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November 30, 2007

As a sixth-grade youngster, my teacher, Felician Sister Mary Charitas, taught us what we call the “marks” of the church, those four terms that define how we are the church of Christ. The church is one, holy, catholic and apostolic.

November 16, 2007

‘Give me a call’

A couple of weeks ago while out at a restaurant for breakfast with two very fine priests, a woman introduced herself and told me that I had confirmed her grandson right after I became a bishop 10 years ago. I asked her if her grandson was still practicing the faith. She was quick to point out he wasn’t. I gave his mom, who was also there, my business card. I asked that she give the card to her son so he could call me. In turn, the mom said: “This is my son’s girlfriend.” She turned to the young lady next to her.

October 26, 2007

Pittsburgh has often been called the “City of Bridges.” In gaining access and egress to and from the city of Pittsburgh alone, there are any number of bridges.

Because of the major main arteries that the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers provide to our area, there are also many bridges that connect with the smaller communities of our diocese.

October 9, 2007

The fact is that there are amazing stories every day of good people doing wonderful things. Since these people don’t seem to make the news as often as they should, maybe that is good news in and of itself. Their extraordinary service is ordinary.

I am touched by this in my travels around the diocese. I have spent my first six weeks traveling to all kinds of events, from installing pastors to confirmations. Everywhere I go, I encounter wonderful people doing wonderful things in service for others.