Why Iran Matters to Catholics Like You and Me

Why Iran Matters to Catholics Like You and Me

As the street protests in Iran move into their second week we must wonder, just what is it, that is taking place?  There are so many questions and so little information from commentators with the experience to tell us just what it is that is happening.  The first question that comes to mind is, just…

Holy Father Inaugurates Year of the Priest: Just in Time for Father’s Day

Holy Father Inaugurates Year of the Priest: Just in Time for Father’s Day

Here in the United States, we are preparing celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday June 21.  This traditional holiday celebrates the unique contribution to the stability of our society that fathers make in their every day mission of guiding their families. We Catholics understand that the family is the individual building block upon which an ordered…

Changing Times – Changing Methods – Timeless Truth: The Catholic Distance University

Changing Times – Changing Methods – Timeless Truth: The Catholic Distance University

by Mark McElrath Have you just found yourself downsized and feel the need to complete your Bachelor’s degree?  Are you feeling empty in your current field of employment and want to work in a new career direction, maybe something related to the church but need further academic development or certification?  Are you one of those…

The Most Reverend Cirilo Flores: The Most Recent in Apostolic Succession

The Most Reverend Cirilo Flores: The Most Recent in Apostolic Succession

Mark McElrath, vice president of the clothing manufacturer DaRue of California, gives a gripping first-hand account of a rarely seen event in the United States, namely, the ordination of a bishop, the newly ordained Bishop Cirilo Flores (pictured above).. —ed. Since the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon those gathered in the…

The Seven Holy Founders were Seven Merchant Princes

The Seven Holy Founders were Seven Merchant Princes

By Mark McElrath On February 17, we celebrated the feast of the Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary, commonly known as “the Servites.”  This religious community was formed 775 years ago by the radical witness of seven merchant princes from renaissance Florence who gave up the life of material comfort,…