Homilies – Contributors
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Fr. Charles E. Irvin
Diocese of Lansing
Fr. Charles E. Irvin (1933 – 2021) was a priest for the Diocese of Lansing and our esteemed guest homilist for many years. His homilies are published here with the author’s permission. May his soul rest in God’s peace. He had dedicated his life to serving others and spreading the message of love, compassion, and faith.
The Dominican friars in England, Wales, and Scotland are part of the Dominican Order, also known as the Order of Preachers. The Dominicans are a religious order within the Catholic Church, founded by St. Dominic de Guzman in the 13th century.
In England, Wales, and Scotland, the Dominican friars are actively involved in various ministries and apostolates. They engage in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, spiritual guidance, and intellectual pursuits. They aim to promote the Gospel message and the values of the Dominican tradition, which include study, contemplation, and community life.
Bishop Robert Barron
Robert Emmet Barron (born November 19, 1959) is an American prelateof the Catholic Church who has served as bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester since 2022. He is the founder of the Catholic ministerial organization Word on Fire, and was the host of Catholicism, a documentary TV series about Catholicism that aired on PBS. He served as rector at Mundelein Seminary from 2012 to 2015 and as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 2015 to 2022.
Barron has published books, essays, and articles on theology and spirituality. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, and EWTN.
He has been informally called the “bishop of social media” and the “bishop of the Internet”. As of November 2022, Barron’s regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 116 million times; he has over 3 million followers on Facebook, 360,000 on Instagram, and 215,000 on Twitter.
Fr. Tony Kadavil
FR. TONY’S HOMILIES
Fr. Anthony Kadavil was ordained priest at 28 in 1967. He secured his master’s degree in Botany in 1969. He started his part time parish ministry as pastor in 1969, continuing it for 24 years and taught pre-degree, degree and postgraduate students as professor of botany and director of religious education and administrator of students hostels at Berchmans College for 25 years. After retiring from the college in 1993, he served three parishes as full-time pastor in the mission for nine years.
Fr. Tony started his homily ministry (Scriptural Homilies) in 2003 while he was the chaplain at Sacred Heart residence, applying his scientific methodology to the homily ministry. By word of mouth, it spread to hundreds of priests and Deacons, finally reaching Vatican Radio website. These homilies reach nearly 3000 priests and Deacons by direct email every week. Fr. Tony warmly invites priests and deacons and the public to visit his website and use it for their preaching and teaching ministries.
Fr. George Corrigan, OFM
Father George Corrigan, OFM, is a Franciscan priest who belongs to the Order of Friars Minor (OFM), also known as the Franciscans. The Franciscan order is a religious order within the Catholic Church founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in the 13th century.
As an OFM priest, Father George Corrigan is likely involved in various ministries and activities within the Franciscan community. Franciscan friars typically embrace a life of poverty, simplicity, and service to others, following the example of Saint Francis. They often engage in pastoral work, spiritual direction, teaching, and other forms of ministry based on the needs of their local community.
Fr. Austin Fleming
Father Austin Fleming is a Catholic priest and author. He has written several books, including “A Concordance to the Order of Mass” and “The Layman’s Missal Companion.” Father Fleming is known for his expertise in liturgy and the Catholic Mass. He has dedicated his ministry to helping individuals deepen their understanding and participation in the liturgical life of the Church. Through his writings and teachings, Father Fleming strives to make the rich traditions and rituals of the Catholic faith accessible and meaningful to people of all backgrounds.
Fr. George Smiga
ON THE WORD
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fr. Smiga was ordained as a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland in 1975. In 1985 he received the degree of Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a specialization in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He presently serves on the scripture and homiletic faculty of St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, Ohio. He is also an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association and a regular teacher at The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies.
He is the author of the article on “Caravaggio” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Art (2015), and Angels in the Bible (Liturgical Press, February 2021). In 2009 he was the Walter and Mary Tuohy Professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland. He writes a monthly column for Living With Christ (Bayard) and contributes regularly to Give Us This Day (Liturgical Press).
Fr. Anthony Ekpunobi, C.M.
OF THE MISSION,
Father Anthony Ekpunobi, C.M., is a Catholic priest and member of the Congregation of the Mission, also known as the Vincentians. The Vincentians are a religious community founded by St. Vincent de Paul in the 17th century, dedicated to serving the poor and marginalized.
Born in 1977 in the eastern city of Enugu in Nigeria, he joined the Congregation of the Mission, Province of Nigeria in 1997, and was ordained in 2007. He has a PhD in theology from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2021.
He served as the Vice Rector of SS. Simon & Jude Minor Seminary, Kuje, Abuja, Nigeria (2007 – 2011); the spiritual director of The International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS), Ukraine (2011 – 2019); the parish priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel with St. JohnBosco Parish, Blackley, Manchester (2019 – 2021); the parish priest of Our Lady & St John Parish, Chorlton, Manchester since November 2021.
Msgr. Joseph Pellegrino
Msgr. Joseph Pellegrino is a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. He had shepherded the parish community of St. Ignatius of Antioch in Tarpon Springs for over 25 years, after having served as founding pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Largo.
Msgr. Pellegrino entered the Salesian religious order in New Jersey. After completing his studies, he was ordained a priest on April 16, 1977. He came to the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 1979 and was incardinated as a priest of the Diocese in 1982.
Msgr. Charles Pope
ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON D.C.
Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, a vibrant parish community in Washington, DC. A native of Chicago with a bachelor degree in computer science, his interest in the priesthood stemmed from his experience as a church musician. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and was ordained in 1989. A pastor since 2000, he also has led Bible studies in the U.S. Congress and at the White House in past years.
Msgr. Pope is known for his commitment to presenting and explaining the teachings of the Catholic Church with clarity and conviction. His writings often touch on a wide range of topics, including theology, spirituality, moral issues, and current events.
Fr. Robert Altier
Fr. Robert J. Altier was ordained to the Priesthood in 1989 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St Paul, MN. He served for three years as an Associate Pastor at the Church of St. Raphael in Crystal and he served as the Associate Pastor at the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul for fourteen years. He has served the church as a Chaplain at the Regina Medical Center in Hastings, MN. Fr. Altier has lectured throughout the Twin Cities and is best known for his series on The Fundamentals of Catholicism (EWTN) and for his devotion to the Eucharist and to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Fr. Michael Chua
ARCHDIOCESE OF KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Fr. Michael Chua is a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Parish Priest of Church of the Holy Family, Kajang and Ecclesiastical Assistant for the Catholic Ministry for the Deaf.
Fr. Tom Lynch
PRIESTS FOR LIFE
Fr. Tom Lynch is the President of Priests For Life Canada. Fr. Tom has been directly involved in advocating for the rights of the weak and defenseless for the past 30 plus years.
Fr. Tom was born in Lindsay, Ontario, on July 29, 1957, and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario, on May 25, 1984. His extensive knowledge and experience has made him a popular advocate, lecturer, and teacher in the area of family and life. His work includes: Ethics Consultant with the Archdiocese of Toronto, Ontario Catholic Conference of Bishops, and the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops (1994-2006); Lecturer in Moral Theology; St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto ON, where he teaches Bioethics, Sexuality, and Marriage, and Papal Teaching on Social Justice (1995-present); and Lecturer at St. Paul’s University, Ottawa ON where he taught on Sexual Issues and Catholic Morality, Bioethics, and Introduction to Moral Theology.
In addition to his role as National President of Priests For Life Canada, Fr. Tom serves as rector of St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral Church in Peterborough, Ontario.
Fr. Jude Langeh, CMF
Fr. Jude Langeh, CMF, is a Claretian Missionary, and Major Superior of the Claretian Missionaries, Cameroon.
In 2001, he became fascinated with Mahatma Gandhi after reading his autobiography. In 2005 when completing his Philosophy Degree, he conducted a research study on Gandhi’s Philosophy of Nonviolence submitted to the Pontifical Urban University in Rome and in the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.
He has advocated for the Gandhi world through his book entitled Africa needs Gandhi. His visits to India has given him an opportunity to give conferences on Gandhi at Many Universities in India: New Delhi University, University of Hyderabad, Shridhar University, NIZAM College Hyderabad etc.
Fr. Phil Bloom
ST. MARY OF THE VALLEY
Fr. Phil Bloom was ordained in 1971 and serves as pastor of St. Mary of the Valley in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Father Bloom received his religious education at public elementary & secondary schools, B.A. in Philosophy from St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, WA; S.T.B. from Gregorian University, Rome and S.T.L. from Angelicum in Rome. He was ordained at St Peter’s Basilica, Rome in 1971.
He spent seven years as a missionary in Peru, where he helped found the Mary Bloom Center (named for his mother), which is dedicated to the medical and educational needs of the poorest people in the city of Puno.
PRAYER AND HOMILY
Father Thomas J. Lane is a priest of the Diocese of Cloyne (Ireland) and is Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.
He earned his S.T.D. from the Gregorian University and his thesis Luke and the Gentile Mission: Gospel anticipates Acts is published by Peter Lang Press. He earned his S.S.L. from the Biblical Institute and his S.T.B and B.A. in Ancient Classics from St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland.
Having completed his studies and before coming to teach in the U.S., Father Lane was Assistant Pastor in various parishes for ten years, taught several courses on the Scriptures to adults in his diocese, and authored Parish Bible Study Courses for the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, UK. He has made a number of recordings of talks and biblical meditations.
Fr. Michael Fallon, MSC
ST. MARY’S TOWERS
DOUGLAS PARK, NSW
Father Michael Fallon is a Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC). Since his ordination in 1961 his ministry has been largely devoted to teaching. After ten years teaching in secondary schools, he was chaplain at the University of New South Wales in Kensington, NSW. With a licentiate in Sacred Scripture (LSS) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, he lectured for a number of years at the then Saint Paul’s National Seminary in Kensington NSW. From 1994 to 2001 he was in the parish of Henley Beach, Adelaide SA, where he contributed to Adult Education. He has ministered in Canberra ACT since 2002 in the parish of Kippax, ACT, and contributing to Adult Education in the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn. In 2014 he moved to Saint Mary’s Towers, Douglas Park, as part of the Retreat House Team.
Michael has published commentaries on all of the Books of the Old and New Testaments (see the link ‘Books’ in the menu at the top of this page). He has also published a ‘Companion to the Catechism’, a Reflection on the Psalms, ‘Praying the Psalms with Jesus’, and an Introduction to the Old Testament. He has lectured widely, especially on Sacred Scripture, throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, India, Fiji and Israel.
Fr. John Kavanaugh, S.J.
SCHOLAR AND AUTHOR (1941-2012)
John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., was a longtime philosophy professor at the University of St. Louis and a frequent contributor to America. He died in 2012.
Bishop Frank Schuster
Bishop Frank Schuster is the regional Bishop for the South King, Pierce, Olympic, South Sound, and Southern deaneries, as well as Vicar General, for the Archdiocese of Seattle.
He was born in Mount Vernon, Washington, to John and Virginia Schuster. At age 6 he, along with his parents and two siblings, Carolyn and John, moved to Maple Valley, where they lived along the Cedar River. He enjoyed his family-focused, Catholic upbringing and attended Kennedy Catholic High School, where his father was the principal for more than 20 years.
At the University of Washington, Bishop Schuster earned his B.A. in psychology, but spent most of his time at the Newman Center in peer ministry.
After college, he attended Mundelein Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL).
Fr. Michael Cummins
VICAR OF PRIESTS,
Fr. Michael Cummins is a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville, TN. Ordained in 1995, he has served in a variety of roles within his diocese. Currently he is serving as pastor of St. Dominic Church in Kingsport, TN. Fr. Cummins holds a Masters of Divinity and Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary) in Chicago. He has a deep interest in Christian Anthropology and the interaction between faith and culture. In 2004, Fr. Cummins encountered the Community of Sant’Egidio while leading a pilgrimage in Rome. Since then, he has been a member of this recognized lay ecclessial movement and draws much strength from the Community’s vision of prayer, faithful friendship with the poor and work for peace.
Father Cummins: 25 Years as a Priest (February 11, 2021)