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008a Picture 2 No Red EyeHere I Am Lord
By Br. Jonathan Ryan, S.J.C

From March 4 to 6, Brother Mark and I had the opportunity to represent the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius at the “Here I Am Lord Vocations Conference.” This remarkably extensive annual gathering included dozens of religious communities, several nationally-renowned speakers, and thousands of youth in attendance. As it was held at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, IL, just across the Archdiocesan boarder lines in the Diocese of Rockford, Br. Mark and I commuted each day from St. John’s, and were reminded of how fortunate we are to rarely experience Chicago morning rush-hour traffic!

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By Br. Jonathan Ryan, S.J.C.
Published in the Winter edition of Sacred Music

This calendar year marks the centennial anniversary of the birth of not only one of the greatest composers in twentieth-century Western Music, but also one of the greatest craftsmen of the Catholic faith in art from our time. Yet, the music of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) often finds itself conspicuously absent from the performance venue and university classroom alike. But what about those of us who serve in the music programs of Catholic institutions? Are we missing anything?

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006a josephBy Fr. Anthony J. Rice, S.J.C.

St. Joseph plays a prominent role in the first few chapters of the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke. The seasons of Advent and Christmas are an excellent time to meditate on St. Joseph. The Church wants us to know more about St. Joseph and his role in the great plan of Redemption. Of all men, Joseph was chosen to be the husband of Mary, the Foster Father of Christ, the Guardian of the Redeemer, and the Head of the Holy Family. Therefore, we can rightly say that he is blessed among all men

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