Father O'Connor embraced a wide range of life
experiences, from joining a fire department to partnering with high-powered
real estate moguls.
If you walk down the halls at Church of the Nativity in Burke and meander in the direction of the youth ministry offices, chances are you will hear Ingrid Sánchez-Seymour before you see her. The self-described extrovert loves people and sharing her Catholic faith. She has traveled far and wide and has learned multiple languages just to talk to as many people as she can. But even though she has seen a good bit of the world, one of her favorite places is Nativity's youth group activity room. The room, painted yellow, her favorite color, is nicknamed “the well.” The name comes from the Gospel account of Jesus's conversation at the well with the Samaritan women.
It was the summer of 1992, and in a tucked-away restaurant in Kolkata, India, a 22-year-old American used nearly two-thirds of his remaining money to make a long-distance phone call to the United States.More
His little voice piped up between the “booms,” “pows” and “bams” that filled the humid night air in the heart of D.C. It was 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July and the bad news was that our 1-year-old was still awake. The good news was that — after hearing our response to exploding colors — he’d learned a new word. More
India covers more than 1 million square miles and has a
population of 1.2 billion people. It's a big country. It's
also the birthplace of many religions including Hinduism,
Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
Today, Pérez-Alcalá is a consecrated layman at McLean's Stabat Mater, a secular Marian institute founded by Father Tomás Morales Pérez in Madrid. But once he was an engineering student who was completely unaware that his life was about to change on an otherwise ordinary day walking down the streets of Madrid. More
Janis Clarke loves to sing. She sings at parish missions,
carols in the streets and sometimes even in convenience
stores. During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Clarke, a
consecrated virgin and singing evangelist, is on a mission to
bring God's mercy to the hearts of all who will listen, and
she is doing it one note at a time.
"For I was hungry and you gave me food ... I was sick and you
visited me, I was imprisoned and you came to me" Mt 25:35-36.
Jill and James Sherk converted separately to Catholicism,
though both came by way of a methodical approach, combined
with a final leap of faith.
Deep peace, the kind that transforms the soul and ripples
outward into the world, is not guaranteed in this life.
Benedictine Sister Dolores Dean knows what it's like to
obtain such a gift, to lose it and then - nearly a lifetime
later - come home to it for good.
There is a Latin phrase, via media, or, middle road, used by
the Church of England to describe its balancing act between
Catholicism and Protestant denominations after the