Friday, April 29, 2011


Check out this video from the tornado that hit northern Alabama a couple days ago. This guy is very lucky...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Episcopal Motto...

With the announcement this morning that another of our priests from Louisville is being made a bishop, the talk at the house here this evening turned episcopal. Specifically, what would be some of the great (ok, the not-so-great) episcopal mottos that could be chosen? (For those of you who are unaware, a bishop usually chooses a favorite quote from scripture - usually from one of the psalms or gospels - to serve as a motto; a kind of theme for their episcopate)

Knowing the sense of humor of most of us here at the house - and apologizing in advance for it - here's what we came up with as a proposed list of great (i.e., not so great!) episcopal mottos:

"Do Whatever He Tells You"
"Behold Your King"
"This Is My Beloved Son, In Whom I Am Well Pleased"
"Surely There Will Be A Stench"
"Jesus Wept"

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Weekend in Beantown...

It was a "bucket list" item: to attend a game at Fenway. Check that one off the list. This past weekend I took the chance to hop on an Amtrak train and head up to Boston with some good friends here at the house: Br. Jim and Fr. John. Br. Jim is a Capuchin who was assigned in Boston before returning to the university to obtain his doctorate in canon law. He has connections... in particular, a source for Red Sox tickets and a place to stay in Boston. Br. Jim knows EVERYBODY up there, including Cardinal O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, who we had dinner with on Saturday night. Oh yeah, and the Sam Adams brewery is a block and a half away. This was a great weekend.

Skyline of New York:

A Random Train Shot:

On the Train w/ Br. Jim:


Chowder Vendor ("Chowda Venda") in the Stands:

Old Seats of Fenway:

The Guys Before the Game (Fr. Charles, Br. Jim, Fr. John):

Yawkey Way Outside the Park:

Sam Adams Brewery Tour:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thesis: Mission Accomplished...

I can hardly believe it: the thesis is done. After many, many, MANY revisions, my director and reader both signed off on the project this afternoon. An historical and canonical investigation into the Sunday Mass obligation. Chapter four contains a survey of the question: "can a Catholic fulfill his Sunday Mass obligation at a chapel of the SSPX?" I lay out both arguments (pro and con) and then make an argument of my own as to why one cannot. It's amazing all that is involved in dealing with this question: canon 1248 concerning the Sunday obligation, canon 209 concerning the obligation to maintain communion with the Church, canon 11 concerning canonical sanctions only affecting those in full communion, canon 844 concerning communicatio in sacris, canon 28 of the Eastern Code concerning the definition of "Catholic rite," etc. etc. It was an interesting (albeit a long) exercise.

The Thesis is Approved:

Sunday, April 10, 2011


OK, I alluded to it in the last post. It's official. I received my letter of appointment from the Archbishop last week and it was announced at the parishes this weekend.

As you know, I'm coming to the end of what has been a very interesting three years. It's been a great time studying canon law, living in Washington, DC (yes, I said it. I sure wouldn't want to live the rest of my life in this crazy town, but it's a fun place sometimes...), and being a student. I've made a lot of great friends up here: classmates, guys who live in the house here, and my professors. I'm going to miss our dinner conversations here at the house. With guys studying everything from canon law to moral theology to ancient languages to philosophy, the conversations can range from the idiotic to the sublime. While I could have done with a little less paper writing and other school work, I've often thought that when I make it to 70, I'm going to look back on these three years and remember them as a great time. While I'm looking forward to the future, I'm also leaving some great memories behind here.

Allright, no more suspense. I've been assigned as pastor of St. Francis Xavier in Mt. Washington, KY, and All Saints in Taylorsville, KY. The effective date is June 22. I am really pleased with the assignment. Both parishes have wonderful reputations; faithful people who are dedicated to the Church. I've already received several nice e-mails from parishioners welcoming me. I can't wait to get home and begin the assignment. The parishes are about twenty or so miles south of Louisville. I'll have additional responsibilities at the tribunal (putting my JCL degree to work), as well as continuing to celebrate the Extraordinary Form Mass in Louisville. No pastor has only one job nowadays - and my plate will be plenty full - but after three years as a student I'm ready to get back into the life of being a parish priest. If I've learned anything these past three years (other than a healthy dose of canon law), it's that my heart lies in a parish.

The Parish Website is HERE.

All Saints Parish, Taylorsville:

St. Francis Xavier Parish, Mt. Washington:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Next Month...

A lot of things are going to be taking place in my life in the next month or so: I'm just about ready to submit a thesis to my reader, I'm finishing the last classes of my (illustrious) canon law schooling, taking (and hopefully passing) my comprehensive exams, returning home in time to celebrate my tenth anniversary with a solemn high Mass at my home parish, vesting Deacon Matthew Hardesty at his priesthood ordination and preaching his Mass of thanksgiving, and beginning a new assignment (official announcement coming soon...).

The choir at the home parish has been very gracious in accommodating my demanding requests of music for the anniversary Mass. Here's a sampling of the pieces they have agreed to sing for the Mass:

For the offertory


The Solemn "Te Deum" will be chanted at the end of Mass

The Recessional

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

List This Under Something I'll Do One of These Days: the Chartres Pilgrimage...

One of these days I'm going to make this pilgrimage. A walk of about 75 miles over three days from Notre Dame in Paris to the Cathedral in Chartres. Along the way Masses are offered (in the "Extraordinary Form") and confessions are heard at various stations. The pilgrimage culminates with a Solemn Mass celebrated at Chartres. First made in the 12th century, interrupted from time to time, but more or less an annual event for 800 years. Check out the website (in English) HERE. Check out some pictures below: