Other

As the cold, dreary morning dawned on Washington, DC, few realized that history was about to be made. The wet slushy ground and the heavy clouds made for an ominous backdrop to the 46th annual March for Life, coupled with reports of broken-down buses and unexpected delays, but today was to be a day of surprises … First a trickle of hardy souls arriving at the Mall, having snowball fights and making snowmen as young folks do. Then a slow […]

The Feast of the Holy Innocents on the streets of NYC

As the darkness of night gave way to the dawning day on the streets of New York City, stormy skies opened and a gentle rain began to fall. The city streets, slick with rain, reflected the falling footsteps of those shaking off their sleepiness and making their way to the places people go on a dreary Friday morning. But this Friday would be unlike most Fridays for those on their regular morning commute: Subway cars filled with the flowing white […]

Seeking Mother Teresa (and God) in Calcutta

The first time I felt the nudge, I was kneeling in St. Mary’s Church in Krakow during World Youth Day. I was still processing everything that I’d experienced that week, when Mother Teresa came to mind. She had so much faith, so much trust, I thought … and look where it led. As I left the church, I couldn’t shake my musings about the intensity of her faith in spite of the challenges. How does one get that kind of faith? I needed to know. That question led to […]

A portrait of protest and prayer in New York City

In the early hours of a cloudy Saturday morning, the pews of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Soho began to fill. Kneelers creaked as the weight of the faithful and their prayers was laid at the foot of the huge crucifix suspended high above the altar. These prayers were specific. This day marked the conclusion of 40 days of prayer and fasting, guided by 40 Days for Life and the Frassati Fellowship of New York, for all of those impacted […]

Exploring the oldest church in the world

Gentle sea breezes filled with the scent of salt air drift across the ancient port city of Aqaba in Jordan as the sun set low in the sky. The gleeful screams of playing children rise from the ruins of what is believed to be the world’s oldest intentionally built church, striking a curious contrast between the past and the present. Aqaba, called Elath and Aila in ancient times, located on the northeastern tip of the Red Sea on the Gulf of […]

Rosary procession in NY at Planned Parenthood vigil site

Hundreds were in attendance for the 2018 Spring Campaign Kick-off of 40 Days for Life and Witness for Life on Saturday in New York. The Mass, celebrated by Bishop Peter Byrne of the Archdiocese of New York at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, was followed by a Rosary procession to a local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic and vigil site. Priests, religious, and faithful gathered to pray for Christ’s mercy and healing for all those effected by abortion. They […]

The Sisters of Life are moving in!

On Saturday, May 5, The Sisters of Life. along with a small army of cheerful volunteers including the Frassati Fellowship of NYC, rolled up their sleeves and got to work cleaning out the new residence at the Church of St. Andrew, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, getting it ready for a fresh coat of paint and some much needed repair work after sitting dormant. The Church of St. Andrew was famous back in the early 1900s for […]

An extraordinary ordination in NYC

As the sun slowly rose on Manhattan sending its rays into the dark corridors between the skyscrapers, a familiar scene was unfolding before the massive doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Scores of people dressed in their finest clothes scurried across the sidewalk with smiling eyes and tense laughter, exchanging hugs and warm words of welcome as they made their way into “America’s parish church.” The day is Saturday, May 26, 2018. And on this day, before parents […]

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