Canons Regular Salute Cardinal George

Part of the Cardinal's Major Legacy Thrives in Chicago

04/20/2015 Comment
Courtesy St. John Cantius Church

Cardinal George poses with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in 2013; embedded photo also courtesy of the Canons Regular

– Courtesy St. John Cantius Church

Cardinal Francis George holds a special place in the hearts of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.

This community of priests and brothers dedicated to the “Restoration of the Sacred” grew from a small group — at the once-flourishing church that become by the 1990s a place well-worn down, falling apart and in need of serious repairs and restoration  (and with few parishioners) — to today’s St. John Cantius Church, a jewel of sacred liturgies and music, glorious liturgical art and an ever-growing and thriving congregation (see video of this here).

Cardinal George surely envisioned what would one day come to be.

“Here are the beginnings of an order founded to make available to the...READ MORE

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Exceptional Devotion: Divine Mercy Novena

04/02/2015 Comments (18)
Courtesy of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Original image of Jesus the Divine Mercy in Vilnius

– Courtesy of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy is the unmistakable and unbreakable connection that begins during the Triduum and continues uninterrupted through Easter, straight to Divine Mercy Sunday.

In fact, Our Lord gave us an exceptionally powerful connection to what he did on Calvary and Easter Sunday, and the mercy he wants to pour out to us on Divine Mercy Sunday — the Chaplet of Divine Mercy said as a novena.

A novena, of course, is nine days of prayer.

St. Faustina tells us the Lord directed her to say this chaplet for nine days before the feast of Mercy, and it is to begin on Good Friday (Diary, 796).

Jesus told her: “By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls.”

If we haven’t done so yet, now...READ MORE

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A Story of Two Holy Week Commemorations

03/30/2015 Comments (1)

As churches celebrate the solemn events of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday, commemorations range from the simple to the elaborate.

In Colorado's San Luis Valley, the small town of San Luis (which is a couple of hours from Pueblo) has an outdoors Stations of the Cross. This Way of the Cross goes along a nearly mile-long trail leading up to the top of a mesa.

People come to this Stations of the Cross Shrine all year. The magnificent sculptures are done by internationally known sculptor Huberto Maestas, himself a San Luis native. The Vatican Museums have copies of these stations. The full story is here.

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Keep Company With St. Joseph

03/19/2015 Comments (8)

As head of the Holy Family, St. Joseph’s silence speaks eloquently about the company we keep.

Who did he spend time with every day? Who did he live with, and who did he talk to and listen to? Mary and Jesus.

What a lesson he gives to fathers and what a model he provides for them as a foundation for leading their families. In fact, what a lesson it is for every member of the family, too.

Fathers today — and this goes for father figures, whether they have biological children or not, because they might have godchildren or nephews and nieces — need to spend time with Jesus and Mary every day, modeling themselves after St. Joseph. He shows the way.

There is daily Mass, if possible. There is...READ MORE

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Cook Your Way Through Lent

Recipes for soul and body, for these 40 days and beyond

03/07/2015 Comments (3)

Lent is a time for focusing even more on our spiritual journey, as we head toward Easter, traveling to our destination with our eyes fixed on, as my wife would say, a spiritual GPS system: God’s Precious Son.

As humans, we need two kinds of food — one to fuel the soul and one to feed the body.

To help with both, there’s A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics by Angelo Stagnaro, wherein he gives us recipes for both body and soul in a palatable way.

This is no ordinary cookbook. With Lenten ingredients and detailed recipes for the spiritual part of our journey, this is the only cookbook that has actually received an imprimatur. You read correctly — an imprimatur: from Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Bishop...READ MORE

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A Song of Salvation

Threads link shrine-recorded CD to a saint and possible future saint.

02/15/2015 Comments (1)
Courtesy of Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.

Msgr. Joseph Hirsch's CD is now available by popular demand after showings on EWTN.

– Courtesy of Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.

Less than two weeks ago, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., received 1,000 audio CDs it had made of a song from a music video called The Salvation Poem.
“We put it on YouTube, and the video’s producers gave it to EWTN,” Jack Socha told me. Socha, who works in the communications department at the shrine and does a radio show for the La Crosse Diocese, said EWTN has been airing the music video on occasion for more than a year.
Once viewers saw the short video of Msgr. Joseph Hirsch, a priest with the La Crosse Diocese, singing The Salvation Poem, they began phoning in about it from all over the country. As they continued to call, the shrine decided to put the song...READ MORE

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National Open-House Day Opens Minds and Hearts

Events Held Across the United States to Celebrate the Year for Consecrated Life

02/11/2015 Comments (1)
Courtesy of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious

A sister of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus gets ready to welcome visitors to the order's open-house event.

– Courtesy of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious

Visitors poured into more than 150 convents, monasteries and motherhouses across the United States this past Sunday, Feb. 8, in a first-ever national open-house event to celebrate the Year for Consecrated Life.

According to the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), some convents received as many as 450 visitors in a single location, as sisters welcomed the public and answered questions about consecrated life.

“It was such a pleasure to work with religious sisters from across the country, opening our doors to families of the Catholic faithful and introducing them to religious life,” said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior general of the Sisters of Life and chairwoman of...READ MORE

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Proven Way to End Abortion

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy Can End Abortion

01/22/2015 Comments (8)
courtesy National Shrine of Divine Mercy/Marians

– courtesy National Shrine of Divine Mercy/Marians

The March for Life 2015 may be over, but keep praying to end abortion. One of the most powerful prayers is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

That is right from St. Maria Faustina’s experience and teaching.

It’s time to realize the circumstances for which St. Faustina received the chaplet and how they tie into our present day.

So remind Divine Mercy for America’s initiators and directors, Joan and Dave Maroney, remind us. They are the founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception based at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.

“Many are unaware that the Lord originally requested this prayer, in...READ MORE

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Joseph Pronechen is staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005. His articles have appeared regularly in a number of national publications including Columbia magazine, Faith and Family, Catholic Digest, and Marian Helper. His religion features have also appeared in Fairfield County Catholic and in one of Connecticut’s largest news dailies. He holds BS and MS degrees and formerly taught English and courses in film study that he developed at a Catholic high school in Connecticut. Joseph and his wife Mary reside in Connecticut.