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Stuart A. Wilson-Smith, CSP | 01/08/14

Normally when I go home to Canada, I encounter the most frustration at the customs office. But lineups aside, the border crossing was actually quite...

Father Francis P. DeSiano, CSP | 01/06/14

Christmas Day was wonderful. After 7:30 a.m. Mass, I made the easy drive to New Jersey, where I was able to hang out with my...

Father Terrence P. Ryan, CSP | 01/02/14

Throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, girls flocked to religious orders in Christianity. What happened? Education. The great founders of religious orders of women...

Father John J. Geaney, CSP | 12/29/13

A researcher recently asked himself, “What makes me happy?” – and then he did some research to back up what he found out. He believes...

Father Francis P. DeSiano, CSP | 12/27/13

The following is a homily for Sunday, Dec. 29, the Feast of the Holy Family.   Learning a language has some hidden difficulties. We presume,...

Father Michael B. McGarry, CSP | 12/23/13

How did Ben Franklin put it? “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” A bit cynical, to be sure. Guests arrive and we...

Father Francis P. DeSiano, CSP | 12/19/13

The following is a homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22. What shall I get so-and-so for Christmas? Or where will we go...

Father Terrence P. Ryan, CSP | 12/17/13

I took ballroom dancing class one summer while a priest in San Francisco. Don’t ask. Anyway, we were taught all sorts of Latin dances. I...

Stuart A. Wilson-Smith, CSP | 12/16/13

One of the most striking things about the priestly/Paulist formation process is its “marathon-esque” quality. True, in the thick of things it can feel like...

Father Francis P. DeSiano, CSP | 12/13/13

The following is a homily for the third Sunday in Advent, Dec. 15. When the explanations started coming for the Metro North train crash two...

Father Terrence P. Ryan, CSP | 12/13/13

Some people say that we should not be praising Mandela because he was a communist. He was, and then he grew out of it with...

Father Francis P. DeSiano, CSP | 12/08/13

The following is a homily for the second Sunday in Advent, Dec. 8. So I was waiting to board a plane, standing next to a...