St. Paul’s Parish Takes Faith to the Streets

Maria Hayes Around the Province

WILMINGTON, Del. — “I want the Church to be in the streets. I want us to defend ourselves against all that is worldliness, comfort, being closed and turned within.” So said Pope Francis during last year’s World Youth Day in Brazil. This year, the people of St. Paul’s Parish in Wilmington kept the pontiff’s words in their hearts, as they …

Ministries Share Digital Gospel Message During Lent

Maria Hayes Around the Province

David Convertino, OFM, was a newly ordained priest when a woman came up to him before Mass and asked that in his homily, he give parishioners “something to hold on to that will carry us through the week.” Her comment inspired “Lent in My Pocket,” a booklet containing one thought to reflect on daily throughout Lent and Holy Week. Available as …

Seasonal Reflection: Pope Francis and the Latin American Church

Joseph Nangle, OFM Features

What experiences made Pope Francis who he is today? Below, a friar who served for 15 years in South America as the Latin American Church underwent radical change following the Second Vatican Council, discusses how those changes continue to influence Pope Francis’ approach to the papacy. What a difference a year makes! I write this on the first anniversary of …