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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Posted:  August 20, 2020

Dear saints,

India is an ancient civilization with time tested virtues and defects. As with most aspirational nuggets, a virtue mined out of an ancient anthology of poems in my mother tongue, Tamil seems relevant. Kaniyan Poongundranar, in Purananru wrote these words 3000 years ago, யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் ரேளிர்—yaadhum oore yaavarum kelir, which means, “I am a world citizen, and everyone is my own kith and kin.”

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Christ's Presence in the Sacrament

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July 18, 2020

Dear friends,
I want to personally thank you for your faithfulness in navigating this season of COVID-19 to the best of your ability. You have shown courage, creativity, and flexibility. Accompanying the faithful, you stepped into uncharted territory with trepidation, but also with curiosity. Together, you helped navigate challenges...

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Mission Home Run for Jesus

Thursday, July 16, 2020


One of the clearest teachings of Jesus that transcends religious and other categories of reality is when he identified with the outcasts of his time. “...just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 24:40. 

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A Call to Read, Watch and Pray

Friday, June 19, 2020


Dear saints,

I pray that you and yours are well this Juneteenth. I have been asking us to watch and pray. I now call upon you to do so by considering a diocesan wide sacramental journey to engage our baptismal identity as a Eucharistic community. Let me describe this call first and then explain why.  READ MORE HERE

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