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Posted: March 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Just in case you’re a subscriber to the blog, I wanted to let you know that this blog for has moved directly to the site itself after more than a year on WordPress.

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Thanks so much for reading and commenting on the blog. I hope you come over to its new home!


TJ Dygert is going to leave a legacy of life at Loyola University Maryland. And he’s not apologizing for it. But, he’s also going to do it peacefully and prayerfully and hope others begin to view opposing abortion as as a social justice issue. Check out this video interview with him at the March for Life in Washington Jan. 25.

The apostolic administrator of Baltimore, Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O’Brien, came back to Baltimore for a news conference today. It was the first time the Pro Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem had been in Baltimore publicly since being named to the college of cardinals. He talked about his time in Baltimore and got emotional twice as he thought about leaving the Premier See.

Here, in full, is the video of his press conference. Tune in tomorrow to the all-new for more.

For anyone who grew up during the late 1980s and early 1990s, it’s impossible to look at Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg and not think “Marky Mark.” It’s been a long, strange journey for Wahlberg, who was involved in drugs and violence as a teenager, became a rap sensation and then, oddly, one of Hollywood’s most popular actors.
He’s also a devout Catholic with a family he loves, according to this video interview with CBS. He also carries around a dictionary so he knows what the word “consubstantial” means.
It’s interesting to see an actor casually drop his Catholic knowledge and experience during a national interview. Even Marky Mark was impacted by the Missal translation changes.
In an interview with The Catholic Herald in 2010, Wahlberg offered this interesting insight into his life.

“Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life,” the A-list actor tells me firmly when we meet for tea in a posh hotel near his home in Beverly Hills. “The first thing I do when I start my day is, I get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to God. Whenever I go outside of my house, the first thing I do is stop at the church. The kids will be mad with me. ‘Daddy! It takes too long!’ I’m saying: ‘It’s only 10 minutes and this is something I really need to do.’ Because I do. If I can start my day out by saying my prayers and getting myself focused, then I know I’m doing the right thing. That 10 minutes helps me in every way throughout the day.”

Wahlberg stars in the R-rated “Contraband,” which opens in theaters this week.

Frequent Catholic Review photography contributor Bill McAllen contributed these two great videos from Aberdeen, which show the schoolchildren of St. Joan of Arc in Aberdeen celebrating the 600th birthday of St. Joan of Arc herself. Enjoy.

I got a chance to speak with several students of Mercy High School as the school celebrated the Religious Sisters of Mercy’s Foundation Day Dec. 12. Enjoy the insights of Genai Brisbon, Leah Hill, Rachel Bourne, Brooke Burghardt and Emily Schreiber. They talk about their call to social justice and what they can do to help in the 21st century.

Foundation Day is one in which Mercy Sisters reflection upon their origins with Mother Catherine McAuley, their present mission and their future work. Sister Deirdre Mullan spoke to Mercy High School students about the global outreach of the Sisters of Mercy Dec. 12. It was a captivating glimpse into the life of the Sisters of Mercy and a motivational talk for the young women who will carry on the mantle of leadership. Enjoy the audio from that address.