Father John A. Kiley
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Bolzano is an Italian Alpine city not far at all from the Austrian border. A recent tour of northern Italy meant Saturday night in this mountain climbers’ and ski enthusiasts’ favored … more
One of the first victims of the renovations that occurred in Catholic Churches after the Second Vatican Council was the altar rail. Today most new churches are built without any consideration for an … more
Catholics fond of statues and pictures of medieval male saints like Francis of Assisi and Anthony of Padua and Thomas Aquinas and Bernard of Clairvaux can easily conclude that all men of that era … more
In a small parish graveyard outside of Orvieto in central Italy, the headstone for Archbishop Hannibal Bugnini reads simply “Liturgiae Amator & Cultor,” that is, “Lover and … more
Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston is a contemporary brick and mortar building with very minimal adornment. A couple of reverent banners and framed artwork flank the sanctuary proper. The … more
Of the many titles accorded Jesus Christ during his public life, the designation “Son of David” is linked by Saints Matthew, Mark and Luke with the healing ministry of the Messiah. In … more
My academic grades at LaSalle Academy in Providence, Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick and St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y., were almost invariably As and Bs. There was no A+ … more
My second pastor at Sacred Heart Church, Pawtucket, was Fr. Edmund I. Mullen, a Boston native but a longtime Providence priest. His first pastorate was St. Joseph Church at Hope Valley. Apparently … more
Scripture is clear that everything on the face of the planet was made from the dust of the earth. Rocks, trees, vegetables, animals, fish, even Adam, the first man, were formed from the dust of the … more
While waiting for a funeral cortege to arrive at St. Charles Church in Woonsocket, my attention was sadly drawn to a mattress, a blanket, and some paper cups concealed in a protected spot upon the … more
The Gospel accounts of Ss. Matthew, Mark and Luke each relate three occasions during Jesus’ public life when he offered ominous predictions of his Passion, Death and Resurrection. This coming … more
A few years ago a pay increase was proposed for the priests of the diocese. I was stationed in Warwick at the time so I attended a regional meeting on the issue at St. Paul Church in Cranston. A … more
Adorning the sanctuary at the cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence are three depictions of Christ’s last days and two portrayals from the later life of the Church. Central to the … more
Probably the least popular line in Scripture is found in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and will be heard in the second reading at Mass this Sunday. Or maybe St. Paul’s infamous words … more
Jesus instructs his followers very clearly in this coming Sunday’s Gospel account from St. John’s celebrated chapter six that ‘…the bread that I will give is my flesh for the … more
Seventy years ago a new house, one lot up, was built on my street. Max Diamond, a local mattress salesman, constructed a bricked-front cottage, garage and smart landscaping. During several very hot … more
God calls all manner of men and women to be his prophets, his seers, his saints. The prophet Amos, whose words are heard in this Sunday’s first reading, was a landscape gardener. He might have … more
Now that the Church’s liturgy is back in Ordinary (that is, numbered) Time, the Gospel account according to St. Mark will be proclaimed from Catholic pulpits until Advent. St. Mark’s … more
From the creation account in Genesis, through the release of the Hebrews from Egypt, during the sojourn in the wilderness and even into the apocalyptic visions of the later Hebrew Scriptures, it is … more
The Hebrew Scripture prophet Ezekiel is inspired in this coming Sunday’s first reading to compare the Kingdom of God to a mighty cedar tree which will “put forth branches and bear … more
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