Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 22, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] As we move into the second half of Easter, the Gospel readings turn from the […]


Third Sunday of Easter – April 15, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The readings this week draw our attention to a topic that we may have thought […]





From the Editor – March/April 2018

In the last half of 2017, I had the pleasure of traveling to two Asian countries where our Congregation is experiencing phenomenal growth. The Philippines and Vietnam, along with India and Sri Lanka, are generating a very high proportion of our vocations worldwide. I came away from these trips filled with a profound sense of […]


Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 18, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The first reading this week takes us back to the time just after the destruction […]


Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 11, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] All committed relationships are risky because they carry within them the possibility of betrayal, infidelity, […]


Third Sunday of Lent – March 4, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The first readings for Lent this year highlight a fundamental feature of the Old Testament […]


Second Sunday of Lent – February 25, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]


First Sunday of Lent – February 18, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]







The Epiphany of the Lord – January 7, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]



Art Review

Master of the Housebook The Last Supper Washing of the Apostles Feet John Christman, SSS Many years ago, an art professor of mine told a humorous story about a classmate of his in art school. Apparently, his classmate enjoyed signing paintings with a very elaborate and eye-catching signature. During a critique one day, the other […]