22nd Sunday of the Year

Today’s readings clearly direct our attention to the importance of being generous and charitable to all, especially to the poor. The great sage Jesus ben-Sira (commonly called Sirach) begins this instruction with a reflection on the bond between humility and almsgiving; the Psalmist continues the theme, writing how our own kindness to the poor is […]

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20th Sunday of the Year

I have noted before that in order to establish the readings at each Sunday mass the Gospel passage is chosen first and then the remaining texts are selected to anticipate or complement the message of the Gospel.  Except for this past Easter season when the Gospel of John took center stage, we have been wending […]

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church marks the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when we recall a solemn article of our Catholic faith; namely, that Mary, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”  In some ancient western Christian traditions and in many eastern Christian traditions […]

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Condolences to Drake Family

“The Saint Vincent community extends its deepest sympathy to Coach Drake’s family, friends and the entire Steelers organization. As a member of the Steelers’ family, Darryl was also a member of the Saint Vincent family and we mourn together during this difficult time. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a passionate leader […]

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18th Sunday of the Year

“Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities!  All things are vanity!” (Qoh 1:2).  I am delighted to have a reading this Sunday from the Book of Ecclesiastes, also known as the Book of Qoheleth.  I am pleased first and foremost since this book conveys much wisdom and prudent advice, and it does so in […]

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Brother Gregory Makes First Vows

After spending a year as a novice, Brother Gregory Visca, O.S.B., of Valrico, Florida, professed simple vows as a Benedictine monk before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., on July 10, 2019 at Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He will spend three years as a junior monk prior to making solemn profession of vows, or vows […]

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