Sacred Heart Center

Sacred Heart Center

I came to the United States on January 27, 2016. My mother came to the US when I was 8 years old, so I had not seen her since then. When I came, I tried to enter High School, but they told me I could…

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic organization answering the Gospel call to minister to children and families in need. Located in Chicago, Mercy Home has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. Through its residential, AfterCare, and mentoring programs, Mercy…

Carmelite Communities Associated

Carmelite Communities Associated

My name is Sister Robin of the Blessed Sacrament. Born in a beautiful suburb of Philadelphia named Wynnewood as Robin Stratton, and the firstborn of five children, I entered Carmel in 1958, a year after graduating from high school. I have lived as a Discalced…

Servants to All

Servants to All

Servants to All is a faith-based program and the Schuylkill County’s only emergency homeless shelter providing housing, case management, and material goods.  Servants to All provides supportive services to homeless individuals in Schuylkill County and the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania.  Established in 2012, the organization…

The Church United at FOCUS' SEEK

By Fr. Jeff Ryan Miraflor, SJ. It isn’t a new revelation that the Church is in a crisis. Rampant clerical sex abuse. Bishops have lost our trust. Public squabbling. Endless scandals and media revelations. What has been the result? Division. People leaving the Church. People like…

Giving to Those Who Have Given Generously

Giving to Those Who Have Given Generously

David Brooks volunteers at My Brother’s Keeper in Easton, Mass. He recently established an annuity with Ignatian Volunteer Corps. I write this reflection during the Lenten season in which the Church calls us to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  I particularly want to reflect on almsgiving…

Pope Benedict’s Lebanon Voyage (1292)

Middle East scholar Father Samir Samir on the Holy Father’s trip and the ‘Arab spring.’ Pope Benedict XVI visits Lebanon Sept. 14-16, arriving in the Middle East region at a time of bloody internal conflict in Syria and simmering tensions between Israel and Iran.

Mary Assumed

Every religious culture has its own jargon. Some expressions have pulled loose from their religious moorings and entered our common lexicon. I think of “mecca,” “nirvana,” and “kosher.” Catholicism is no exception. You don’t have to be a believer to call someone “Mother Teresa” or…

Essentials for Our Journey with Christ

After nine years as pastor of St. Ambrose Church in Albion, Rhode Island, the Father Bernard A. Healey recently was reassigned to the East Greenwich parish of Our Lady of Mercy. Following is his final homily at St. Ambrose, a tribute to the parish and…