August 30, 2015

The week before last I got a late-night phone call from a friar I know in Durham and the news he shared left me stunned. A woman I knew well from my time at the parish in Durham had died that day, had taken her own life. How could this be? I had seen her last about a...

August 23, 2015

You may have noticed this past week that we have a new carpet in the church. It was quite a thing to see it all happen. Workers came in the week before, unbolted all the pews and stacked them in rows along the edges of the church, set down the new carpet, and then...

August 16, 2015

Well the summer rolls right along as here we are halfway through August and – hard to believe – school starts up this week. I was away for some time on vacation the week before last, and spent a good part of it in New Hampshire at our family house on Lovell Lake not...

August 9, 2015

You might recall that last December we made a year-end request for funds that would go toward a maintenance project here at St. Francis. Our Finance Council has a subcommittee that has looked at short and long term maintenance needs here and that subcommittee has...

August 2, 2015

A little break on a Sunday night as I step away from ESPN and the Red Sox-Tigers game….this past week I finished reading a book called Prayer: Our Deepest Longing by Ronald Rolheiser. It’s a short book, only 70 pages. Here’s an excerpt from the...