Entries by Laurie Hallstrom

They were seeking someone — Jesus Christ

World Youth Day has come and gone. More than a million young people gathered in Poland — pilgrims seeking something in their lives. In reality, they were not seeking something, but someone, Jesus Christ. I was one of those pilgrims, along with 85 other bishops from the United States who met in Krakow for this […]

Helpful hints: How to welcome your new pastor

It’s been said that a pastor is the only person in the parish who can make everyone happy — some are happy when he comes and the majority come to know and trust him over time as he ministers to them during his tenure, and he makes the rest happy when he leaves. In truth, […]

‘My heart is filled with deep gratitude’

Blessings to all of you as we find ourselves midway through the summer. This is the time of the year for me when three meaningful days come into play within thirty-four days — my birthday, the anniversary of my priesthood ordination and the anniversary of my episcopal ordination. These three events are monumental occasions of grace […]

Pilgrimage reawakens spiritual life

This past February, I was blessed to be on the diocesan pilgrimage with Bishop Robert Gruss. It was a whirlwind pilgrimage, as we visited France, Spain and Portugal in 10 days. The weather wasn’t the greatest, but praying at these holy sites and pondering the Blessed Mother’s appearances to St. Bernadette in Lourdes, St. James in […]

Zestfully living the Gospel mission

Engaging your faith in an intentional way (more than merely going to Mass once a week) will bear fruit in your life and the life of your family far beyond what you can image. You will be amazed what God will do for you, with you and through you. When we give the Lord control […]

Speaker to address porn addiction

By Chancery Staff One of the most harmful problems and grave issues in our culture today is pornography. Addiction to pornography is a serious problem in epidemic proportions. The rapid growth to this addiction has grown exponentially in the Internet age. Pornography is addictive in any medium, but because the Internet is at our fingertips […]