A Time to Gather

New York, Feast of Padre Pio. This morning the city awoke to a chill, clear autumn day; the storms of yesterday have passed. The promise of a glorious fall is in the air. And today’s first reading, from Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, seems right on cue. There is indeed a time for all things, and through all

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Padre Pio Reconciliation Mission

Thy Kingdom Come! Dear Missionaries, I hope this note finds you well, enjoying the last warm days of summer! Schools are open, Covid restrictions have been lifted – life has started to feel normal! For us apostles, normal means we continue to bring souls closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ! Next week, on Friday, we

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Inside the Cup

Wash your hands! Watch your distance! Don’t touch anything or anyone! Over the last two years, we have taken our hygiene to the next level—and many continue to worry that the air around them is germ-filled and dangerous. We’re now used to masking up, and we’ve learned to pump the Purell at every turn. We’ve

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Last Chance Saturday

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 7 – Holy Saturday St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, SoHo.  Some of our missionaries like to refer to Holy Saturday as “Last Chance Saturday”, i.e. the last chance before Easter to get in that Confession you’ve been promising us you’d do all week.  And for those of you keeping up on

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These Things the Lord Has Done

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 6 – Good Friday  “And my soul shall live for Him, my children serve Him. They shall tell of the Lord for generations yet to come, Declare His faithfulness to peoples yet unborn: These things the Lord has done.” Ps 22: 31-32 Prince and Mott, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.  As

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A Day to Sow

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 5 – Holy Thursday Sign up to be a Holy Week Missionary! Corner of Prince and Mott, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, SoHo.  There are days to harvest, and days to sow.  Today was a day to sow.  Holy Thursdays are often like this.  The great Easter holiday can creep up

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Opening a Path to Easter

NYC Holy Week Mission A woman walks into Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for reasons she doesn’t understand or question. Born under Communism in Eastern Europe, she made her way to America in the 1990s and went on to build an investment business with multiple offices in the U.S. and abroad. She is confident and well put

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Two Worlds

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 2 St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, New York.  It’s 9:00 pm, and the last penitents of the evening have left, light and happy.  Over the course of the evening, our small band of a dozen lay missionaries had spoken with hundreds of souls passing through the cathedral, distributed 750 rosaries,

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Reconciliation Monday 2022

For over a decade Steve Auth (aka The Missionary of Wall Street) and his wife Evelyn have been leading sidewalk missions at the Basilica in SoHo. This may be the world’s simplest and highest-yielding apostolate, with the lowest barrier to entry: we approach folks and ask them if they would like to go to Confession. The

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Holy Saturday: The Easter People

Last Chance Saturday The missionaries like to call Holy Saturday “Last Chance Saturday.”  It’s the day that we all run out of excuses.  “I’ll go to confession tomorrow.  I promise.”  “Do you know what tomorrow is, Julie?  It’s Easter!  We don’t do confessions on Easter!  This is it.  This is your last chance to get

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