Remembering a diaconal giant, my dear friend Rita Chairez

It’s All Souls Day and each of us carry in our hearts loved ones whose lives and memories we cherish. My own heart aches to have recently lost a dear friend, community leader and Dolores Mission ministry colleague, Rita Chairez. She passed away October 18 at 62. Mamá Rita, as she was affectionately known by incarcerated people, […]

Ignatian Family Teach-In: Rooted and Renewing

We’ve just returned from a dynamic 25th Anniversary Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, DC, October 22-24. The event drew some 2,000 students and campus ministers from more than 55 high schools and 25 colleges, in addition to laity, religious and clergy from scores of parishes and other Catholic organizations. The theme, “Rooted and Renewing”, highlights […]

All manner of stamina and dedication

Hermana Ciria and I walked in the blazing summer sun onto a small wooden boat heading out onto Madre de Dios, a calm river in the Amazon that meanders by Riberalta, Bolivia – the heart of the Bolivian Amazon. A young adult worker on the boat looked at Hermana Ciria and recognized her. “I remember […]

The holy witnesses of Martha, Mary, Mary Magdalene & the Syrophoenician woman

Greetings during these weeks of summer. I hope they provide opportunities for you to enjoy parks, swimming pools, beaches or mountains, to reconnect with family and friends, or to engage in a fun hobby awaiting your slower pace. We had hoped to be sharing our synthesis report this week and apologize for its delay as […]