Daniel Gast
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The Mission of Papa Francis

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments

In Chicago, I do not think anyone is smiling more broadly than Cardinal Archbishop George, Francis George, that is. Our own Francis has regularly appealed to us to get to the margins, to advocate and serve victims of violence, discrimination, and poverty.

The selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Christ's Vicar--and the humble surety with which he accepted the…


Parish Mission and Ministry to Veterans and Military Families

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:00am 1 Comment

Fr. Joe Mulcrone directs Chicago's archdiocesan ministry to deaf and hearing impaired persons. A week after Veterans Day he was stopped near the end of his workout at the gym. It was a familiar voice that called him off the treadmill, that of a Viet Nam veteran.

"Hey, Father. Damndest thing just happened in church on Veterans Day. At the end of Sunday mass, Father stops everything and asks all the veterans to stand and get a blessing. People applauded! I didn't know that some people I…


Receiving the First Time Pastor

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 12:39pm 0 Comments

Some may be saying it ain’t so, but really, when your parish got a new, new pastor, odds are you drew one of the long straws.  Your sense of parish mission is about to be stretched.


Here is what we learned about first-time pastors in the INSPIRE project.  They bring energy, and they bring spiritual depth refined by a sense of anticipation and vulnerability. For what seems to them ages, they’ve been rehearsing this role, usually as associate pastors. (Chicago still enjoys the…


Missions that Matter

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:46pm 1 Comment

In Chicago, we are daily, weekly, conscious of the reputation we are getting. Our children are dying, victims of gunfire, and at least some of the shooters are children. Days ago, on the steps of a Catholic Church on our South Side, as a funeral service let out, two people were shot, the young man who died on the sidewalk shot 17 times.


The weekend after, a large group of parishioners arrived from another parish 30 miles to the north, just to offer solidarity and join in…


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