We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.
My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”
Michael J. Sheehan
Archbishop of Santa Fe
A List of the Most Blessed
Would this news announcement grab your attention?
In Geneva, Switzerland, the International Organization of Joy has announced a worldwide program to identify the most blessed persons on the planet. Those who consider themselves qualified to receive this recognition can submit their names. On December 31, 2013, an international committee of judges will selected the first ten winners and a list of also-rans.
I tested this with several friends asking if they would enter the survey, and here are their replies:
- Author (male) I’m skeptical, but what do I have to loose? Yes, submit my name.
- Bulgarian food server (male) No, because I am not blessed.
- Fitness trainer (female) Yes, but it is all relative.
- Mercedes garage owner (male) Let me give it more thought.
- Christian Brother (male) Count me in.
- Retired accountant (female) No, because I think this is a another gimmick to get my e-mail address.
- Professional Fund Raiser (male) Wow! That’s a great idea.
- Housewife and mother (female) I bet all the winners will be husbands with good wives.
- Banker (male) Before I send in my name, I want to be sure there is no hidden cost involved.
Me Editor (male) Yes, and if I don’t get first place, I’ll demand a recount.
You ( ) ……………………………………………………….
(I double-dog dare you to send me your response) firstname.lastname@example.org)
Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests
The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (email@example.com)
Fr. Kevin J. O’Neil, Washington, DC NEW!
Fr. Robert Aufieri, New York,NY)
Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY
Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA
Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)
Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)
Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT
Bishop James Vann Johnston, Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)
Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS
Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA)
Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)
Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)
Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)
Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)
Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)
Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL) Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)
Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)
Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)
Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)
Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami) Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)
Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)
Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)
Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)
Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)
Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)
Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)
Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN)
Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)
Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)