Columnists/Guest Columnists
Updated: November 8th, 2015
Little Sister of the Poor Constance Veit
Friday, 12 February 2016
What do 207 members of Congress, 50 Catholic theologians, 13 law professors, nine professional associations and two prominent women’s organizations have in common with the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the American Islamic Congress, the General Conference of Seventh-Day Ad...
FATHER JAMES CRYAN, OSFS
Sunday, 08 November 2015
It’s been 60 years since I read Cicero’s “De Senectute” (“On Old Age”) in first year college Latin.  I remember its optimism, but I was a teenager then and the issue of aging was remote. Time went fast in my sixty years as an Oblate...
TOM KONECNY, Special to the Chronicle
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
MAUMEE— During a WMOF breakout session last Thursday, I enjoyed meeting a woman who works for a major archdiocese in America. As we exchanged pleasantries, she asked about my own pilgrimage, so I described our group and all the planning done by ou...
TOM KONECNY, Special to the Chronicle
Monday, 28 September 2015
PHILADELPHIA—Sunday proved to be the most difficult day of the pilgrimage, both physically and emotionally. As it turned out, we missed the Papal Mass entirely after waiting for about seven hours to enter the security checkpoint. Whether organizer...
TOM KONECNY, Special to the Chronicle
Sunday, 27 September 2015
PHILADELPHIA—“We saw Pope Francis!” That was the refrain by our family and pilgrims everywhere, as we reveled with delight to finally see the Pope. What a thrill and blessing to feel his presence in person. Amazing. Unbelievable. Inspirationa...
TOM KONECNY, Special to the Chronicle
Saturday, 26 September 2015
PHILADELPHIA— It was hard to remain bittersweet for long even though today’s World Meeting of Families finally came to a close, because not only is the visit of Pope Francis practically upon us, the adult congress came to a climactic finish with ...
TOM KONECNY, Special to the Chronicle
Friday, 25 September 2015
PHILADELPHIA—We’re now at the halfway point of our trip. Reflecting on the first four wonderful days, I can attest that a pilgrimage can also be challenging at times. Not only are we in the nation’s fifth largest city, but it’s absolutely ja...
TOM KONECNY, Special to the Chronicle
Thursday, 24 September 2015
PHILADELPHIA—What an amazing day here at the World Meeting of Families. It was a blessing to start off the morning with Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas at the Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhoo...
TOM KONECNY, Special to the Chronicle
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
PHILADELPHIA—Like most regular churchgoers, we sometimes find ourselves away from our home parish on the weekend. Whether due to vacation or another circumstance, we’ve had the pleasure of partic...
TOM KONECNY, Special to the Chronicle
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
NEWARK, Del.—Packing for this amazing journey felt a bit like a head coach making roster cuts. When you combine four young kids, eight days and a ten-hour bus ride – there were requests for many f...
Holy Cross Father David Halm
Friday, 21 August 2015
The famous theologian Jesuit Father Karl Rahner remarked to his ordination classmates, “Parishioners do not see the human person in their priest; they see Christ – living, teaching, visiting, cons...
ROSE ROCCISANO BARTO, Special to the Chronicle
Friday, 03 April 2015
I have finally learned that death is not the end. It is the beginning. Of course that is something our faith tells us. Is it something we truly believe, however, or something we mumble among other pr...
FR. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Saturday, 07 March 2015
Bariatric surgery, which often involves banding of the stomach, is a widely used procedure for treating severe obesity. Another approach that relies on an implantable “stomach pacemaker” also appe...