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August 16

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last weekend I was speaking with a lady from Philadelphia who had come to Sunday Mass. After she mentioned that this was her first time in Chicago and therefore the first time she had come to St. Peter’s, I commented to her that her City of Brotherly ... Read More »

August 9

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Someone told me the other day about a friend of his whose idea of a great vacation is to go to a beach with several books and then relax to take in the sun, the water, and whatever that authors bring to mind. I have to admit ... Read More »

August 2

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



As this month of August is beginning, it becomes all too clear that the Synod on the Family in Rome is only two months away. Not too long ago it seemed that the Synod was still far into the future, but it will be here before we ... Read More »

July 26

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



One of the comments I receive on a regular basis from people who visit St. Peter’s is the lament of parents who tell me about their adult children who no longer regularly practice their Catholic faith, at least when that applies to going to church regularly on ... Read More »

July 19

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



All too frequently the South Side of Chicago is featured on various newscasts in the city of Chicago. It seems that so often the focus of these reports are either about the high percentage of unemployment, the number of murders and shootings that occur in those neighborhoods, ... Read More »

July 12

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



It has now been several weeks since the publication of Pope Francis’ latest encyclical entitled Laudato Si’, or in English, Praise Be to You, echoing the first words of Francis of Assisi’s great poem speaking of the wonders of God’s creation. Certainly the encyclical has received a ... Read More »

July 5

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This weekend is probably one of the most looked forward to and readily celebrated among all the federal holidays on our national calendar. Partially because it appears in the middle of the summer with all the possibilities of spending time at the beach or in one of ... Read More »

June 28

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



The General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), who staff St. Peter’s, has recently concluded in Assisi after meeting for four weeks. During this time the Provincial Ministers from around the world listen to reports from the various Offices in the headquarters in Rome, elect ... Read More »

June 21

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This weekend we have the annual privilege of honoring fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers and anyone else who has had a fatherly influence in our lives. It can seem that Father’s Day takes a second place to our observance of Mother’s Day in terms of how we celebrate it. ... Read More »

June 14

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



The controversial Vatican probe of American Sisters that abruptly ended in April looked from the outside like a tense standoff between Rome and the U.S. Sisters, punctuated by occasional public jousts that appeared to signal even tougher negotiations behind closed doors. Not so, say the sisters, now ... Read More »