Ordination to the Priesthood – May 28, 2022

Welcome to St. James Cathedral on this joy-filled day as we are about to ordain Deacon Zackary Gray and Deacon Joseph Tran, our brothers, to the priesthood. I extend a special welcome to your parents, your brothers, and sisters; your …

Chrism Mass – April 13, 2022

The first Scripture reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah announces, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me.” My brothers, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you. On the day …

Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 2021

Today we celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe, we are honoring Mary the mother of Jesus, but also Juan Diego. Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to a holy and humble man …

Ordination to the Priesthood – May 29, 2021

I welcome you this morning to this beautiful Basilica dedicated to Mary, Queen of the Universe. On this joy-filled day, as we are about to ordain three of our brothers to the priesthood, I welcome especially Deacon Roberto Jesús Marquez, …

Baccalaureate Mass – May 2021

We come to give thanks tonight/today in prayer to God, faculty, parents and you, our graduating Class of 2021. The Baccalaureate Mass is a rich ritual of prayer and reflection for graduates. Reflecting on the book by Jim Clarke, Creating

Chrism Mass – March 31, 2021

I remember seeing the cover of Time Magazine with these words, “Is God Dead.” I had no idea what it meant, nor did I know who Friedrich Nietzsche was. But it left me asking why was this on the cover …

Mass for Life – January 21, 2021

Pope Francis dedicated the year 2021 to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church that we the people of God may discover “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” as a source of spiritual guidance and …

Fr. Eamon Tobin’s Funeral Mass – Jan. 12, 2021

From the Gospel of St. Matthew, we heard these words of Jesus, “I assure you as often as you did it for one of my least brothers/sisters, you did it for me” – these words are from the Gospel that …

The Nativity of the Lord – December 24, 2020

The crib is the central and visible attraction for young children at Christmas. Watch the little children come to the crib to say hello and welcome the baby Jesus. It is amazing to see how excited they are at welcoming …

Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate – Oct. 3, 2020

Today, the Church of Orlando is blessed as we are about to ordain 14 of our brothers to the Permanent Diaconate. I welcome you to the beautiful Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. I thank …