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This Lent, consider the Pope Francis’ call to mission…James Havey has

In recent his recent letter, Evangelii Gaudium,  the Holy Father reminds that:  “By virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients. The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the …

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“Make Sure You Tell The Whole Story”

On September 8 – 21, 2013, Dr. Michael Gable, Director, Mission Office, Ms. Melonise Knight, Dr. Jessie Thomas, Ms. Barbara Wuest, Mrs. Donna Goddard, Mrs. Nor-Rita Winters, and I traveled to Ghana, West Africa on a mission trip.  This trip was very important for me because it allowed me to fulfill a promise I had made to my friend and mentor, the late Rev. Paul Rehling. It would be very easy for me to describe the wonderful people I met: Most Rev. Gabriel Mante – Diocese of Jasikan, Most Rev. Peter Atuahene – Diocese of …

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One More Chance for Hope

I don’t usually blog about Brandon Heath so much (or song lyrics, for that matter), but more of his lyrics seem to be ringing very true in my mission work these last few days.  These are from his song “The One”: If there’s one thing that I’m sure of If there’s one thing that I know, You could be one in a sea of faces Or you can be one more chance for hope. When I think of what could be If we let our hearts believe That it takes just one Just one to …

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Dr. Mike in Rome

“Talk about Global Solidarity!  It made God, our Father, smile today in Rome.” After several days of cold rain, the bright blue sky and Roman sun opened up upon us 50,000-75,000 Catholics in St. Peter’s Square this Wednesday morning. All kinds people joined together from around the earth to celebrate our global church and say farewell to pope Benedict.  It was his last general audience where he thanked all the world for their prayers and for the next pope. (And what a blessing that I was in Rome for mission meetings at this time with 25 other Mission Office …

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Eat Less, Live Longer

When I was a Franciscan novice, there was a retired bishop, Rembert Kowalski, who lived in the novitiate community. As a young Franciscan priest, he volunteered to serve in the missions in China. He was assigned to work in Wuhang, China, in 1925. Eventually, he was selected to be bishop of Wuchang, China. When the Japanese invaded China, they imprisoned Bishop Kowalski because he was an American. He suffered nearly three years in a Japanese POW camp, mostly in solitary confinement. After the defeat of the Japanese in August, 1945, Bishop Kowalski went right back …

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On Becoming Missionary

It has been approximately one year and four months since I moved to the Northern part of the Archdiocese. I made this move from ministering in a large suburban Cincinnati parish-itself a past move in my life just nine-plus previous years ago.    I have learned that when a person makes a life-changing move or is impacted by life-changing events, this person’s previous reality may not immediately serve their newfound situation. William Bridges, author of the book Transitions-Making Sense of Life’s Changes, says “you must realize that some significant part of your old reality was …

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Service to God

Ever consider Lay Missionary Service?  It’s faith- life transforming!  Never too old! Did you know the Mormons expect two years of mission work …as do some Mennonite churches?  Some of them have asked me, “Are Catholics expected to give a few years in service to God and their church?”  I usually reply, “Well, it’s not expected but those that do serve even for 6 months or a year are wonderfully transformed.” I can relate to that from my own personal experience. Before I was married, I was blessed to serve for few years with the …

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Lessons from My Father

Second only to each of the births of his seven children, there was no day more anticipated by my father than the first day of fishing season. And, while, on any given pre-dawn Sunday, you’d find my dad fishing, anywhere, anytime, for any type of fish, his preference was fly fishing. Now, apparently, fly fishing isn’t like any other kind of fishing. Unfortunately, I can’t exactly appreciate the intricacies—it was the old “girl + bait = ewwwwwww” thing, but those who do, will pardon my feeble attempt here to make the most of the metaphor. …

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Why I Stick with the Catholic Church: Heroes Who Inspire

With all the difficult news about the Catholic Church in recent years, with the sex abuse scandals, deep divisions in our church, etc. some ask me “why stick with this church?”  I sometimes share that I’ve been blessed to work with many holy, dedicated Catholics in mission territories and in U.S. parishes who keep serving God’s people and loving Jesus regardless of all these problems.  They inspire me to “hang in there” and to keep “my eyes on the prize”…God’s reign of hope, justice, peace and joy. In mid May, I was blessed to help …

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Lessons from the Early Church

When I was a high school teacher I taught Church history to a lot of sophomores.  One of the things I did to mix things up was to re-enact the early Church.  Students could self select themselves into three groups.  One was the prayer group, and they planned a prayer service for the class.  Another was the law and order group which was charged with constructing guidelines for the Christian community.  Then there was the evangelization team, which sent “Paul and Barnabas” on some pretend missionary journeys to other classrooms to gather converts.  And they …

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